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Culturally Responsive Instruction: Listening to Children

Kutsunai, B. & Au, K. H. (2013). Culturally responsive instruction: listening to children. Learning Landscapes, 7(1), 15-21.

This chapter focuses on culturally responsive instruction in the context of early childhood education, illustrated through science lessons taught to young Hawaiian children. The authors define culturally responsive teaching and ways in which to engage young children in learning through hands-on activities with artifacts and literature.
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Literacy Achievement and Diversity: Keys to Success for Students, Teachers, and Schools (Multicultural Education Series)

Au, K. H. (2011). Literacy achievement and diversity: keys to success for students, teachers, and schools. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

This book highlights keys to success that educators can use to close the literacy achievement gap. This includes culturally responsive instruction in a setting where educators have a strong sense of community and purpose. Available for Purchase »

Multicultural Issues and Literacy Achievement (Literacy Teaching Series)

Au, K. H. (2006). Multicultural issues and literacy achievement. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates.

This book is a sequel to the author's earlier volume entitled, Literacy Instruction in Multicultural Settings. In addition to extensive updating of earlier material, this book extends the content coverage to include issues of power, attitudes, and systemic change through the application of discourse theory and critical theory. In doing so, however, the author has tried to maintain the brevity, stylistic clarity, and classroom focus of the earlier volume.
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Using Workshop Approaches to Support the Literacy Development of ELLs

Au, K. H., & Raphael, T.E. (2011). Using Workshop Approaches to Support the Literacy Development of ELLs. In G. Li & P. A. Edwards (Eds.), Best Practices in ELL Instruction (pp. 207-221). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

This chapter discusses how workshop approaches can be beneficial to English language learners (ELLs), it presents key concepts of authenticity underlying workshop approaches, and it provide practical classroom examples of routines from the writers' workshop and readers' workshop. Available for Purchase »

Windows to Language, Literacy, and Culture

Brock, C. H., & Raphael, T. (2005). Windows to language, literacy, and culture: insights from an English-language learner. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

This new addition to the Kids InSight series shows educators that, regardless of statistics, teachers with the necessary knowledge base and positive disposition toward diversity can provide meaningful learning contexts for all their students. The authors give teachers an insider's perspective on the literacy learning process of one English-language learner. This will help teachers develop a deeper understanding about working with these learners in a mainstream classroom. Teachers will discover the power of listening to and learning from their students. In addition, effective ways to structure classroom learning contexts and use literature are discussed. Available for Purchase »