In this practical reference, David F. Bateman—bestselling author of A Principal’s Guide to Special Education—and special education administrator Jenifer L. Cline clarify what general education teachers need to know about special education law and processes and provide a guide to instructional best practices for the inclusive classroom. Topics covered include
* The pre-referral, referral, and evaluation processes
* Individualized education programs (IEPs) and the parties involved
* Accommodations for students who do not quality for special education, including those covered by Section 504
* Transition from preK to K–12 and from high school to postschool life
* Classroom management and student behavior
* Educational frameworks, instructional strategies, and service delivery options
* Assessment, grades, graduation, and diplomas
The breadth of coverage in this book, along with its practical examples, action steps, and appendixes covering key terms and definitions will provide the foundation all K–12 teachers need to successfully instruct and support students receiving special education services. It’s an indispensable resource for every general education classroom.
Considering the effects of segregation and integration across multiple social arenas, Anderson exposes the deficiencies of racial views on both the right and the left. She reveals the limitations of conservative explanations for black disadvantage in terms of cultural pathology within the black community and explains why color blindness is morally misguided. Multicultural celebrations of group differences are also not enough to solve our racial problems. Anderson provides a distinctive rationale for affirmative action as a tool for promoting integration, and explores how integration can be practiced beyond affirmative action.
Offering an expansive model for practicing political philosophy in close collaboration with the social sciences, this book is a trenchant examination of how racial integration can lead to a more robust and responsive democracy.
Activities, margin notes, and author commentaries emphasize and clarify points, facilitate reflection, and tie theory and research to each story. This compelling book can make a difference for those who work with students with special needs and their family members.
How do I make inclusion work for ALL students? What are the foundational best practices of a truly inclusive learning community? How does one create such a community?
The author pulls together, in an organized way, a three-block model of universal design for learning (UDL) and suggests a step-by-step approach for implementing it. This framework includes:
Block One, Social and Emotional Learning: details ways to build compassionate learning communities (K-12) in which all students feel safe and valued, and develop a positive self-concept, sense of belonging, and respect for diverse others.
Block Two, Inclusive Instructional Practice: includes a framework for planning units from K-12, and explains instructional and management practices for teaching, assessing, grading, and reporting in UDL Classrooms.
Block Three, Systems and Structures: suggests strategies for creating inclusive learning communities, and explores ways in which resource teachers, student services personnel, and school administrators can support and create socially and academically inclusive schools and classrooms.
The three-block model of UDL can empower educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to teach diverse learners in the same classroom--including those who have previously been excluded. Ultimately, it is about creating classrooms and schools that heal by teaching to the heart, mind, and spirit of every student.
Including forms, charts, and a range of classroom activities, this is the only resource you will need to gain the insight and tools for making a difference in the educational lives of young children with autism.
together to create and maintain successful education programs for all
students is not new, nor is the assumption that administrator
preparation programs should foster the development of an inclusive
approach—yet this critical educational partnership has not reached its
full potential. Despite the lack of agreement within the federal
legislative branch on exactly what should be changed within our
education system, some promising points of consensus have emerged:
competitive grants, college and career readiness, multi-tiered systems
of support, common core standards, a rewards-based (rather than
punitive) system for school improvement, the critical role of effective
teachers and principals, increased school choice options, and
evidence-based learning strategies, particularly in high-need schools.
The third edition stresses the importance of these key points. Each
chapter features case studies that simulate real-life situations readers
are likely to encounter in their careers as administrators. Within the
safety of the classroom, they will rehearse controversial scenarios
involving inclusive school governance, school reform, identification and
placement, conflict resolution, program evaluation, fiscal issues,
transportation, and discipline. Enhanced practice situations and
role-play exercises emphasize the special education administrator’s role
in resolving difficult situations. The case-study approach is an
effective learning tool for aspiring special and regular education
administrators and instructors alike, fostering enthusiastic classroom
discussion and critical thinking about potential solutions to today’s
complex problems in inclusive educational administration.
