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Website Title: Clearinghouse of Multilingual Documents (CMD)
Address: http://www.cde.ca.gov/35688

Description: The CMD is a database housed on the California Department of Education's website that stores information on where schools may access education-related documents translated into non-English languages.


Website Title: Homework Spot
Address: http://www.homeworkspot.com

Description: This homework information portal is free to us and features a comprehensive directory of K-12 homework-related sites that all may be accessed from one central location. With the help of students, parents and teachers, a team of educators, librarians and journalists researched the Web to bring resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills and extracurricular activities. The resources are organized into grade-appropriate categories for elementary, middle and high school. This site features a powerful reference center that links many of the world's best libraries, museums and current event sources. Middle-school educators may wish to use this resource as a supplement to their classroom curriculum.


Website Title: Authentic Assessment – Online Assessment Resources for Teachers
Address: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/assess.cfm

Description: Here you will find a hand selected index of authentic assessment resources. You are one click away from vital information about performance assessment, rubrics, negotiable contracting, and electronic portfolios. We include links to web based tools for creating your own assessments.


Website Title: Teaching Diverse Learners – Assessment
Address: http://www.alliance.brown.edu/tdl/

Description: The Teaching Diverse Learners (TDL) Web site is a resource dedicated to enhancing the capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitably with English language learners (ELLs). This Web site provides access to information -- publications, educational materials, and the work of experts in the field -- that promotes high achievement for ELLs.


Website Title: Classroom Assessment – Online Tutorial/Class
Address: http://fcit.usf.edu/assessment/

Description: Classroom assessments can include a wide range of options -- from recording anecdotal notes while observing a student to administering standardized tests. Regardless of the form, effective classroom assessments provide the feedback and motivation that students need to excel.

This course is divided into 2 parts, each containing 3 lessons.  Part I focuses on basic concepts and common assessments such as multiple choice and essay questions. Part II includes performance assessment, classroom interactions, and attitude surveys. Throughout the lessons, resources and techniques for integrating technology are included.

This course can be used as a "self-study" or it can be used for Continuing Education Units (if your district has a facilitator). Each lesson contains sample assessments along with multiple activities that reinforce the concepts.


Website Title: California Dept of Education Taking Center Stage II
Address: http://pubs.cde.ca.gov/TCSII/

Description: Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII): Ensuring Success and Closing the Achievement Gap for All of California’s Middle Grades Students promotes, illustrates, and supports the concepts embedded in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success. Created specifically for middle grades educators, the Web portal delivers developmentally responsive and research-based practices through videos, professional learning activities, and best practice vignettes focused on the young adolescent.


Website Title: CREDE - Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence
Address: http://www-gse.berkeley.edu/research/crede/index.html

Description: The Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE) is focused on improving the education of students whose ability to reach their potential is challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location, or poverty. CREDE promotes research by university faculty and graduate students and provides educators with a range of tools to help them implement best practices in the classroom.


Website Title: The Knowledge Loom: Culturally Responsive Teaching
Address: http://knowledgeloom.org/

Description: This website provides case studies of culturally responsive practice, as well as research and related resources.


Website Title: National Association for Multicultural Education
Address: http://nameorg.org/

Description: NAME is proud to present a series of DVDs that have been developed for pre-service teachers and faculty, as well as PK-12 classroom teachers....The second DVD, Culturally Responsive Teaching, features Dr. Geneva Gay from the University of Washington. The most recent DVD produced for the series features Dr. Beth Harry, a special educator and nationally known scholar. The title of her DVD is Building Culturally Responsive Relationships with Diverse Families of Children with Disabilities. Go to http://nameorg.org/support/store/ to obtain order form.


Website Title: National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt)
Address: http://www.nccrest.org

Description: A project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, provides technical assistance and professional development to close the achievement gap between students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their peers, and reduce inappropriate referrals to special education.


Website Title: Classroom to Community and Back: Using Culturally Responsive Standards-based Teaching to Strengthen Family and Community Partnerships and increase Student Achievement. NWREL.
Address: http://www.nwrel.org/partnerships/c2cb/c2c.pdf

Description: Classroom to Community and Back describes how educators can use the knowledge and culture students bring to school in a standards-based curriculum that supports student success. We call this approach culturally responsive, standards-based (CRSB) teaching. Unlike multicultural education—which is an important way to incorporate all the world's cultural and ethnic diversity into lessons—CRSB teaching draws on the experiences, understandings, views, concepts, and ways of knowing of the students sitting in the classroom. This document is available (free) online or you can purchase a copy from NWREL by calling 800-547-6339.


Website Title: Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders.

Description: Randall Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins & Raymond D. Terrell. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 2003.

A guide for school leaders working to develop institutional cultural proficiency. Includes structured activities for developing cultural proficiency for use with students and staff. Available from www.amazon.com , www.corwinpress.com or www.barnes&noble.com.


Website Title: Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach.

