Strategies, Research, & Community News

February 2016

What is the difference between multicultural education and culturally responsive instruction (CRI)?

Multicultural education is focused on celebrating the diversity among students. It aims to expose students to different cultural traditions through literature and social experiences. On the other hand, culturally responsive teaching is focused not on celebrating diversity but on using culture as a cognitive scaffold for processing new content during learning.The way that every brain makes sense of the world, regardless of race or ethnicity, defines ones culture. The brain uses cultural information to turn everyday happenings into meaningful events. When the brain encounters information, it’s searching for and making connections to what is personally relevant and meaningful based on his or her cultural frame of reference. Finding cultural relevance and personal connections gives students perspective, engages their attention, and assists them in interpreting and inferring meaning, what are considered acts of high intellectual processing such as conceptualizing, reasoning, and theorizing. (Jackson & Hammonds, 2015) Academic Mindset Cycle

The Power of Asset-Based Feedback

The very act of reviewing and applying feedback stimulates the growth of neurons and dendrites for more brain power. Zaretta Hammond (2015), author of Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain, points out the importance of engaging our students' willingness to act on our feedback. Asset-based feedback affirms the student's capacity to learn while providing feedback that reassures students that they will not be stereotyped or doubted as less capable.* Technology feedback tool
Interview with Zaretta Hammond | Part 1