When you and a co-teacher bring together your individual skill sets and strategies, you'll create a more enjoyable, creative, and productive teaching experience—with more effective outcomes for students. Featuring updated research and case studies, this brand-new edition of the go-to guide profiles the supportive, parallel, complementary, and team-teaching approaches to co-teaching. New features include:Updated discussions of co-teaching in the RTI process New explorations of the roles of paraprofessionals, administrators, and even students New lesson plans linked to the Common Core and technology Forms and tools for establishing trust, improving communication, and planning
The second edition of The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy, the first textbook in its field, provides a comprehensive perspective of this interdisciplinary profession and practice, reaching out to a more global audience. The book describes the scope and practice of educational therapy from its European roots to its growing presence in the United States, providing readers with case studies and research that illustrate the work of educational therapists across the lifespan in diverse settings.
Interdisciplinary Perspective — Other books focus on either educational or therapeutic interventions but rarely discuss the blend and synergy of disciplines (e.g., special education, neuropsychology, assessment, and social work) that are the hallmark of this unique profession.
Illustrative Cases — The text draws heavily on case studies as a means of understanding the practice of educational therapy, especially the dynamic relationship that exists between therapist and client. Numerous charts and tables provide visuals for educational therapists as well as allied professionals, parents, and those with learning challenges.
Expertise — The editors are both highly visible educational therapists. Chapter authors are either experienced educational therapists or allied professionals who have made scholarly contributions to the profession, such as Trisha Waters, Roslyn Arnold, and George McCloskey.
In addition to benefiting educational therapists and students, this book is appropriate for professionals who work in related fields such as special education, regular education, school and educational psychology, neuropsychology, school counseling, psychology, speech and language pathology, art therapy, occupational therapy, and social work, as well as in medicine and psychiatry.
NEW TO THE SECOND EDITION
The second edition of The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy: Learning & Functioning with Diversity has revised and updated the chapters from the first edition, and added three new chapters which further define and broaden this field by exploring diverse perspectives:Chapter 10, "Cultivating Character Development: Educational Therapy’s Impact on Individuals, Families, Schools, Educational Policy, and Society" by Maxine Ficksman Chapter 12, "Women and Girls Who Are Disenfranchised: A Global and Interdisciplinary Approach to Educational Therapy" by Jane Utley Adelizzi Chapter 17, "Examining the Efficacy of Graduate Programs in Educational Therapy at California State University, Northridge (CSUN): Educational Therapy Intern, Graduate and Parent Perspectives" by Marcy Dann, Nancy Burstein, Tamarah Ashton, and Sue Sears.
These additional chapters, supported by brain-based research, characterize the shifts and changes experienced in a range of settings. Through the treatment alliance, educational therapists address students’ and clients’ ability to experience a more comprehensive model of learning, dependent upon the psychological, social, emotional, cultural and academic environments. The three new chapters range in focus from formal research and graduate training in the field of educational therapy to students throughout the lifespan whose social and educational experiences require a careful eye to not only the academic task at hand but also to the ways in which they cope and adapt to a range of environments and challenges. Lastly, educational therapy’s empathic foundation in practice is exemplified when we consider the global experience of students who strive to learn in situations and settings that threaten their survival and disenfranchisement from society.
Book Features:Personal stories that make concepts accessible to new and pre-service teachers. Application exercises ideal for courses and professional development workshops. Highlight boxes that raise additional questions for discussion and debate. Interactive, multimodal instructional activities to use with many kinds of learners. Additional activities and resources available online at www.tcpress.com.
Contributors: Subini Annamma, Laura Atkinson, David J. Connor, Elizabeth Z. Dejewski, David Feingold, Ana Maria García, Kathryn Henn-Reinke, Jodell Heroux, Kathleen Kotel, Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Valerie Owen, Susan Peters, Julie Ramirez, Maryl A. Randel, Janet Sauer, Stacey N. Skoning, Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Robin M. Smith, Jeannie Zeitli
“A powerful call to challenge rigid school practices that attempt to sort and level students. This extremely clear guide helps us move from critique to action, interweaving difficult matters of income disparity, language and religious marginalization, racism, and gender expression and identity. The authors inspire us to engage in the hard work of justice- and equity-oriented pedagogy and to do so collectively, with humor and with passion.”
