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monique06 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 14, 2013 at 3:58 AM via web

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What is the most important transformation to happen in schools when it comes to all students with different cultural backgrounds and diverse differences?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 14, 2013 at 4:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The most important transformation to happen in schools with an increasing culturally diverse student population is that the school infrastructure and climate must adapt in order to serve the student population in the best possible way.  The Supreme Court case of Lau vs. Nichols (1974) ensures that students, regardless of nationality, race, or language, have the same opportunities to receive their education as the general student body.  Basically, this court decision resulted in laws which require that all students' needs be met in a way that is fair and equal.  For some schools, this means implementing dual language programs while other schools have more success using strategies like SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) to ensure that students of all nationalities and languages are receiving the best possible academic instruction. 

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