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Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students

Practice Transcending Theory


Edited By Mary Poplin and Claudia Bermudez

Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students contains the quintessential details of highly effective teachers working with students who live in poverty inside our public schools and community colleges. This book features the words and actions of the teachers that can inspire and direct any current or future teacher who wants to be great and be a part of inspiring young people to fulfill their potential. This is the grist we need to spark a reinvigorated critical national conversation about what it takes to really have highly effective teachers in low-income public schools and whether we have the moral courage to work as hard as they do to make educational equity a reality in our nation.

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Contributors to Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students.

Claudia Bermúdez, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor and coordinator in the Teacher Education Program at Claremont Graduate University. Over the ← 277 | 278 → course of 20 years, she held various positions in the Los Angeles Unified School District, including teacher, literacy coach, bilingual coordinator, district EL expert, assistant principal, and principal. Her master’s degrees are in Latin American studies (UCLA) and educational administration (CSULA). As a researcher and educational consultant, Claudia focuses on educational equity for long-term English learners; critical social justice in K–12 education; and the intersection of class/race and social/cultural capital.

Jaquet Dumas, Ph.D., is a principal of a local charter school serving the Inland Empire. She has worked in urban education for 14 years as both a classroom teacher and an administrator. The majority of her work has been in curriculum and program design for underserved populations. She is passionate about research regarding African American student achievement, particularly in the areas of curriculum and instruction.

Kim Hall, Ph.D., is a middle school principal in San Bernardino County. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Houston Independent School District and a curriculum director in San Diego Unified School District. Her work in both elementary and secondary education has included supporting Professional Learning Communities, developing benchmark assessments, and working in the fields of both mathematics and English language arts.

Rebecca Hatkoff, Ph.D., is...

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