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Developing Reading and Writing in Second-Language Learners: Lessons from the Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth

By Diane August and Timothy Shanahan
Routledge, 2008

A synopsis of Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, this book covers literacy and language, focusing on minority children and youth. Literacy development, assessment, and instruction are a few of the covered topics in this book. Anyone who works with students learning the English language will find this book helpful.

Ready or Not? A California Tomorrow Think Piece on School Readiness and Immigrant Communities

By Jhumpa Bhattacharya, et al.
California Tomorrow, 2005

Over the past few years, schools and communities have spent a considerable amount of time and money on programs and ideas that will be available to students enrolling in schools across the country. School districts are trying to implement better education in the schools that students will be eventually entering.  Students as well as families will benefit from these programs and initiatives. Unfortunately, school districts have not focused on the diverse student populations.  This book seeks the attention of political officials, teachers, families, students, and diverse organizations to assist with these initiatives and programs.

The Line Between Us: Teaching about the Border and Mexican Immigration

By BIll Bigelow
Rethinking Schools Ltd, 2006

Bigelow provides information on Mexican immigration and the United States relationship with Mexico. This book provides teachers information that they can share with students on Mexican immigrants' experiences and various border issues. It is great for educators and others who are interested in learning about immigration from Mexico.

Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice—Volume 1

By Bill Bigelow, et. al., eds
Rethinking Schools Ltd, 1994

A new edition, this book provides information on immigration, recruiting military, sexual orientation issues, and various content areas in education such as mathematics and science. Educators can use the ideas, examples, and narratives that are presented as activities in the classroom. These activities are aimed at promoting justice and equality.

Crossing the Schoolhouse Border: Immigrant Students and the California Public Schools

By Marcia Chen and Laurie Olsen
California Tomorrow, 1988

Based on hundreds of interviews, Chen and Olsen gather information from immigrant students, school staff members, families, and community members living in California. This book provides readers with specific information on issues that immigrants living in California face in education.

Embracing Diversity: Teachers’ Voices from California Classrooms

By Marcia Chen and Laurie Olsen
California Tomorrow, 1990

Embracing Diversity: Teachers’ Voices from California Classrooms explores the lives of teachers from California who work with diverse students. These teachers share their own personal experiences as they tried to make their students more culturally aware.

“They Take Our Jobs”: and 20 Other Myths about Immigration

By Aviva Chomsky
Beacon Press, 2007

“They Take Our Jobs,”provides readers with myths that target immigration and immigrants. Chomsky argues that preconceived notions and other factors play a role in the way individuals view and think about immigration.

English Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 100 Answers

By James Crawford and Stephen Krashen
Scholastic, 2007

James Crawford and Stephen Krashen raise valid concerns and problems that plague education. This resource is perfect for anyone who works in an educational setting. The central focus in this resource is on ELL and contains issues that are directly related to ELL such as assessment and research. The resource takes a question and answer approach.

A Place to Begin: Working with Parents on Issues of Diversity

By Janet Gonzelez-Mena and Dora Pulido-Tobiassen
California Tomorrow, 1999

Do your daily job duties include helping out individuals and families? Then this book is a perfect resource for you. This book provides the essentials for helping and fostering a positive relationship with students' parents to promote a better educational environment. It provides educators information on teaching students to respect others and on promoting positive self-esteem. The content of the book focuses on diversity and provides individuals with guides, learning activities, and other information pertaining to issues that affect a student’s well-being and growth. Chapters focus on racism, identity development, and language.

Enhancing English Language Learning in Elementary Classrooms

By Allene Grognet, et. al.
Center for Applied Linguistics, 2000

Enhancing English Language Learning in Elementary Classrooms is a professional development program for teachers. Chapters cover a wide-range of topics such as culture, assessment, family involvement, and curriculum content. The program is a total of 45 hours and contains a trainer's manual, video, and study guide.

The Inner World of the Immigrant Child

By Christina Igoa
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995

Author Christina Igoa shares a journey of one teacher’s dedication to comprehend immigrant students' experiences and the challenges that they face when they resettle to a new land. This book is recommended for all educators, especially those who work in diverse schools.

Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners

By The National Center for Family Literacy and The National Center for ESL Literacy Education
Center for Applied Linguistics, 2008

This is a great foundational tool for new educators teaching the English language to students. The Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners contains exercises focusing on language, orientation material, and other forms of guidance to help educators.

And Still We Speak... Stories of Communities Sustaining and Reclaiming Language and Culture

By Laurie Olsen, et al., eds.
California Tomorrow, 2001

Educators, students, and community members share their ideas on multiculturalism and how they go about promoting student diversity. Their goal is to enable students to become more knowledgeable about different cultures that surround them. This book provides ideas, programs, and initiatives to educators, administrators, and anyone who is looking to promote diversity with children.

