Thursday, July 19, 2012

Reflective Practice of Multi-unicultural School Leaders

(ORANGE, Ca.  – 2012)   Dr. Roberto Cases, Program Chair for the administrative credential and graduate degree program for the five Southern California campuses of Argosy University has co-authored the book, Reflective Practice of Multi-unicultural School Leaders. Released in February of this year with co-author Dr. Paul Rodriguez of Cambridge College, the book was intended to address the authors’ deep-seated concerns for children who have been tagged “at risk” of school failure by the broad standards of the current school system.

Their aim is to improve the process of educating these children with new student-centric leadership and instruction methods that emphasize conscientiousness in the way educators should approach their students.  The authors, through their experience in leadership and instruction with children of different cross-culturally diverse backgrounds or who speak different languages, have made that experience a gauge for developing Reflective Practice of Multi-unicultural School Leaders, a book that may very well define a new standard in the way school systems operate.

Reflective practice involves the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning, understanding, and thus improvement. (This is engagement on the individual leader, educator basis – a fluid way of adjusting and improving leadership methods day by day.) Multi-uniculturalism is the concept that, before understanding and acknowledging other cultures, individuals must first comprehend and embrace their own beliefs, values, traditions and physical environment. The authors, issuing a call for change in the American school system, advocate reflective practice as the best method to train multi-unicultural school leaders in the leadership and instruction of a cross-culturally diverse student body.

This book is a clarion call for educators throughout the United States.  The demographic trends indicate the need for updating, if not overhauling, the standards and methods with which America educates its young.  Sooner or later, the cases of students “at risk” of school failure will become a significant portion of the statistics as the educational system does not adjust to children’s cross-culturally diverse backgrounds and languages.  Before this happens, the authors have sounded the call for change as soon as humanly possible.

Dr. Casas has served as an adjunct professor in graduate and undergraduate courses in Education and Educational leadership for Cambridge College, Chapman University, Ontario, Concordia University, Irvine and California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Casas retired from public education in 2008 after serving more than 36 years.  He served as Deputy Superintendent for Lynwood Unified School District and as District Superintendent for Brawley Union High School District, in California. 

About Argosy University
Argosy University (, with 19 campus locations in 13 states and its online program, is a private academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students in a supportive learning environment where academic knowledge is enriched by the acquisition of interpersonal skills vital to success.  Argosy University has five colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences and Undergraduate Studies.  With one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation, Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Counseling and Education.  The institution also offers bachelor’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice.  Degree level and programs offered vary by location.  Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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