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Tidbits about Culturally Relevant Teaching & Responsiveness
February 1, 2016, Edition II
The purpose & Name
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Why do we need culturally responsive education?
Current research about the achievement of culturally diverse students confirms that ALL students can and do achieve given the right learning conditions (National Research Council, 2002; Gandara 2000). Unfortunately, national and state achievement data demonstrate that many school are not addressing the educational needs of students from low socio-economic status and culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
"Cultural mismatch between home and school and educators' lack of knowledge about culturally responsive educational practices are two significant factors contributing to achievement gaps among student groups.
.....An educator's first step in creating and sustaining a culturally responsive learning environment is increasing their own cultural competence. Being culturally competent means having a deep understanding of the effect culture has on teaching and learning, and engaging in practices that ensure educational equity and responsive instruction for all students. This level of competence is only derived from study, focused discussion and practice."
More to come in the next edition.....
Center for Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Teaching
This "tree" will grow by contributions, quotes, images, short inspirational moments by YOU --- please send to Stephanie Baker to add to the tree.
"Our Lives Begin to End the Day we Become Silent about Things that Matter" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If a curriculum does not respond to a culture, then the culture won't respond to the curriculum." ~Author unknown (Added by Kristen Strauss, Instructional Coach, Cedar Ridge Elementary)