Culturally Responsive Teaching

Create learning communities in which all students can be seen, heard, and valued

About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Topics:

  • Fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Culturally Responsive Classroom Culture
  • Curriculum and Social Justice
  • Family Partnerships
  • Restorative Justice

Overview:

Culturally Responsive Teaching is a foundational approach to instruction based on the understanding that culture is central to learning. Culture informs how students communicate, think, learn, and interact. As such, ensuring classrooms are culturally responsive is an integral part of creating learning environments that are effective for all students.

Often, Culturally Responsive Teaching is thought of as a way of being responsive to students of color and therefore only applicable to teachers working with diverse populations. While this is certainly an important aspect of Culturally Responsive Teaching, it is not the only consideration. For teachers working with mostly white or monocultural populations, adopting a culturally responsive approach enables students to build an appreciation and understanding of perspectives that are different from their own.

So, is Culturally Responsive Teaching for everyone? The answer is a resounding yes!

By laying a culturally responsive foundation that honors diverse student backgrounds and experiences, teachers create the conditions in which meaningful learning can take place.

What We Believe:

We believe that in order to establish a culturally responsive classroom, teachers must ensure that students have both the historical context and appreciation for different perspectives to empathize and engage respectfully with those from other cultures.

We believe that the best and most direct antidote to our country's current state of division and inequality is education. By integrating topics of cultural inclusion throughout every child's K-12 experience, we can develop thoughtful and compassionate students who will graduate to become informed and empathetic citizens. We feel it is incumbent upon all educators to embrace a culturally responsive approach to teaching so that all students develop values of respect and appreciation of diversity.

We believe that creating a culturally responsive classroom and addressing all elements of a curriculum are not mutually exclusive endeavors. When a classroom is truly culturally responsive, all students will be more engaged and ultimately more successful.

We believe that it is important to partner with students' families, taking an asset-based mindset, in order to celebrate students' diversity and collaborate effectively to support the success of each student.

Featured Strategies

Effective classroom management creates a welcoming learning environment that supports all learners, even when they experience challenges
Effective classroom management creates a welcoming learning environment that supports all learners, even when they experience challenges
Forming authentic, trusting relationships with your students' families is a foundational part of building an inviting learning community
Forming authentic, trusting relationships with your students' families is a foundational part of building an inviting learning community
When students learn about social justice at an early age, they are more likely to apply a lens of social justice to their interactions with
When students learn about social justice at an early age, they are more likely to apply a lens of social justice to their interactions with

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I can examine the fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Teaching to commit to integrating a change in my daily practice.
I can nurture culturally responsive classroom culture by recognizing, honoring, and including student identities, skills, experiences, and passions.
I can develop curriculum and social justice in my school community by critiquing standard content and examining areas for change, growth, and inclusion.
I can foster family partnerships by taking an asset-based mindset with families that celebrates diversity and belonging, and builds communication and roles.
I can apply restorative practices as an alternative approach to disciplinary matters in order to center relationships, exhibit social-emotional competence, and to rethink behavior management practices.

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