Description: Kikanza Nuri Robins, Randall B. Lindsey, Delores B. Lindsey & Raymond D. Terrell. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 2006. www.amazon.com , www.corwinpress.com or www.barnes&noble.com.


Website Title: Culturally Proficient School: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders.

Description: Randall B. Lindsey, Laraine Roberts, Franklin Campbell Jones. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 2004. www.amazon.com , www.corwinpress.com or www.barnes&noble.com.


Website Title: Diversity, Learning Style and Culture.
Address: http://education.jhu.edu/newhorizons/strategies/topics/Learning%20Styles/diversity.html

Description: Pat Burke Guild. New Horizons for Learning. 2001.

Article that looks at the impact of diversity on student learning.


Website Title: The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers for African-American Children.

Description:Gloria Ladson-Billings. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 1994.

[Excerpted from Amazon.com] Although statistics paint a harsh picture of the education of African American children, Ladson-Billings integrates scholarly research with stories of eight successful teachers in a predominantly African American school district to illustrate that the "dream" of all teachers and parents-academic success for all children-is alive and can be emulated. Available for purchase from www.iossevbass.com or www.amazon.com.


Website Title: Equity in Special Education Placement: A School Self-Assessment Guide for Culturally Responsive Practice.
Address: http://www.nccrest.org/publications/assessrnent.TOQL.formA.pdf7v document name=Assessment%20T ool%20form%20A

Description: The self-assessment instrument is designed to assist elementary school practitioners (all professionals and paraprofessionals working in the schools, such as special and general education teachers, counselors and administrators) in creating schools that are culturally responsive in their programming and instruction so that optimal achievement might occur for all students including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Website Title: How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School.
Address: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9853

Description: National Research Council. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. 2000.

This popular trade book, originally released in hardcover in the Spring of 1999, has been newly expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This paperback edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning.


Website Title: How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies.
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9853

Description: Bonnie M. Davis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 2006.

A workbook for teachers to use to examine their teaching strategies when working with diverse learners. Available from www.amazon.com , www.corwinpress.com or www.barnes&noble.com.


Website Title: CREDE's Five Standards for Effective Pedagogy
Address: http://gse.berkeley.edu/research/credearchive/standards/standards.html

Description: [Excerpt] The Five Standards articulate both philosophical and pragmatic guidelines for effective education. The standards were distilled from findings by educational researchers working with students at risk of educational failure due to cultural, language, racial, geographic, or economic factors. The Five Standards do not endorse a specific curriculum but, rather, establish principles for best teaching practices. These practices are effective with both majority and minority students in K-16 classrooms across subject matters, curricula, cultures and language groups.


Website Title: Cross-Cultural Communication: An Essential Dimension of Effective Education
Address: http://www.maec.org/pdf/taylor.pdf or http://www.maec.org/cross/index.html#return

Description: This publication discusses cultural differences that can lead to communication problems in the classroom and suggests behaviors that affirm rather than devalue a minority student’s culture. Since our educational institutions tend to reflect the norms and values of the majority culture, cultural understandings often have a negative effect on a minority student’s academic performance. Cross-Cultural Communication: An Essential Dimension of Effective Education assists teachers to recognize and utilize student diversity in ways that enhance academic identity.


Website Title: Culturally Responsive Instruction as a Dimension of New Literacies
Address: http://www.readingonline.org/newliteracies/au/index.html

Description: [Excerpt] [The author discusses] the concept of cultural responsiveness in literacy instruction. [Her] thesis is that culturally responsive instruction can bring students of diverse backgrounds to high levels of literacy by promoting engagement through activities that reflect the values, knowledge, and structures of interaction that students bring from the home. Culturally responsive instruction may create new literacies in classrooms, literacies that connect to students’ home backgrounds.


Website Title: Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction, from CCRESt
Address: http://www.nccrest.org/professional/culturally_responsive_literacy.html

Description: Culturally responsive literacy models examine not only the methods of teaching students to engage with and learn from multiple texts, but also consider the many purposes for which individuals become literate. This module examines the purposes of literacy in students' lives, methods of designing and implementing culturally responsive literacy instruction, and the use of many forms of literacy as powerful tools for student engagement in school and social change. Participants are guided through information and activities that question how literacy is used applied to students' lives, as well as how culturally responsive literacy instruction can address achievement gaps for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse and/or students with disabilities.


Website Title: Culture-Based Education: Checklist for Teachers in Cross-Cultural Schools. NWT Teacher Induction website.
Address: http://www.newteachersnwt.ca/culture_based_education2.html

Description: A checklist that provides teachers with a starting point to consider their use of culture-based education. Developed for instructors in Canada's Northwest Territory.