—Celia Oyler, professor of education, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Condition Critical offers a critical framework for valuing and responding to student differences grounded in an expansive view of social justice, equity, access, and excellence. Accessible and engaging, each chapter skillfully weaves together first-person narratives, opportunities for self-reflection, and practical examples of key classroom practices. The result is a thoughtful and inspiring book that does more than critique the status quo, it points the way to transforming classrooms and schools for all.”
—Beth Ferri, associate professor, School of Education, Syracuse University
Contributors: Sue Abplanalp, Cynthia Alexander, Alfredo J. Artiles, David R. Garcia, Dorothy F. Garrison-Wade, JoEtta Gonzales, Taucia Gonzalez, Cristina Santamaría Graff, Donna Hart-Tervalon, Jack C. Jorgensen, Elaine Mulligan, Sheryl Petty, Samantha Paredes Scribner, Amanda L. Sullivan, Anne Smith, Sandra L. Vazquez,Shelley Zion
“If you truly care about the serious, research-based pursuit of equity and inclusivity in urban schools, you must read this book. Using researcher-practitioner co-author teams and a case study of national urban reform, Kozleski, King Thorius, and their chapter team authors show how to go successfully to scale with systemic reform.”
—James Joseph Scheurich, Professor, Indiana University School of Education, Indianapolis
Elizabeth B. Kozleski chairs the Special Education program at the University of Kansas. She received the TED-Merrill award for her leadership in special education teacher education in 2011. Kathleen King Thorius is an assistant professor of urban special education in Indiana University’s School of Education at IUPUI. She is principal investigator for the Great Lakes Equity Center, a Regional Equity Assistance Center funded by the U. S. Department of Education.
In Co-Planning for Co-Teaching, author Gloria Lodato Wilson presents time-saving routines for general and special education teachers that will increase the active roles of each co-teacher and intensify instruction for students. Useful for co-teachers, administrators supervising co-teachers, and pre-service teachers, this book outlines
* how to eliminate the frustration and barriers often associated with co-planning,
* how to maintain the rigor of the coursework,
* how best to address the needs of students, and
* co-planning strategies for meeting IEP goals.
Packed with useful examples for both elementary and secondary co-teachers, Wilson’s “behind-the-scenes” guidance helps co-teachers make the most of co-planning time.
In Giving Kids a Fair Chance, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman argues that the accident of birth is the greatest source of inequality in America today. Children born into disadvantage are, by the time they start kindergarten, already at risk of dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, crime, and a lifetime of low-wage work. This is bad for all those born into disadvantage and bad for American society.
Current social and education policies directed toward children focus on improving cognition, yet success in life requires more than smarts. Heckman calls for a refocus of social policy toward early childhood interventions designed to enhance both cognitive abilities and such non-cognitive skills as confidence and perseverance. This new focus on preschool intervention would emphasize improving the early environments of disadvantaged children and increasing the quality of parenting while respecting the primacy of the family and America's cultural diversity.
Heckman shows that acting early has much greater positive economic and social impact than later interventions—which range from reduced pupil-teacher ratios to adult literacy programs to expenditures on police—that draw the most attention in the public policy debate. At a time when state and local budgets for early interventions are being cut, Heckman issues an urgent call for action and offers some practical steps for how to design and pay for new programs.
The debate that follows delves deeply into some of the most fraught questions of our time: the sources of inequality, the role of schools in solving social problems, and how to invest public resources most effectively. Mike Rose, Geoffrey Canada, Charles Murray, Carol Dweck, Annette Lareau, and other prominent experts participate.
Book Features:Offers concrete ways that students, schools, and teachers can unlearn disabling behaviors. Illuminates how social processes of disablement take place, rather than simply describing their influence. Looks at settings where students encounter more flexible ideas of ability and intelligence.
“AnnMarie Baines shows us how LD can be rephrased, readdressed, and reworked. LD can be a good idea again, but the labels have to be tied to conditions of growth, identity enhancement, and institutional change.”
—From the Foreword by Ray McDermott, professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education
"Through compelling narrative vignettes and clear expository commentary, the author makes a persuasive case that adolescents' ‘abilities’ and ‘disabilities’ are situational, not fixed. The moral of her stories is this: change the social situations of learning to foreground and affirm ability rather than disability.”
—Frederick Erickson, George F. Kneller Professor of Anthropology of Education, emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles
“This book will touch everyone. The stories ring with familiar pain, strategies of persistence, and the randomness of what counts for success or failure. Valuable resources are lost to labels given too lightly for far too many; this volume tells us how to recoup and to protect these resources and to restore hope by doing so.”
—Shirley Brice Heath, Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature and professor of linguistics, emerita, Stanford University
AnnMarie Darrow Baines is an assistant professor in the department of secondary education at San Francisco State University.
With Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs, special education expert Toby Karten focuses on specific disabilities and inclusive curriculum scenarios for learners in K–12 environments. She offers valuable advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes.
By highlighting more than a dozen disability labels, this resource walks teachers through the process of reinforcing, motivating, scaffolding, and planning for instruction that targets learners of all ability levels. Included are details relevant to each disability:
* Possible Causes
* Characteristics and Strengths
* Classroom Implications
* Inclusion Strategies
Typical instruction needs to match the diversity of atypical learners without viewing any disability as a barrier that impedes student achievement. Teachers must not only learn how to differentiate their approach and target specific student strengths but also maintain a positive attitude and belief that all students are capable of achieving self-efficacy.
The first chapter provides information on planning for children's needs, best practices, the learning environment, and planning instructions. The lesson plans in the subsequent chapters are organized by theme and follow a typical school year, offering teachers a plan appropriate for all children.
Each lesson plan is complete with learning objectives, the lesson, a review, materials list, directions for preparation, an assessment component, extension activities to connect the lesson to different areas of the curriculum, and adaptations or modifications for children with a variety of special needs.
Each lesson plan has accommodations or modifications for children with:
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Speech and language impairments
• Visual impairments
• Hearing impairments
• Orthopedic impairments
• Cognitive and/or developmental delays
• Emotional disturbances
This second edition has been updated to include references to using technology that will help children with dyslexia and dyscalculia reinforce their mathematical skills and also contains a number of photocopiable resources that can be used in the classroom. Written by Anne Henderson, who is experienced in teaching language and mathematics to pupils with dyslexia and dyscalculia, this book outlines current thinking in the field and shows how the research methods that have been proven as successful can be used with whole classes of children.
This book encourages flexible methods and gives teachers the confidence to discuss alternative solutions with their pupils and help them achieve success. It is an ideal handbook for parent-teacher programmes and is also suitable for in-service training.
Instruction, including differentiated instruction and universal design for learning
Assessment, including accommodations and modifications and response to intervention (RTI)
Developing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)
Student progress monitoring and using large data sets to inform decision making
Mediation, due process hearings, and litigation
Systems management and positive behavioral intervention supports (PBIS)
Scenarios are presented along with suggested responses and solutions. Serving Students with Special Needs has been specifically developed to provide administrators with practical suggestions to quickly and effectively implement appropriate special education practices.
Book Features:Addresses the growing numbers of children entering school with “language poverty.” Describes the concept of mediated soliloquy (MSL), or self-talk, with individuals or classrooms—who should use it and when, where and how it can be applied, and expected outcomes. Illustrates the use of MSL for specific language disorders and to improve both language and interpersonal function with children exhibiting delays, disabilities, spectrum behavior, and social/emotional difficulties.
“From his vantage point as a pioneer in cognitive theory and practice, Reuven Feuerstein provides this text for guiding the language development of children and youth who most need assistance. Both parents and teachers will find this book a valuable resource for enriching the language development of children, and it should be particularly useful in assisting those who have language delay, difference, or disability”
—Donna Wilson, educational and school psychologist, lead developer of graduate programs in brain-based teaching
“The authors present an application of mediated learning experience (MLE) to the development of language in young children, particularly those who experience delays or deficiencies in receptive and expressive skills. They succeed in explaining and providing examples of the approach which is called Soliloquy, or mediated self-talk (MSL).”
