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
- 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
- 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
used information gathered in a minority community to create learning
experiences that build on strengths in students' homes.
- Hawaiian students pre-K through
Teachers used less
competitive classroom practices to build success among elementary Hawaiian
- 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
- 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
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
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