Diversity

FirstSchool: Transforming PreK–3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children

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FirstSchool is a groundbreaking framework for teaching minority and low-income children. This work discusses the research and practice to date that defines FirstSchool as a critical approach to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. Changing the conversation from improving test scores to improving school experiences, it features lessons learned from eight elementary schools whose leadership and staff implemented sustainable changes in their classrooms and schools. The authors detail how to use education research and data to provide a rationale for change; how to promote professional learning that is genuinely collaborative and respectful; and how to employ developmentally appropriate teaching strategies that focus on the needs of minority and low-income children.

The book features:

  • Case studies illustrating developmentally appropriate practices that can be applied across varied PreK–3 contexts
  • Key principles used by FirstSchool and its partners to reinvigorate the professionalism of teachers
  • Concrete guidance for choosing and using relevant data, enriching the curriculum, improving instruction, and developing home-school partnerships

From Teachers College Press. 

Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners

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Even the most experienced preschool teacher can feel a bit unsure about meeting the unique needs of children from different language backgrounds. Many Languages, One Classroom applies the latest information about best practices to all aspects of a preschool program. This book is designed to fit any preschool curriculum and addresses state standards and benchmarks of standard quality programming. From Gryphon House.

A World of Difference: Readings on Teaching Young Children in a Diverse Society

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How do we work with young children and their families in ways that are truly responsive to their differences and effective in combating bias? Over the years NAEYC has played a leading role in addressing this question and publishing significant works in the area of anti-bias, culturally responsive education. Now we offer this collection of readings—from Young Children, NAEYC books, and other respected publications. They reflect the strong, continuing current of thoughtful work on teaching young children in a diverse society. Collectively they provide the current knowledge base as well as thought-provoking discussion on a wide range of issues—culture, language, religion, inclusion, socio-economic status, and more—with emphasis on building respect and understanding. Useful both as an independent resource or as collected readings to accompany other course materials.

YC: Faces of Young Children

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This beautiful poster with images appearing on the covers of Young Children will enliven any early childhood environment.

Children of 2010

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Learn about the trends, problems, and opportunities that will shape the 21st century and what young children need to learn today to prepare for the world of tomorrow. National leaders present a collection of thoughts, statistics, and ideas centered on equality and discuss how a changing world can challenge long-standing values and reinforce stereotypes unless all our nation's young children experience the concepts of equality, liberty, and justice.Learn about the trends, problems, and opportunities that will shape the 21st century and what young children need to learn today to prepare for the world of tomorrow. National leaders present a collection of thoughts, statistics, and ideas centered on equality and discuss how a changing world can challenge long-standing values and reinforce stereotypes unless all our nation?s young children experience the concepts of equality, liberty, and justice. Recommends experiences for young children which are perfect for stimulating dialogue in small groups where we can practice listening and learning together to meet this challenge.

School Readiness and Social-Emotional Development: Perspectives on Cultural Diversity

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“Strong social-emotional development underlies all later social, emotional, and academic success.” But among the 20–50 percent of children who enter kindergarten not ready to learn, social-emotional development is often where they are least prepared. This collection of seven commissioned papers summarizes an NBCDI study of the current state of research and programs addressing preschoolers' social-emotional development, looking at issues from a multicultural perspective. From the National Black Child Development Institute. 

Circle of Children Gold-Tone Lapel Pins (Set of 5)

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This classic 1¼" pin of children holding hands reminds us to join together to keep the focus on the rights and needs of young children. It's also great for annual Week of the Young Child activities. Sold only in sets of 5.

Practice in Building Bridges: Companion Resource for Diversity in Early Care and Education (5th ed.)

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In our increasingly diverse society, we all need to be able to create authentic, healthy, equitable relationships with people unlike ourselves, whether our colleagues, coworkers, fellow students, or families of young children. With that goal in mind, this collection of activities, discussion topics, and ideas for journaling is designed as a companion resource for those using Janet Gonzalez-Mena's excellent book Diversity in Early Care and Education, 5th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Practice in Building Bridges is valuable for teacher educators, trainers, and program directors in doing staff and professional development. Many of its activities can also be used by individual students, teachers, and practitioners for personal work.

One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language

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This second edition of Tabors' highly regarded book provides information and tools for teachers of English language learners, including the latest research, literacy instruction, assessment techniques, study aids, and more. This book is an essential resource for teachers who strive to support the languages and literacy development and school success of second language learners. CD-ROM includes a checklist for observing children learning English, parent questionnaire, study guide, and helpful supplementary articles. From Brookes Publishing.

This new edition of Tabors' highly regarded book provides information and tools for teachers of English language learners, including the latest research, literacy instruction, assessment techniques, study aids, and more. This book is an essential resource for teachers who strive to support the languages and literacy development and school success of second language learners. From Paul H. Brookes.

Diversity in Early Care and Education (2-Book Set)

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Purchase this set and save!

This set is comprised of Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences, 5th ed., from McGraw-Hill, and the NAEYC companion resource, Practice in Building Bridges. Each item is available for individual purchase.

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