“But I’m Just Their Teacher-Why Should I Care?â€: The Effects of a Caring-Centered Environment in the Literacy Achievement of ELLs

Carmen Pompa, Sandra Higareda, Cristina Trevino, Cathy L. Guerra


A caring-centered ethic should exist in the multicultural classroom throughout a students’ academic career (Pompa, 2006). This paper will explore the concept of caring-centered communities and define what a caring-centered multicultural classroom looks like. The latter part of the paper reviews the impact that a caring-centered environment has on literacy achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs) and professional development for caring-centered multicultural education will be examined.

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