—Patricia Edwards, Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, 2010-2011 president of the International Reading Association
“A Think-Aloud and Talk-Aloud Approach to Building Language is the oracle on accelerating and optimizing language development for those students who have lacked the experiences needed to build the critical language repertoire required for deep reading, academic achievement, and recognition of the brilliance which they harbor.”
—Yvette Jackson, CEO, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, and author of The Pedagogy of Confidence
As floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina surged at their heels, those fleeing New Orleans had their minds more on safety than on whether their children would be missing school. But when a group of evacuee parents who settled in New Iberia, Louisiana, realized they would not be returning home quickly, they set about reconstructing their families’ lives. And so they turned to beloved New Orleans schoolteacher Paul Reynaud, whose fierce determination and unwavering spirit transformed an abandoned office into a one-room schoolhouse. This is the story of Sugarcane Academy: twenty-five students, their devoted parents, an inspiring teacher, and the boundless power of learning.
“This wonderful memoir manages to do what a flood of news-reporting could not: see the tragedy of Katrina through the eyes of children. The story of the Sugarcane Academy, an improvised one-room school in a sugarcane parish in south Louisiana, will be one of the lasting books of our tragedy.” —Andrei Codrescu, author of New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City
Few laws have had such far-reaching impact as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Intended to give girls and women greater access to sports programs and other courses of study in schools and colleges, the law has since been used by judges and agencies to expand a wide range of antidiscrimination policies—most recently the Obama administration’s 2016 mandates on sexual harassment and transgender rights.
In this comprehensive review of how Title IX has been implemented, Boston College political science professor R. Shep Melnick analyzes how interpretations of "equal educational opportunity" have changed over the years. In terms accessible to non-lawyers, Melnick examines how Title IX has become a central part of legal and political campaigns to correct gender stereotypes, not only in academic settings but in society at large. Title IX thus has become a major factor in America's culture wars—and almost certainly will remain so for years to come.
Approachable in execution, this book provides an evidence-based set of classroom practices, which readers will readily be able to relate to and use successfully. Answering questions such as:
• How can I enrich my undergraduate teaching?
• How can I help undergraduate students engage fully with their learning?
• How can help undergraduate students to quickly acclimatise to Higher Education?
• How can I help undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds excel at university?
This book discusses economic and discursive drivers used to increase the numbers of undergraduate students who were the first in their families to enter university, and some of the ways in which universities responded to the growing percentage of such students. In so doing, it considers the learning needs of diverse students, and discusses the views of academic teaching staff who have used transparent pedagogies in their classrooms.
Including forty five teaching strategies designed to generate highly engaged, socially inclusive classrooms, this is the first book to offer both a theoretical background of the need to approach learning and teaching in contemporary universities in innovative ways, and a practical, step by step guide to using a suite of transparent pedagogies. These focus on building inclusive classroom communities, generating academic literacies, developing collaborative learning skills, and encouraging students to think critically.
This book will be a useful companion for both early career academics and those with experience but dealing with a new student cohort. It will also be of great interest to those teaching or studying the many professional qualifications in tertiary education.
Kate Hughesis the President of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and Senior Consultant of Teaching and Learning at the Australian Catholic University. She is the co-author of Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, the market leading undergraduate text in Australia, now in its fourth edition.
This book shares a wealth of information and practical strategies to help teachers, parents and education assistants everywhere. It clearly explains the characteristics between different ‘invisible’ learning difficulties, and how to arrange and approach assessments. The ideas suggested can be used and easily integrated with individuals of all ages. Tanya also shares her personal experiences and proven strategies to teach, support and assist students living with these challenges — without adding to an already busy teaching schedule. Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties is essential reading for all teachers, parents and education assistants alike.
Use a morning meeting to jump-start your students’ day! This simple but effective classroom technique has been proven to help students learn better, build friendships, improve behavior and gain confidence.
Offering fun games, great songs and other engaging activities, this book’s 101 ready-to-use ideas are sure to help your students experience remarkable progress in:
• Math and reading
• Planning and communication
• Science and technology
• Fulfilling a classroom job
• Creative arts
Cindy Croft is the director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University and on faculty for several university education programs. She has her MA in Education and has worked in the field of early childhood for over twenty years.
