Imagine this scenario: Over the past several years, large immigrant populations have moved into your community. Parents and other community stakeholders attend a school board meeting questioning board members regarding how the school is responding to the diverse needs of the students and families that attend the public schools in your community. They are questioning what types of culturally responsive trainings and strategies are being implemented to meet the diverse needs of all students. For this Assignment, you will design a pamphlet for the school board, constituents, parents, and stakeholders, identifying the school’s practice in using evidence-based, culturally responsive teaching practices to cater to the learning needs of diverse learners.

To prepare:

· Review the module’s Learning Resources.

· Review the Appendix B: Checklist from the U.S. Department of Education’s Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported by Rigorous Evidence article in the Learning Resources.

· Consider the diverse learners within your classroom, school, and community.

· Think about the information staff members would need to reference when selecting and implementing evidence-based, culturally responsive teaching practices for diverse learners. How might you present this information at a school board meeting to parents, constituents, and other stakeholders?

Create a pamphlet providing information for parents, board members, and stakeholders defining and describing the evidence-based, culturally responsive teaching practices being implemented at the school. The pamphlet should address the following:

· Strong, reliable evidence to support the teaching practices

· Evidence-based, culturally responsive teaching practices that encourage multicultural viewpoints and the inclusion of knowledge relevant to the students’ needs and abilities

· Identification of teaching practices that bridge cultural differences through effective communication and that are reflective of students’ backgrounds

For this Assignment and all scholarly writing in this course and throughout your program, you will be required to use APA style (6th edition). Please use the Walden Writing Center as a resource as you complete your assignments.

                                                Learning Resources

Note: To access this week‘s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

                                                Required Readings

Coyne, M. D., Kame’enui, E. J., & Carnine, D. W. (2011). Effective teaching strategies that accommodate diverse learners (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

  • Chapter 1, “Introduction”
  • Chapter 2, “Characteristics of Students with      Diverse Learning and Curricular Needs”

Burns, M. K., & Ysseldyke, J. E. (2009). Reported prevalence of evidence-based instructional practices in special education. Journal of Special Education, 43(1), 3-11.

Cook, B. G., & Cook, S. C. (2013). Unraveling evidence-based practices in special education. The Journal of Special Education, 47(2), 71-82.

Cook, B. G., Tankersley, M., & Landrum, T. J. (2009). Determining evidence-based practices in special education. Exceptional Children, 75(3), 365-383.

Test, D. W., Kemp-Inman, A., Diegelmann, K., Hitt, S. B., & Bethune, L. (2015). Are online sources for identifying evidence-based practices trustworthy? An evaluation. Exceptional Children, 82(1), 58-80.

Council for Exceptional Children. (2014). Council for Exceptional Children standards for evidence-based practices in special education. Retrieved from

Council for Exceptional Children. (2014). CEC releases evidence-based practice standards [Press release]. Retrieved from

Note: Students will use this as resource for the remainder of the course.

U.S. Department of Education. (2003, December). Identifying and implementing educational practices supported by rigorous evidence: A user friendly guide. Retrieved from

Note: Look for the PDF download link.

What Works Clearinghouse. (2008). Procedures and standards handbook (version 2.1). Retrieved from

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012b). Introduction to specialized instruction [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.

Accessible player  –Downloads– Download Video w/CC Download Audio Download Transcript 

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