Made in America: Students in Our Public Schools

By Laurie Olsen
The New Press, 1997

A struggling high school is the main focus on this book. This high school is made up of diverse students that come from all different backgrounds. Olsen provides vivid images of immigrant students adjusting to life in the United States.

So They May Speak... An Agenda for Language and Culture Centered School Reform

By Laurie Olsen, et al., eds
California Tomorrow, 2002

So They May Speak originates from another book called And Still We Speak... Stories of Communities Sustaining and Reclaiming Language Culture. This book provides educators with different tactics and initiatives that can be used in school classrooms to encourage students to learn about their own cultures. Topics such as globalism, literacy development, and family structure are just a few topics covered in this book.

The Unfinished Journey: Restructuring Schools in a Diverse Society

By Laurie Olsen, et al
California Tomorrow, 1994

Stuck in a pattern and immersed in traditions, educators, school administrators, and community members realize that change needs to be made in the educational system. The individuals are working toward bettering education for incoming students and making schools more culturally focused. This book provides information on restructuring schools.

The Somalis: Their History and Culture

By Diana Putman and Mohamood Noor
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1993

This resource provides readers with background information on Somalian refugees. It is recommended for individuals assisting Somali refugees who are adjusting to American culture.

The Hmong: An Introduction to Their History and Culture

By Donald Ranard, et. al.
Center for Applied Linguistics, Cultural Orientation Resource Center, 2004

Individuals who have an interest in learning about Hmong refugees should read this book. This profile contains a wealth of information about the Hmong culture, their way of living, and issues involving education and resettlement. The information obtained for this profile is directly from Hmong refugees who have resettled.

The Iraqis: Their History and Culture

By Barbara Robson
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1995

This book is aimed at Iraqi refugee or anyone interested in learning about the Iraqi people. Robson provides information on Iraqi refugees' culture, the challenges they faced in their homeland, and their history. In addition, Robson also discusses issues and challenges that Iraqi refugees may tackle when they resettle to the United States.

The Iraqi Kurds: Their History and Culture

By Barbara Robson
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1996

The profile contains information for Iraqi Kurds resettling to the United States. Information that can be found in the profile includes demographic and cultural information that they may find useful in their resettling experience.

Open Minds to Equality: A Sourcebook of Learning Activities to Affirm Diversity and Promote Equity

By Nancy Schniedwind and Ellen Davidson
Rethinking Schools Ltd, 2006

This book provides educators with activities that can be used in the classroom to provide students with information related to ethnic origin, religion, language, sexual preference, and other variables. Activities encourage diversity within the classroom. Some activity ideas discussed in the book are role plays, case studies, and writing assignments.

How to Integrate Language and Content Instruction: A Training Manual

By Deborah Short
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1991

Designed for educators specializing in ESL, this resource provides information on integrating language and curriculum into classrooms. Deborah Short discusses different topics such as instructional tactics, assessment, and professional development plans.

Integrating Language and Culture in The Social Studies: Teacher Training Packet

By Deborah Short and Christopher Monton
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1996

This packet of teaching materials is useful for those who wish to merge social studies Curriculum with ELL instruction.

Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society

By Carola Suarez-Orozco, et. al.
Harvard University Press, 2008

This book centers on immigrant students from various parts of the world. Hundreds of immigrant students were studied over a five year period. Authors share challenges and goals that these immigrants faced. When these immigrants arrived, they were ecstatic. But as time progressed, their excitement level dwindled due to the poor neighborhoods in which they lived and the schools they attended. Video games and unfavorable neighborhoods had a negative impact on their efforts to learn proper English. Lastly, some students went on to pursue higher education while others did not. The students who did go on to further their education were inspired by caring individuals that surrounded them such as family, friends, and mentors. Many provocative questions are raised in this book.

Bridging Multiple Worlds: Case Studies of Diverse Educational Communities

By Lorraine Taylor and Catharine Whittaker
Allyn & Bacon, 2008

Based on "real-world" case studies, this book helps generate discussion on diversity. Cases are composed from students, educators, administrators, and families. This book contains solutions for schools and communities on diversity issues.

Access and Engagement: Program Design and Instructional Approaches for Immigrant Students in Secondary School

By Aida Walqui
Delta Publishing Company, 2000

Aida Walqui explores the obstacles and challenges diverse secondary students face due to the structure of the educational system. Common obstacles that they confront are strict higher education requirements, admission requirements for colleges and universities, and course structure. Walqui provides educators and administrators with ideas on how to overcome these obstacles and challenges. A small group of immigrant students discuss their personal challenges. Solutions can be found in this book as well. Walqui identifies programs in the United States that are already in place. These programs foster a positive learning environment and school structure for younger immigrant students.

Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees

Center for Applied Linguistics, Cultural Orientation Resource Center, 2004

This guide is provided to refugees who have been given permission to relocate to the United States. It provides refugees with material on United States traditions, and other essential aspects of American culture.