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Cultural Responsiveness:
Gay (2000) wrote a book on teaching cultural responsivess. This web-site picks out some essential aspects of cultural responsive teaching which is validating, comprehensive, multidimensional, empowering, transformative, and emancipatory. see the web-site: http://www.intime.uni.edu/multiculture/curriculum/culture/Teaching.htm

Kennedy White, K.,
Zion, S. & Kozleski, E.B. (2005) Cultural identity and teaching. Denver, CO: National Institute for Urban School Improvement. Retrieved December 3, 2008 from http://www.urbanschools.org/pdf/cultural.identity.LETTER.pdf
This PDF discusses what teachers bring to the classroom and how their experiences effect the education environment.

An article that discusses preparing teachers to be culturally responsive. see the attached PDF.

Assisting Students whose native language is not English:
To assist students whose native language is not English is a challenge we surely face as teachers. A report submitted to the Carnegie Corporation in 2007 addressed some of the critical issues as well as some potential solutions through best practices to assist students whose native language is not English.
The bibliography for the report is: Short, D., & Fitzsimmons, S. (2007). Double the work: Challenges and solutions to acquiring language and academic literacy for adolescent English language learners – A report to Carnegie Corporation of
New York. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.
Please see the link to the PDF report http://www.all4ed.org/files/DoubleWork.pdf

This link provides some background on the various states and the populations of students whose primary languages are not English. http://www.etsliteracy.com/Media/Conferences_and_Events/pdf/ELLsympsium/ELL_factsheet.pdf

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement web-site has its February 2008 Newsletter dedicated to assisting English language learning students. There are specific case studies as well as additional resources.