Supporting state and local school
systems to assure a quality, culturally responsive education
for all students.
The National Center for Culturally
Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) provides technical
assistance and professional development to close the achievement
gap between students from culturally and linguistically
diverse backgrounds and their peers, and reduce inappropriate
referrals to special education. The project targets improvements
in culturally responsive practices, early intervention,
literacy, and positive behavioral supports.
The outcomes of NCCRESt’s work are
designed to:
• increase the use of
prevention and early intervention strategies,
• decrease inappropriate referrals
to special education, and
• increase the number of schools using effective literacy
and behavioral interventions for students who are culturally
and linguistically diverse.
NCCRESt supports the implementation
of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act as it
extends the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
To accomplish these goals, NCCRESt will:
• Develop accurate baselines and analyze the impact of change
efforts on placement and outcomes for students from culturally
and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
• Synthesize and expand research-based practices for culturally
and linguistically diverse students.
• Leverage the continued improvement of schools with large
proportions of culturally and linguistically diverse student
populations through state technical assistance plans,
collaborative work with existing technical assistance
networks, asset mapping, continuous school improvement
processes, and regional and state leadership academies.
• Engage a national discourse across local, professional
practice, and policy communities on improving educational
outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
• Develop products, including research syntheses, policy
briefs, and public communication activities that inform
a variety of audiences about effective and evidence-based
teaching and school organizational practices that support
successful educational outcomes for students from culturally
and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Elizabeth B. Kozleski, University
of Colorado at Denver
Alfredo J. Artiles, Vanderbilt University
Janette Klingner, University of Colorado at Boulder
Cheryl A. Utley, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University
of Kansas