Eden Prairie's Imprint

Tidbits about Culturally Relevant Teaching & Responsiveness

February 1, 2016, Edition II

The purpose & Name

Eden Prairie's Imprint is an exclusive newsletter dedicated to the new teachers in Eden Prairie Schools. Our focus is on sharing best practice around culturally responsive pedagogy and highlighting our new teachers/staff in an effort to create community and interconnectedness. We recognize the 'imprint' you are making with the hard work and dedication you bring to our school district. If you are interested in contributing to this bi-weekly newsletter, please contact Stephanie Baker, District Q Comp Coordinator/Instructional Coach. Let's make an impression on one another in 2016!
Teaching Tolerance

This magazine is a FREE magazine available to educators interested in anti-bias and social justice education. I personally recommend it, but all you have to do is ask your fellow teachers, and you'll hear the same. Click on the button to sign up!

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

Cultural Tree

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)

New Teacher/Staff Continuous Learning Session III

Thursday, March 10th, 4-6pm

Eden Prairie High School - Lakeside Lab

New Teacher/Staff Continuous Learning Session IV

Thursday, April 14th, 4-6pm

Eden Prairie High School - Lakeside Lab

Waking Up White Book Study

If interested, I will be facilitating an 8 week online course on the book by Debbie Irving, Waking Up White. Registration will be open this week in Keep Certified.