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  • Culturally Responsive Practices Dr. Rosemarie Allen Metropolitan State University of Denver

  • Culturally Responsive Educa

  • Why Culturally Responsive Educa

  • Achievement Gaps Dispropor
  • Gender Inequity: Boys are 54% of the popula

  • African American girls are

    20% of the preschool popula

  • Black Boys are 19% of the preschool


  • Children with disabili/es are dispropor/onately suspended in K-12

  • Black and La

  • Black and La

  • English learners represent 5% of students in

    schools that offer AP courses, but 2% of the students

    enrolled in at least one AP course

    From: United States Department of EducaJon, 2016

  • All students need high quality, culturally

    responsive instruc

  • From: Irvine & Armento (2001). Culturally Responsive Teaching: Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Grades. New York, New York: The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc.

    This is a self-reflecJve process. Because there are no quick and simple soluJons, no single program or packaged intervenJon to train teachers to teach culturally diverse students, the issue of reflecJon becomes

    criJcally important. Any aSempt to generate tricks of the trade must be avoided

    because of the complexity of the issue and because of the individual needs, moJvaJons,

    experiences, and abiliJes of children of color.

  • Addressing Our Own Biases

    Lets Reflect on Ourselves

  • Why Dont We Want to Talk About Race?

    We have become so poli

  • Lets Pretend it doesnt exist! Racial E
  • Cultural Disconnects

  • What is Culture? Culture: The way we live Values, mores, customs Behavioral expecta
  • Culture impacts the way children: Learn Cope Solve problems Communicate

    Viewing the child through this cultural context provides an understanding of the child and the factors that

    influence learning and behaviors

    (Gay, Geneva 2010. Culturally Responsive Teaching)

  • You Must Study The Student! Gloria Ladson-Billings

  • I Wish My Teacher Knew:

  • Elements: Of Culture At School

    We must be aware of our own cultural framework and context

    1The Culture that Already Exists 2The Culture We Bring 3The Culture That is Created Kozleski, (2010). Culturally Responsive Teaching Mafers! Equity Alliance

  • The Cultural Background We Bring With Us:

    Beliefs and percep

  • The

    Culture we bring with


  • Iceberg Theory of Culture

    Beyond Culture, Edward T. Hall, 1976

  • The Roots: Unseen and

    rarely discussed: Habits & assump

  • Cultural congruence between the childs home and school is the cornerstone of culturally responsive prac
  • Culturally Responsive Prac
  • Culturally responsive prac
  • Effec
  • Kids get it, that we get them

    Principle One: Students are honored in their cultural connec/ons The children are represented in:

    Content Stories People Examples Inclusion Kids feel honored recognized and seen

    Principle One Gary Howard, 7 Principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching. You Tube

  • Principle Two Principle 2 Teachers are personally culturally invi/ng

    Kids understand that we enjoy them and enjoy being with them

    There are personal connec

  • Principle Three Principle 3 Classroom is physically and culturally invi/ng

    Children see themselves in the classroom

    Pictures, books, games, reflect the culture of the children

    The classroom is afrac

  • Principle Four Principle 4 Childrens development and efforts are reinforced

    Teachers see children from a strength-based lens

    Teachers look for and acknowledge the posi

  • Principle Five Principle 5 Adjus
  • Principle Six Principle 6 Classroom management is caring and consistent

    Children are inten

  • Principle Seven Principle Seven: Instruc/on is individual as well collec/ve Coopera
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    Culturally Responsive Teaching is

    Culturally Responsive Prac

  • Where Are You in your journey to becoming culturally responsive?