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1st Edition

Leadership for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Schools

ISBN 9780415710299
Published November 6, 2014 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

Leadership for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Schools explores how schools can cultivate students’ linguistic and cultural proficiencies, provide students with a rich and challenging learning environment, and ensure that students are socioculturally integrated. Containing special features such as Storyboxes to detail specific cases of how school leaders put theory into practice, and integrated exercises to provide launching points for critical dialogue and help readers make connections to their own contexts, this book brings together research from the field of bilingual education and school improvement to provide a strong theoretical and research framework as well as best practices for supporting all students. Authors Scanlan and López provide aspiring and practicing leaders the guidance to lead, organize, and support their schools to effectively serve linguistically and culturally diverse students.

A Companion Website includes exercises from the book available for download and modification and a blog focused on emerging research and effective practices.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Eugene Garcia


Chapter 1: Introduction: Orientation to the Expedition

Part I

Chapter 2: Research Literature on Promoting Sociocultural Integration

Chapter 3: How Do School Leaders Promote Sociocultural Integration?

Part II

Chapter 4: Research Literature on Cultivating Language Proficiency

Chapter 5: How Do School Leaders Cultivate Language Proficiency?

Part III

Chapter 6: Research Literature on Supporting Academic Achievement

Chapter 7: How Do School Leaders Ensure Academic Achievement?

Chapter 8: Conclusion: The road is made by walking


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Martin Scanlan is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette University, USA.

Francesca A. López is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Arizona, USA.


"This book should be on every school leader’s reading list. It is both inspirational and practical. Framing the content around the key elements that help culturally and linguistically diverse school populations, the authors provide research and practice ideas that can be easily considered by school leaders both novice and experienced. The exercises help leaders see the new mainstream students in a new light." 

--María Estela Brisk, Professor of Teacher Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College


"Scanlan and Lopez have taken a unique approach to help school leaders effectively meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. A seamless blend of theory and practice, this book offers school leaders tools for supporting strategies that facilitate language learning. It is a must-read for campus principals, bilingual education directors, and teachers who work with CLD students."

--Mariela A. Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, The University of Texas at San Antonio