Culture and Orientation: Grades 9-12
Olsen, L. (1997). Made
in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools. New York: The New Press.
This book offers a portrait of life at a public high school. Olsen spent
two and a half years attending classes, observing, and interviewing teachers,
administrators, students, and parents. Through their stories, Olsen discovered
a contemporary version of the Americanization of immigrants. From the
challenges of bilingual education to combatting cultural sterotypes,
Olsen explores what it looks like and feels like to go to school and
to teach in a time of increasingly complex cultural relations.
Jaramillo, A., Olsen, L., Perez, Z. M., & White, J. (1999). Igniting
Change for Immigrant Students: Portraits of Three High Schools.
Oakland, CA: California Tomorrow.
This volume offers the stories of a school change process in three high
schools that partnered with California Tomorrow to demonstrate an equity-centered
educational improvement. This book describes California Tomorrow’s
process model and nine principles for school change, reflects on lessons
learned about what it takes to put equity, access, language, and culture
at the heart of school reform, portrays the reality of reform work in
two very different school contexts, and evaluates the impact of work
on the schools, teachers, administrators and students.
Secondary School Transitions for Immigrant Adolescents
California Tomorrow works with schools, family-serving institutions,
early childhood programs, and communities to respond positively and equitably
to diverse populations. California Tomorrow identifies and designs new
models of practice for a diverse society and guides and supports the
Cultural Orientation Center
The Cultural Orientation Center produces monographs on the people, history,
and culture of different refugee groups to help U.S. service providers
understand the new refugee populations. Other orientation materials include
bilingual phrasebooks, health resources guides, and a website devoted
to cultural orientation.