Culturally Responsive Practices:

Creating Equitable Learning Environments

Engaging students in our classrooms is critical for students to be academically successful. As the students we teach become increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse, how do we adjust instructional practices to best meet the needs of all learners? This session will introduce the instructional continuum as a model to help us raise levels of engagement and hold all students accountable to learning. A primary objective of this session is for us to be more consciously skilled in how we create equitable learning environments that lead to student success.

Minor adjustments in our instructional practices can have a significant positive impact on student learning. We will focus on practical strategies that increase feedback and require students to struggle with essential skills and content. The objective is to increase levels of engagement with a balanced approach of traditional, responsive, and culturally-responsive strategies.

About the Presenter

Joel Raney is a Faculty Developer at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI where he provides culturally responsive professional development for faculty, staff, and leadership. Raney also leads the New Faculty Academy, a two-year development program for teachers new to CVTC. He has worked with PreK-16 educators to create more equitable learning environments for all students—especially those caught in the achievement gap.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Develop cultural awareness by examining unconscious biases. Distinguish important differences between culture and race.
  • Examine the cultural impact on behavior and communication. Identify your own cultural heritage, and explore the cultural heritages of others.
  • Explain why a variety of instructional strategies are essential for students to build academic skills, learn mindsets and behaviors, and have equitable access to learning that will lead to post-secondary preparedness.
  • Explore what it means to be a culturally competent educator.
  • Determine where you need to be on the instructional continuum and choose strategies that are situationally appropriate for learning goals and student needs.

Tuesday, Feb. 28th 2017 at 9am-3pm

725 West Park Avenue

Chippewa Falls, WI

This Title I Network workshop is available to all CESA 10 districts at no cost.