This chart is a visual representation of preconditions for culturally relevant teaching; culturally relevant teacher characteristics; and culturally relevant teaching strategies. Whenever I find myself questioning what would be culturally relevant, I use this as a quick reference guide to help me understand what to do.
This was one of the best reads I've had in a while. The book offers an implementation framework for optimizing student engagement through culturally relevant brain based research, and information on how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships. This is simply a MUST for our diverse classrooms today. In addition, the book offers ten “key moves” to prepare students to become independent learners.
This pinterest post contains a list of Responsive Reads, or Culturally Specific Texts to engage and meet the needs of underserved, struggling, and marginalized learners. There is a large range of suggested readings, from pre-readers to adult. I found books for just about every topic on this list!!
This article helps teachers adjust to managing situational appropriateness levels by helping students make choices IN school that do not let them lose who they are OUT of school. Teachers learn to validate and affirm who students are culturally and racially, then use this as a strength in the classroom.
I found this video to be truly eye opening. It promotes students as the true leaders of the classroom. Students in this video facilitate their own parent-teacher conference showing that they have full ownership of their data and their learning. What a powerful experience this must be for everyone involved!
This blog offers suggestions for culturally responsive classroom management which allows all students equitable opportunities for learning. Building positive and close relationships and building rapport are discussed as well.
A framework for teaching which helps educators relate their content to the particular group of students that is in front of them. This means that using this strategy will look different from year to year, but will allow for the most relevant instruction to occur through increased student engagement.
This is an online lesson planner for grades K-12. Whenever I encounter certain situations in the classroom, or a particular current event is brought up that I view as a 'teachable moment,' this lesson planner is the perfect tool. I simply choose the topic (identity, diversity, justice, action), choose or write my own essential question, then receive step by step lessons with central texts, videos, blogs, and podcasts included! Such an amazing resource for educators in any content area!
From the Inclusive Schools Network News, this link provides culturally responsive strategies for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. In addition, it highlights Events, Articles, Web 2.0 tools, and more! This resource provides me with many 'where to go next' strategies after other ideas have failed. Also, I love that it includes strategies for students and parents as well.