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How can early childhood practitioner┐s best respond to cultural and linguistic diversity and ensure positive interactions with all children and families? Discover the power of Skilled Dialogue, a unique, effective, and field-tested model for interactions that honor the cultural beliefs and values of everyone involved. Going far beyond the fundamentals introduced in the first edition of this book, the fully updated second edition incorporates expanded coverage of today┐s most critical topics and reflects the real-world feedback of seasoned Skilled Dialogue users. With this proven model for respectful, reciprocal, and responsive communication, pre- and in-service educators and interventionists will understand culture as a dynamic that shapes the behaviors and beliefs of all people; resolve issues creatively by integrating diverse perspectives from all parties; strengthen inclusive assessment and instruction; reframe differences between practitioners and families and complementary, not contradictory; and leverage cultural diversity as a strength rather than a ┐problem┐ or risk factor. With this comprehensive guide to a positive, highly effective model, early childhood professionals will establish skillful interactions that honor all cultures and perspectives┐leading to stronger working relationships and better outcomes for whole families.