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Cultural Success Stories

The success stories offered in this section demonstrate how taking cultural or social issues into account can improve educational practice and students' learning. The stories are drawn from the academic literature and may or may not come from use of the Cultural Inquiry Process.

Stories are listed below alphabetically. They can also be accessed from the relevant pages among steps 3, 4, and 5 through the Related Success Stories and CIP Studies links.

AVID Untracking Program
In this college preparation program several instructional practices, a changed school culture, peer groups, and parental support helped to boost the enrollment of underrepresented students in colleges and universities.
Because of the Kids
Over a period of time, a European American teacher examined and reflected on her assumptions related to her African American students. Her changed expectations and behavior led to improved relationships with her students, who became more respectful of her and more accepting of her authority.

European American Teacher and a Sikh Student
A conflict between a Sikh student and a gym teacher over the dress code was resolved through cultural understanding.

Freshman Social Studies Class
A social studies teacher provided instruction that supported both positive ethnic identity and academic success for Mexican immigrant students.

Funds of Knowledge for Teaching Project
Elementary teachers used information gathered in a minority community to create learning experiences that build on strengths in students' homes.

Hawaiian students pre-K through Third Grade
Teachers used less competitive classroom practices to build success among elementary Hawaiian students.

KEEP Program
Teachers used an interactional style from Hawaiian culture to improve language arts instruction for K-3 Hawaiian students.

KEEP-Rough Rock Project
A successful language arts program was adapted to work with Native American children on a Navajo reservation.

La Clase Mágica
A successful after-school program where bilingual children played culturally and developmentally designed computer games in collaboration with university undergraduates.

Labor Union Literacy Education Program
A labor union worked with a reading specialist and an anthropologist to create a less competitive model to help its members pass a difficult licensing test.

Las Redes
An after-school computer club stimulated children's literacy development through "hybridity," which integrates play and learning, and encourages children to use a wide range of language and literacy forms.

PEP Program
A college preparation program used high expectations, cultural pride, and collaboration to raise the achievement of minority students.

PLAN Program
This successful component of a bilingual education program for Latinos built a supportive community and helped the students create a vision for the future and develop a positive self-image.

Reading in Spanish and in English
A bilingual program improved English language arts instruction for Spanish-speaking students by helping them transfer their Spanish reading skills to English.

Reducing Borders
Minority high school students' involvement in a research project led to the development of an English/Social Studies curriculum exploring cultural borders and boundaries.


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