Opening Doors

  • Title:Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency
  • Author:Trudy T. Arriaga, Randall B. Lindsey
  • Publication Date:January 2016
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781483388793
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

See how one school district made Cultural Proficiency real—and how you can too!

In spite of Brown vs. Board of Education, true integration and corresponding equality of educational opportunity is still far from reality in American schools.

Opening Doors tells the story of Ventura Unified School District's successful implementation of cultural proficiency, which opened long-closed doors for marginalized students and returned gains on every key success metric. Most importantly, it will empower you to do the same for your school or district. Resources include:

  • A method for evaluating the impact of educational decisions on students' access to learning
  • A clear three-year implementation plan for making your school culturally proficient
  • A content-rich companion website that includes templates and forms for implementing the book’s suggestions

It is long past time to make cultural proficiency real by ensuring universally equal access to educational resources for all students. This book removes the remaining barriers to the achievement of this ideal.


Author Bio

Randall B. Lindsey, Ph.D. is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has a practice centered on educational consulting on issues related to equity and diversity. He is at the point in his career where he is concentrating his efforts on working with schools and districts that demonstrate a sincere desire to improve access and achievement outcomes for all students.

Trudy T. Arriaga, EdD, has been privileged to serve as the first female superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District for 14 years. Her journey toward the role of superintendent included bilingual paraeducator, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director. She is honored to publish her first Corwin book with her esteemed colleague, Dr. Randy Lindsey.

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