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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students
Strategies for Teaching and Assessment

November 2009 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Connects theory to practice while presenting foundational teaching and assessment practices for CLDE students

Practical in nature and designed with an eye toward universal design for learning, this text brings together foundational information from special education and ELL/bilingual fields to help teachers address the specific needs of culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional (CLDE) students.

Key Features

  • Case studies from teachers, students, and parents describe the personal challenges of CLDE students
  • Authentic student language examples illustrate the concepts described and make practical connections to the research discussed
  • Activities for further understanding allow students to review key points and connects theory to classroom practice

Ancillaries available at

  • Password-protected instructor resources include PowerPoint lecture slides, sample syllabi, and Web resources.
  • An open-access student study site provides online video clips of teachers in action, which exemplify different strategies and are accompanied by critical thinking questions from the authors. Students can also access additional case studies and relevant SAGE journal articles from the study site.

1. Introduction
Establishing the Rationale: Demographics of Students in Our Classrooms

Setting the Context: Laws That Impact Program Options for CLDE Students

New Directions in Teacher Training


Activities for Further Understanding

SECTION I: Understanding Student Backgrounds
2. Collaborating With Families
Creating Relationships With CLD Families

Considerations of Culture When Working With CLD Families

Empowering Families


Activities for Further Understanding

3. Understanding Language Acquisition
Interlanguage: The Journey From First Language to Second Language Proficiency

Second Language Acquisition Theories

Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition


Activities For Further Understanding

4. Understanding Fluency
Proficiency: What Does It Mean to Be "Fluent" in a Language?

Cummins's BICS and CALPS Model

Canale and Swain's Four-Part Model of Communicative Competence


Activities For Further Understanding

Section II: Strategies for Assessment and Planning for Instruction
5. Strategies for the Assessment Process
The Instruction/Assessment Cycle in Special Education

Thes Eligibility Process and CLDE Students

Tailoring Assessment Procedures for CLDE Students


Activities for Further Understanding

6. Collaboration Skills
Diversifying the Concept of Collaboration

Foundations of Collaboration

Creating a Collaborative School Culture

Co-Teaching as Collaboration

Working With Paraprofessionals


Activities For Further Understanding

7. Planning Instruction
Planning for Instruction

A Philosophy of Differentiation

Universal Design for Learning

Application of Differentiation and UDL: Backward Design Planning

Planning Pyramid for Instruction and RTI

Planning and Classroom Management


Activities For Further Understanding

8. Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Introduction and Definitions

Develop and Maintain Strong Teacher-Student Relationships

Emphasize Consistent Dialogical Interaction

Incorporate and Validate Space for Student Voice and Identity

Make Content Relevant to All Students in the Classroom


Activities For Further Understanding

Section III: Strategies for Content and Language Acquisition
9. Teaching Strategies: An Integrated Content-Language Approach
Strategy 9.1: Making the Content Comprehensible With the 3-Way Model

Strategy 9.2: Front-Loading and Emphasizing the Academic Language and Key Concepts of the Lesson

Strategy 9.3: Accessing and Explicitly Teaching the Cultural and Content Schemata Needed for the Lesson

Strategy 9.4: Allowing Students Time to Clarify in the First Language

Strategy 9.5: Helping Students Organize and Access Academic Information: Explicit Strategy Instruction


Activities For Further Understanding

10. Strategies for Promoting the Participation
Strategy 10.1: Creating a Comfortable Classroom Environment

Strategy 10.2: Increasing Interaction in the Classroom: Heterogeneous Groupings

Strategy 10.3: Encourage Extended Participation From CLDE Students


Activities For Further Understanding

11. Strategies for Explicit Grammar Instruction
Language Errors

Form-Focused Instruction

Different Strategies for Teaching Grammar


Activities For Further Understanding

Section IV: Strategies for Literacy Instruction
12. Strategies for Teaching Reading
Reading Components and CLDE Students

Language and Literacy

Activities to Increase Background Knowledge

Reading Strategy Instruction

Strategies to Help Students Analyze, Organize, and Interact With the Content


Activities For Further Understanding

13. Strategies for Teaching the Writing Process
Written Expression Challenges for Students With Special Needs

Written Expression Challenges for CLDE Students

Explicit Instruction of the Writing Process

Example of Explicit Instruction of the Writing Process


Activities for Further Understanding

14. Challenges When Teaching Writing
Specific Writing Challenges for CLDE Students


Activities For Further Understanding

15. Strategies for Written Error Correction
Considerations When Correcting CLDE Student's Writing

Error Correction


Activities For Further Understanding


This is a great resource for teaching about creating a culturally responsive classroom.

Dr Kimberly Silbaugh
School Of Education, Lesley University
October 10, 2011

It was not specific enough for the needs of the class, although I will use it as a reference tool for lectures and site the text.

Dr Michele Kelk
School Of Education, Webster University
August 19, 2010

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