Many Languages, Building Connections outlines adaptable strategies that caregivers of children younger than the age of three need to feel confident that they know how language develops, how cultural differences can come into play, and how to assess an individual child's situation to provide appropriate support.
From welcoming diverse families and engaging them to participate in a child care program to creating nurturing communities that value and support each child's home language while also fostering English acquisition, the helpful strategies in Many Languages, Building Connections will prepare caregivers for the diverse reality they encounter in their work.
The purpose of the book is to provide both general and special education teachers with a practical guide of "scientifically validated" evidence-based instructional strategies on a variety of content areas, including reading, writing and spelling, mathematics, science, and social studies. An overview of the Response to Intervention process provides a foundation for implementing researchbased strategies in core content areas.
In addition, the book offers tested tips for implementing assistive technology, culturally responsive teaching practices, and fair assessment in the classroom, along with information on managing problem behaviors and adapting curriculum for various special needs. The book also includes a chapter on how teachers, parents, and school professionals can work together to ensure success for all students.
This book will synthesize and extend theoretical frameworks to describe, analyze, and interpret the shifting landscapes in public education as they relate to LGBTQ issues in schools. Through queer theory and democratic education theory, Camicia offers recommendations to public schools and teacher educators about socially just ways to create inclusive LGBTQ curriculum.
Leading an Inclusive School: Access and Success for ALL Students offers administrators, teachers, and other educators working to promote inclusion a wealth of information about
• the history and research base of inclusive education in the United States, including pivotal amendments to and reauthorizations of the EHCA, landmark court cases, and the philosophical underpinnings of the movement;
• essential curricular and instructional practices for inclusive schools, such as heterogeneous grouping, creative problem solving, and co-teaching;
• powerful organizational structures such as Multitiered System of Support and Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports to help optimize the benefits of differentiation for all students; and
• a conceptual framework for coordinating educational initiatives and best practices for educating all students in general education.
Also included are vivid personal stories of students with disabilities that illustrate how these students flourish when they learn alongside their general education peers.
Educators who are serious about committing to the success of learners at all levels of perceived physical, intellectual, communication, and social/emotional ability will find the examples, advice, and tools in this book indispensable for planning, implementing, and promoting inclusion in their schools.
Bringing together the voices of scholars and practitioners on challenges and possibilities of implementing peace education in diverse global sites, this book addresses key questions for students seeking to deepen their understanding of the field. The book not only highlights ground-breaking and rich qualitative studies from around the globe, but also analyses the limits and possibilities of peace education in diverse contexts of conflict and post-conflict societies. Contributing authors address how educators and learners can make meaning of international peace education efforts, how various forms of peace and violence interact in and around schools, and how the field of peace education has evolved and grown over the past four decades.
Success with IEPs provides teachers with practical, research-based advice and solutions to five of the most common challenges posed by IEPs:
• Understanding the full scope of the teacher’s role
• Doing the critical prep work for IEP meetings
• Offering modifications and accommodations
• Contributing to the IEP team
• Monitoring student progress
Author and educator Vicki Caruana explores principles that debunk some common misconceptions about how to work with students with disabilities. She offers insights, tips, and strategies that will help teachers fine-tune their practice to better meet each child’s unique needs. For teachers uncertain of their ability to meet the needs of students with IEPs, this manageable guide is a great place to start.
This guide has sections on tribes, reservations, sovereignty, treaties, federal offices, casinos, education, language, religion and culture.
The guide is intended for people in business, schools, places of worship, government, medicine, law enforcement, human resources and journalism—anywhere it is important to know more about communities. We hope this guide works for individuals who just have questions about the people around them.
Who is an American Indian?
Where did American Indians come from originally?
Why are native peoples referred to as Indians?
Which is correct: American Indian or Native American?
How many American Indians and Natives are there?
What are the reasons for rising population?
Why does the government refer to most indigenous people in Alaska as Alaska
Natives instead of as American Indians?
Are Native Hawaiians considered American Indians?
What is a tribe?
How many tribes are there?
Which is the largest tribe?
Are Indian tribes and Indian nations the same?
