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Teachers who believe in their ability to create meaningful learning experiences exert a powerful influence over the achievement of the students they come in contact with. Educators are currently being confronted with increasing numbers of minority students in their classrooms; in order to engage these students, issues of diversity need to be a central part of instruction. Using Villegas and Lucas's (2002) six qualities that define a culturally responsive teacher and Ball's (2009) process for preparing teachers to be effective in cul-turally diverse classrooms. We'll examine theories and best practices, which can be used to create a safe classroom space for risk taking and learning for teachers and students.



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