Creating a "Community of Learners" Through Cultural Mediation: A School's Perspective

Patricia Irving, Claudia Maria Vargas


Schools in diverse settings pose leadership challenges
with the principal. They
also afford opportunities. A principal
who asserts a leadership role and takes
the risk of reculturing the school engages
students and teachers as well as the community
at large in the educational
endeavor. Through a case study of
Rideau High School, Ottawa, this article
explores interventions that help build a
"community of leamers. " In this case,
the principal taps on the uniqueness of
the community by linking outside and
inside resources in the school through
cultural interpreters.

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