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Innovative Voices in Education: Engaging Diverse Communities

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 1610485416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610485418
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Eileen Gale Kugler is a passionate advocate for the benefits that diversity brings schools, communities and workplaces. A global speaker and consultant, she challenges stakeholders to break through assumptions based on race, culture, gender and generation to understand and value "the other," with the goal of building create strong inclusive environments.

For nearly two decades, Eileen has worked side-by-side educational and community leaders as diversity has changed the face of our schools and neighborhoods. Through her powerful keynotes, engaging training, and comprehensive consulting, she shares proven strategies for creating positive culture and engaging students and families of all backgrounds. She now shares critical lessons learned in K-12 schools with businesses, non-profits and post-secondary institutions.

Eileen brings a solid grounding in strategic planning and communications, as director of her own communications firm since 1992. Her varied background includes working as a journalist, information director for a federal agency, and executive of several non-profits.

The breadth of Eileen's expertise can be seen in a sampling of her client work. She has keynoted conferences from the Ohio Superintendents Conference, to the Metro Nashville Public Schools Parent Engagement Conference, to the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference. She has worked with faculty at schools from Delaware to Minnesota to Georgia. Her work with non-profits includes facilitating strategic planning and message development for the Community Bridges organization, and leading generational diversity training for the National Association of Community Health Centers and Community HealthCorps. She has shared insights across the U.S., Canada and South Africa.

Eileen's award-winning first book, Debunking the Middle Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools are Good for All Kids, was called "a community and civic blueprint for the 21st Century." Her latest book, Innovative Voices in Education: Engaging Diverse Communities, praised as an "invaluable resource," highlights the work of 17 ground-breaking educators and community leaders around the world. Her articles and commentaries appear in wide-ranging publications, from USA Today and The Washington Post, to Educational Leadership, Kappan and Education Week. She has been quoted hundreds of times, including in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and NEA Today.

Eileen's work is informed by her continuing on-the-ground involvement, including an active volunteer life. On yearly trips to a rural South African school with her educator husband, she works to improve literacy. In 2010, she and her husband collected and organized a library of 23,000 quality donated books for the school, sent in a 40-foot shipping container which was converted into the school's library; and they provided training for educators and families. Their efforts were documented in The Washington Post and Voice of America TV.

Contact Eileen through her website www.EmbraceDiverseSchools.com

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Format: Paperback
Time and again, teachers tell us that they feel woefully unprepared to work with families, especially families from different cultural backgrounds than their own. This wonderful book provides a wealth of deep and much-needed insight into how to make meaningful connections with families, affirming their traditions, confirming their dreams for their children, and assuring a common goal of success for all students. It is packed with practical tips, advice, frameworks, and above all, compelling stories.

Anne T. Henderson
Senior Consultant,
Community Organizing and Engagement,
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
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Eileen Gale Kugler didn't do what some authors do by over-using buzz words to make an impact. She built a meaty argument for diversity's power in public education when inclusive school cultures and instructional programs are promoted. I want my <grand> kids to have the gift of being part of the rich school environment of such a school.
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Passionate about reforming education and building a strong culture of achievement within a diverse community of learners? I thought Innovative Voices in Education provided an extraordinary outline for how to engage students, teachers, parents, and community members in creating the absolute best learning environment for all students. Each chapter describes a different authors experiences, challenges, and triumphs with diversity, which helped broaden my knowledge and understanding of the topic exponentially. Whether a teacher, educational policy leader, superintendent, or school director, this book is a must read for captivating your diverse community and building a culture of high expectations/achievement.
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I strongly recommend this book to educators who deal with diverse populations of students--it's full of insight and contains valuable nuggets of practical strategies. Overall, a great read with interesting personal accounts!
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Chapter 6 of this book explains the efforts made in engaging English Language Learners. It explains the methods the teacher used to engage these students as well as how she overcame some of the struggles faced in this program. This chapter specifically explains the methods used by the teacher to teach students English through a Bi-literacy Program. This book has effective methods for teaching not only English language learners but a variety of learners.
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