Culturally Responsive Teaching
Culture is central to learning. It plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals. A pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates fundamental cultures offers full, equitable access to education for students from all cultures.
Some of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching are:
- Positive perspectives on parents and families
- Communication of high expectations
- Learning within the context of culture
- Student-centered instruction
- Culturally mediated instructionin lessons and projects
- Reshaping the curriculum
- Teacher as facilitator
What Is It About Me You Can’t Teach?
This work session, based on the best selling book of the same title readies faculty and school leaders with the evidence-based best instructional strategies that connect how teachers teach with the most likely strategies for raising student achievement.
It shows the connection of strategies drawn from the meta-analyses of the Marzano Research Lab and John Hattie to 21st Century skills including critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration and communication and guides teachers to adopt, adapt or create culturally responsive lessons and project based learning units.
Professional development starts with an introduction that answers the book title’s driving question to full institutes, follow-up mentor programs, assessment, leader development, and alignment with your district’s student performance and teacher development programs.