What powers do the tribes, as nations, hold?
What kind of governments do the tribes run?
What is the tribal council?
What is a reservation?
Why is it called a reservation?
Hoe many American Indians live on reservations?
How much land do tribes hold?
What is Indian Country?
What are the living conditions in Indian Country?
What is tribal sovereignty?
What is sovereign immunity?
Do states have jurisdiction over American Indians or their land?
Do American Indians have to obey the same laws as non-Indians?
Are Indian Americans U.S. citizens?
Can American Indians vote?
Do Native Americans pay state or federal taxes?
What are treaties?
What agreements did the treaties contain?
Why did European settlers enter into treaties with the tribes?
Why did the tribes agree to the treaties?
Are Native Americans affected by the Affordable Care Act?
Are treaties still valid?
Do treaties grant Native Americans special rights today?
Are treaties being challenged?
What organizations represent tribal interests?
What does the Bureau of Indians Affairs do?
Do American Indians have the right to hold elective office?
Do Native Americans serve in the U.S. armed forces?
Who regulates Indian casinos?
Do all tribes have casino gambling?
Do the tribes pay taxes on their revenues?
Are individual tribes getting rich from casinos?
How do tribes use gaming revenue?
Why are Indian casinos a popular enterprise among the tribes?
Do all American Indians favor gaming?
What is a tribal school?
How many American Indian students attend public schools off the reservation?
How many American Indians are high school graduates?
What is a tribal college?
How do graduation rates for American Indians compare with the general population?
Do Native Americans get a free college education?
Do American Indians speak their own language?
How many American Indian languages are still spoken?
Which are the most common languages?
Were there written Indian languages?
What is being done to preserve American Indian languages?
Is there an American Indian religion?
How many American Indians identify themselves as Christians?
Are Native Americans free to practice their native religion?
What is a sweat lodge?
What is a vision quest?
How does tobacco figure in American Indian religion?
What is cultural misappropriation?
Why do Native Americans object to the use of Indian symbols, like feathers and face paint, in U.S. sports?
Why do American Indians object to the term “redskin” used by the Washington NFL franchise?
What is a peace pipe?
Why is an eagle feather significant to American Indians?
How do American Indians obtain the feathers of a protected bird like the eagle?
What is a medicine bundle?
What is a powwow?
What are teepees?
How can a person trace his or her Indian ancestry?
In the bestselling tradition of The Pact and The Freedom Writers Diary—the inspiring story of one woman’s extraordinary promise and steely determination to make a difference in the world.
One morning in 1987 Oral Lee Brown walked into a corner store in East Oakland, California, to buy snacks for work. A little girl asked her for a quarter, and Brown assumed that she wanted to buy candy, but surprisingly she bought bread and bologna—staples for her family.
Later that day Brown couldn’t get the little girl out of her mind. Why wasn’t she in school? Why was she out begging for money to buy food for her family? After several weeks of not being able to sleep, Brown went to look for the girl at the local elementary school and soon found herself in a first-grade classroom. She didn’t find the little girl, but before she left she found herself promising the kids that if they finished high school, she would pay for their college education.
At the time, Oral Lee Brown made only $45,000 a year.
But years later, after annually saving and investing $10,000 of her own money and establishing the Oral Lee Brown Foundation, this remarkable woman made good on her promise: after nineteen of the original twenty-three students graduated from high school, she sent them all to college. And in May of 2003, LaTosha Hunter was the first of Brown’s “babies,” as well as the first person in her family, to graduate from college.
This marvelous and inspiring book is the amazing story of one woman's unending desire to make a difference. And if once was not enough, in 2001 Brown made the same promise to three new classrooms of first-, fifth-, and ninth-graders. Brown and her foundation are now committed to adopting a new crop of kids to send to college every four years.
Brown’s pledge to the students was not without great personal and public sacrifice. Her promise turned her life upside-down—it strained her relationships, and at times required her to work several different jobs. Brown also developed a strong emotional attachment to the children—for many of these students Brown was the one consistent adult in their lives.
In a world short on heroes, altruism, and dedication, THE PROMISE shows that it is still possible to change lives for the better. This book will encourage, uplift, and inspire every reader.