Website Title: Principles for Culturally Responsive Teaching, from the LAB at Brown
Address: http://www.alliance.brown.edu/tdl/tl-strategies/crt-principles.shtml

Description: [Excerpt] Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings, 1994). Some of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching are:

  • Positive perspectives on parents and families
  • Communication of high expectations
  • Learning within the context of culture
  • Student-centered instruction
  • Culturally mediated instruction
  • Reshaping the curriculum
  • Teacher as facilitator


Website Title: Promoting Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to Children with Disabilities & Special Health Needs and Their Families
Address: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/culturalcompetence/checklist.aspx

Description: This checklist is intended to heighten the awareness and sensitivity of personnel to the importance of cultural diversity and cultural competence in human service settings. It provides concrete examples of the kinds of values and practices that foster such an environment.


Website Title: Quick Find On-line Clearinghouse - Topic: Transition Programs/Grade Articulation/Welcome
Address: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/qf/p2101_01.htm

Description: Links to Center Developed Resources and Tools, Relevant Publications on the Internet, Related Agencies and Websites, and relevant publications that can be obtained through libraries.


Website Title: National Middle School Association: Transitioning to Middle School
Address: http://www.nmsa.org/Publications/OnTarget/TransitioningtoMiddleSchool/tabid/313/Default.aspx

Description: Transitioning to Middle School is part of The National Middle School Association’s On Target Series. This series is a free, web-based resource that provides collections of current information in middle level education by topic. This series includes the following titles:

  • A Transition Program Based on Identified Students and Parent Concerns View More
  • Building Alliances, Building Families: Making the Transition a Community Concern View More
  • "But What If...?": Helping Parents of Special Needs Students Make the Transition View More
  • Connectedness and Belonging Through Middle School Orientation View More
  • Counselors Set Stage for Smooth Transitions View More
  • Facilitating Student Transitions into Middle School View More
  • Studies in Transition: How to Help Adolescents Navigate the Path to and from Middle School View More
  • Transition into Middle School View More
  • Vertical Teaming: Making Connections Across Levels View More


Website Title: National Association of State Boards of Education 9th Grade Transition
Address: http://nasbe.org/index.php/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=567:ninth-grade-transition&catid=917:supporting-the-student&Itemid=308

Description: Research points to the 9th grade as a critical year in determining the likelihood of a student dropping out of school. These resources provide strategies to address the transition into the ninth grade.


Website Title: National Middle School Association: Transitioning to High School
Address: http://www.nmsa.org/Publications/OnTarget/TransitioningtoHighSchool/tabid/312/Default.aspx

Description: Transitioning to High School is part of The National Middle School Association’s On Target Series. This series is a free, web-based resource that provides collections of current information in middle level education by topic. This series includes the following titles:

  • Studies in Transition: How to Help Adolescents Navigate the Path to and from Middle School View More
  • The Next Best Step: Helping Our Students Transition "Out" View More
  • TIPS: Making the transition from middle school to high school painless View More
  • Transition from Middle School into high School View More
  • Vertical Teaming: Making Connections Across Levels View More


Website Title: California Dept of Education Taking Center Stage II
Address: http://www.nmsa.org/portals/0/pdf/research/Research_from_the_Field/Policy_Brief_Balfanz.pdf

Description: This brief, drawing on our research and field work, illuminates key policy and practice implications of the middle grades playing a stronger role in achieving our national goal of graduating all students from high school prepared for college or career and civic life. The brief is based on more than a decade of research and development work at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University.


Website Title: Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path: A Policy and Practice Brief
Address: http://pubs.cde.ca.gov/TCSII/

Description: Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII): Ensuring Success and Closing the Achievement Gap for All of California’s Middle Grades Students promotes, illustrates, and supports the concepts embedded in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success. Created specifically for middle grades educators, the Web portal delivers developmentally responsive and research-based practices through videos, professional learning activities, and best practice vignettes focused on the young adolescent.


Website Title: The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement Newsletter May 2009 “Middle-to-High-School Transition: Practical Strategies to Consider”
Address: http://www.centerforcsri.org/files/TheCenter_NL_May09.pdf

Description: With increasing alarm at the number of high school dropouts across the United States (Dynarski et al., 2008), educators are seeking ways to help students stay in school, graduate, and move on to meaningful and productive careers. Recent research points out that a smooth transition to ninth grade can contribute to students’ success in high school and beyond. This newsletter draws from several recent reports to discuss the issue of middle-to-high-school transition and also provides examples of successful transition practices.


Website Title: National High School Center “Easing the Transition to High School: Research and Best Practices Designed to Support High School Learning”
Address: http://www.betterhighschools.org/docs/NHSC_TransitionsReport.pdf

Description: The transition from middle school to high school represents a significant event in the lives of adolescents, one that necessitates support from and collaboration among teachers, parents, counselors, and administrators at both educational levels. Successful transitions place particular emphasis on ninth-grade initiatives and can create one of strongest bridges from middle to high school and beyond. This toolkit contains four resources—a fact sheet, policy brief, research brief, and snapshot—on how to support and guide a smooth transition into high school.




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