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Changing Schools vol. 73, Spring 2015
Focus on diverse learners
As diverse learners become the majority in America’s schools, the need to ensure a high-quality education for all students and overcome the achievement gap is greater than ever. In this issue of Changing Schools, we look at some of the issues surrounding the education of diverse learners and offer insight into ways to improve their odds of success.
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Here’s a look at the articles in this issue:
- Are achievement gaps really gaps in academic language levels? Jane Hill explains why all students need to learn how to “sound like a book”
- Text complexity model offers way to better support diverse students: Susan Ryan writes about variables to consider when matching diverse students to texts
- Taking a good look at ourselves: Critical reflection mobilizes culturally responsive instruction: Robin Wisniewski on the importance of critical reflection in meeting the needs of all students.
- Cultural connections lay groundwork for systemic change in Cree Nation schools: Christine H. Schmidt tells the story of a large, remote school district in Quebec where a sense of community is helping engage students and teachers in school improvement.
- Seeing classrooms through the eyes of our students: Bryan Goodwin writes about the concept of stereotype threat, how it hurts achievement, and what teachers can do about it
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