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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Published: 12/7/2018 2:07 PM

This page contains resources and tools on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?

According to the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (Richards, Brown, & Forde, 2006), culturally responsive pedagogy is where “effective teaching and learning occur in a culturally supported, learner-centered context, whereby the strengths students bring to school are identified, nurtured, and utilized to promote student achievement.” This webpage will offer resources designed to reduce novice performance by developing awareness, understanding, and application of culturally responsive pedagogy.

Why is culturally responsive pedagogy Important?

According to Elizabeth B. Kozleski (n.d.) from Equity Alliance, “Culturally responsive teaching helps bridge different ways of knowing and engages students from non-dominant cultures in demonstrating their proficiencies in language use, grammar, mathematical knowledge and other tools they use to navigate their everyday lives.” Reference the article Equity Alliance Culturally Responsive Teaching Matters!

How can we meet the diverse learning needs of our students?

To meet the diverse learning and cultural needs of students, it’s imperative that schools and districts analyze current practices, beliefs, and systems in an effort to be culturally responsive. Reference the Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Diagnostic to help your school/district identify areas of need in implementing culturally responsive pedagogy.


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30-60-90 Day Plan for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 

A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching describes how the four motivational conditions of culturally responsive teaching contribute to student engagement for encouraging and modeling equitable participation for all students.

Active Implementation Hub  Learning modules, articles, and planning tools/templates to support implementation.

Active Implementation Hub Tour  A tour of the tools and modules available on the Active Implementation Hub to support implementation.

Teaching Tolerance  Activities, lesson plans, and articles to support the development of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

Equity Alliance  Training presentations, activities, and articles on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

CEEDAR Culturally Responsive Teaching Innovation Configuration  Describes the key features of Culturally Responsive Teaching and how it should look in practice (pages 33-37).

Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning A variety of resources on culturally responsive pedagogy.

Edutopia Videos and resources on culturally responsive teaching.

National Equity Project Tips for making classrooms more culturally responsive.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Video

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