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.