Growing plant.

Afrika Afeni Mills October 23, 2018

How to Create a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment

Afrika Afeni Mills

BetterLesson Instructional Coach and Manager of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

Are you looking for support as you create inclusive learning experiences for your students?
Would you like to learn more about how to address implicit bias in your classroom?
Do you need help developing authentic partnerships with your students’ families?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning domain can provide you with the support you need to create a culturally responsive learning environment where you and your students will be culturally, politically and socially aware and equipped to take action against injustice.

Culturally Responsive Strategies You Can Try

Classroom Management Reconsidered

The Classroom Management Reconsidered strategy will support you as you create a welcoming learning environment that supports all learners, even when they experience challenges.

Windows and Mirrors

The Windows and Mirrors strategy will help you to ensure that students both see themselves in the curriculum and learn about others in order to understand and appreciate multiple perspectives.

Integrating Inclusive Content

The Integrating Inclusive Content strategy will help you to identify and address gaps in your curriculum so that all students will enjoy a full learning experience by reflecting on experiences and perspectives that are not always included.

Identifying and Addressing Implicit Bias

The Identifying and Addressing Implicit Bias strategy will help you and your students as you identify blind spots and develop proactive responses to bias.

Facilitating Effective Family-Teacher Conferences

The Facilitating Effective Family-Teacher Conferences strategy will help you to authentically partner with your students’ families.

Implementing a truly culturally responsive approach to teaching is a complicated and involved process. It is not the sort of shift that can be accomplished overnight or from a single PD session. Thorough and effective implementation requires active, ongoing discussions and thought partnership.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning work can be challenging, uncomfortable, and deeply personal. In our society, we don’t often learn how to talk effectively about issues of race, racism, racial consciousness, and implicit bias. BetterLesson Coaches can help address this widespread gap by meeting you where you are whether it has been your approach for years or you’re just now getting started with this work. Contact us at BetterLesson to learn more.