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Culturally Responsive Approach to Learning Is Cherished

Ganado Intermediate School, Ganado, Ariz.

Many students on the Navajo reservation in Ganado, Ariz., face challenges that can negatively affect their education at Ganado Intermediate School. One of the aims of the school is to engage families as partners in learning. Ganado maintains an open school policy throughout the day, offering a parent resource center that sponsors quarterly workshops, distributes resources and materials, and provides access to a library and computer center.

Ganado also demonstrates its culturally responsive approach to student learning by considering the cultural strengths that can help kids learn best. The school recognizes how it can align a whole child approach to education with the Navajo education philosophy to further its mission.

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