With a growingly diverse population of non-white and immigrant students and a great disparity in demographics in school staff in rural southern Minnesota, there is an increasing need for a school environment that is inclusive of all students, their experiences, and their identities. This capstone project addresses many important factors that impact adolescent non-white and immigrant students in southern Minnesota schools and answers the question: How can I help high school staff in an increasingly diverse rural community foster a more culturally inclusive learning environment for racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students? In answering this question, this capstone delves into the current literature surrounding the different types of ELs, cultural variables that affect learning, adolescent and linguistic identity construction, acculturation, as well as a number of pedagogical strategies for diverse adolescents. The resulting capstone project is a website which is specifically curated to address the need for a school environment that recognizes and celebrates all of the identities and experiences that each student brings with them each day.
ESL/ ELLs, Multicultural Education, Staff Development, Teachers/ Teaching
Quiñonez, Jessica, "Linguistic Identity Construction and Cultural Inclusivity" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 604.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects