Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education

A successful initiative from the Boston College Roche Center for Catholic Education provides the basis for a new book co-edited by Lynch School of Education and Human Development Associate Professor Martin Scanlan, Cristina Hunter, assistant program director for the Lynch School’s Urban Catholic Teacher Corps, and Elizabeth R. Howard of the University of Connecticut. Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education: Designing Networks That Transform Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2019) describes an innovative network of 20 preK–8 schools located across the U.S. that transformed to better serve their diverse, multilingual communities by adopting a two-way immersion model. Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education describes the founding of the network, the theory of action that drove its design, and the compelling evidence linking the networked approach to subsequent growth in student achievement and enrollment at the schools. With this book, the editors highlight six practices that were key to driving the schools’ transformation, providing a blueprint for how school leaders can leverage the power of collaborative learning to create more culturally and linguistically responsive schools. Book review from Teachers College Record.

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