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Creating and Sustaining Culturally Responsive Educational Systems. High Achievement for All Students, Closing Gaps and Eliminating Disproportionality. What do we mean when we talk about culturally responsive practices?. Culturally Responsive Educational Practices.
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High Achievement for All Students, Closing Gaps and Eliminating Disproportionality
Specific educational practices, instructional strategies, curricula content, and [teaming processes] which have been established by research to increase the achievement of historically underachieving culturally diverse students (NCCRESt 2004)
Intervention Effect Size
Modality Matched Instr. (Aud.) +.03
Modality Matched Instr. (Vis.) +.04
Right Brain/Left Brain .??
Cultural Learning Style .00
Adapted from Reschly, Innovations 2006
Explicit Instruction in Critical and foundational Skills
Collaborative Problem Solving, Direct Assessments, and Multi-tiered Supports
Culturally Responsive Practices
To bring about sustainable change in the performance of culturally diverse students, school improvement efforts must move discussion about culture from the background of consideration to the foreground of planning
What’s Prized and Valued at the school
Beliefs, Values, Ways of Knowing and Doing
Cultures in the system
Institutional bias can be defined as asystem of advantage based on race, culture, gender etc. which includes systems of cultural messages, institutional policies and practices as well as beliefs and actions of individuals (adapted from Beverly Daniel Tatum).
School norms reflect
Toward the goal of increasing the achievement of all students, closing achievement gaps, and eliminating disproportionality
A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system or agency or among professionals and enable the system, agency, or professionals to work effectively with diverse populations.
Where can Institutionalized Bias Be Demonstrated: We Examine Systems Variables
School ClimateComplex systems are multi-layered and multifaceted
Is our system working?
For whom is our system not working?
In what areas is our system exhibiting performance gaps?
Connecting to current real life situations; practical and socially applicable
Giving particular attention and consideration; of diverse viewpoints and contributions
Engaging in an action responding to a need or request
Consistently challenging and meaningful
Demonstrating evidence of effectiveness
Culturally responsive educational systems are sustaining learning communities where all adults work to ensure that all students but specifically culturally and linguistically diverse students (1) feel that their culture is respected, (2) understand the relevance of school-based learning experiences and their life success, (3) have a connection to the school community, (4) experience adults who are responsive to student needs, (5) and where high expectations for all are demonstrated through consistent rigorous instruction that is research-based and high standards.