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Assimilation - A process of socializing people so that they adopt dominant social norms and patterns of behavior
Immersion programs Language program that emphasizes rapid transition to English
Sexual harassment Unwanted and/or unwelcome sexual behavior tht interferes with a student’s sense of well-being
Caring A teacher’s investment in the protection and development of the young people in his or her classes.
Latchkey children - Children who go home to empty houses after school and who are left alone until parents arrive home from work.
Single-gender classes and schools Classes and schools where boys and girls are segregated for part or all of the day.
Culturally-responsive teaching Instruction that acknowledges and accommodates cultural diversity.
Learning style Students’ personal approaches to learning, problem solving, and processing information
Socioeconomic status The combination of family income, parents’ occupations, and the level of parental education.
Culture The knowledge, attitudes, values, customs, and behavior patterns that characterize a social group.
Middle class Socioeconomic level composed of managers, administrators, and white-collar workers who perform nonmanual work.
Students placed at-risk Students in danger of failing to complete their education with the skills necessary to survive in modern society.
English as a second language (ESL) programs Language program that emphasizes rapid transition to English.
Multicultural education A general term that describes a variety of strategies schools use to accommodate cultural differences in teaching and learning.
Underclass - People with low incomes who continually struggle with economic problems.
Ethnicity A person’s ancestry; the way individuals identify themselves with the nation from which they or their ancestors came.
Resilient students - Students placed at-risk who have been able to rise above adverse conditions to succeed in school and in other aspects of life.
Upper class - The socioeconomic class composed of highly educated (usually a college degree), highly paid (usually above $170,000) professionals who make up about 5 percent of the population.
Created by: LFalone