The book draws upon research of international relevance conducted in a range of ‘Flexible Learning Centres’ and ‘democratic schools’ in Australia and the UK; it suggests that improving the retention levels of young people in formal education will require schooling practices to change. Students who have become disengaged from mainstream schooling do re-engage in the learning process of many alternative schools, indicating that teaching practices and forms of organisation which work in alternative sites can also provide lessons for mainstream schooling, thereby encouraging a more socially just education system.
Included in the book:
contexts of contemporary schooling
who chooses flexible learning centres and why
democratic schools: students and teachers working together
teaching in ‘the margins’
case studies: ‘oppositional alternatives’.
Allyoung people have the capacity to learn and to enjoy learning; they do not ‘fail school’, rather, schools fail them. The teachers, workers and students who have shared their stories provide significant insights into how we might change this situation, and the book will be invaluable reading for postgraduates and researchers in the fields of education, the sociology of education, school reform and social work.
We began by asking international students for questions they had about America and Americans. We learned that perceptions of Americans are very different from one person or culture to the next. After whittling the questions down to 100 that we thought were best, we placed the questions into categories such as social behavior, education and race. We then researched the questions and consulted with experts. The result? This guide, which uses studies and surveys, generalities and ranges of possibilities to explain U.S. culture.
Not all parts of the United States are alike — and neither are all Americans. There can be greater differences within one country than there are between two countries. Even brothers and sisters from the same family can be quite different.
How big is the United States?
How does a typical college classroom function in the United States?
Why is it acceptable for students to speak out and challenge professors?
Is it emotionally hard for American families to send their children away to college?
Is it financially hard for American families to send their children away to college?
Why is racism such an issue in America?
Americans seem to have many religions. What are the main ones?
Why are Americans so fascinated with religion?
How much do Americans work?
Why don't Americans take more days off?
Why are a lot of Americans so willing to work overtime?
Is success at work important to Americans?
Why do Americans eat so quickly?
How often do Americans eat?
Why are the meal portions so large?
Are family members in America close?
How much time do Americans spend with their families?
Why is every person in a family treated like an individual?
We then set out to answer those questions. Finally, we sorted the questions into chapters and asked members of the community to check our work.
Individuals from several Michigan State University departments helped produce this guide. They include:
Paulette Granberry Russell, senior advisor to the president for diversity, and director of the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, who proposed this subject, D. Venice Smith, consultant for multicultural issues, education and development, MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Peter Briggs, director of the MSU Office for International Students and Scholars, Joy Walter, international student advisor/community outreach coordinator, OISS, Bess Carey, MSU Office of Study Abroad, Kathy M. Collins, director of MSU Residence Education and Housing Services, Eduardo Olivo of the Residence Education Team, Lawrence Zwier, associate director of curriculum at the MSU English Language Center, Patricia Walters, associate director and student advisor at the MSU English Language Center, Geraldine Alumit Zeldes, associate professor, MSU School of Journalism, John Golaszewski, director, Business & Community Affairs at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
The authors are MSU students Michelle Armstead, Gabrielle Austin, Celeste Bott, Marlee Delaney, Stephanie Dippoliti, Max Gun, Emily Jaslove, Aaron Jordan, Alexandra McNeill, Katherine Miller, Ashiyr Pierson, Marissa Russo, Merinda Valley, Jessica Warfield, Jasmine Watts and Danielle Woodward.
This guide is published with John Hile of David Crumm Media, which publishes the Read the Spirit site.
Joe Grimm is the series editor. He takes responsibility for any omissions, errors or oversights. Please direct questions and concerns to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Back cover text:
[This cultural competence guide for international students attending U.S. colleges and universities was written by journalism students at Michigan State University. We interviewed students from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America and came up with 100 questions.
Created for college and foreign exchange programs, the guide deals with U.S. social customs, race, religion, culture, health, food, relationships, dating, sex and language. It includes a glossary of American slang and phrases. This guide is intended to help international students pursuing a U.S. education to make American friends.
We hope this cultural resource leads to greater understanding and face-to-face conversations that help you on your journey.
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