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Tools you can use: The Mississippi cultural responsivity matrix. Elaine Mulligan, M.A. July 15, 2009. Conceptual Framework. Topics Activities Language People Assessment Miscellaneous.

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Tools you can use the mississippi cultural responsivity matrix

Tools you can use: The Mississippi cultural responsivity matrix

Elaine Mulligan, M.A. July 15, 2009


Conceptual framework
Conceptual Framework

Topics

Activities

Language

People

Assessment

Miscellaneous

Material categorized in each of these areas are analyzed to determine whether the content and the approach to teaching represents one of the following approach types:

  • Contributions

  • Additive

  • Transformational

  • Social Action


Dimensions of the culturally responsive matrix
Dimensions of the Culturally Responsive Matrix

Levels of knowledge construction


  • Curriculum structure, goals and characteristics reflect mainstream constructions of knowledge.

  • Ethnic heroes and their contributions are noted.

  • Ethnic holidays and themes are incorporated into the curriculum to acknowledge ethnic holidays and celebrations.

  • Books, bulletins boards, videos and other teaching materials portray people from multiple cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, and language groups in a variety of roles interacting across stereotypical lines.

Contributions


  • Teachers consistently reference the multicultural nature of their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Concepts, themes, authors, and perspectives from a variety of ethnic and cultural groups are added to the curriculum without changing its basic structure and assumption.

Diversity Additive

Example: Westward Expansion taught from the perspective of the westward movement of hunters, trappers, pioneers -- concepts and themes that explore the impact of expansion on American Indians are included, but focus is on the movement west.


Transformational their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Teachers consistently provide opportunities for students to work together across cultural boundaries

  • Curriculum is taught from multiple perspectives and points of view

  • Teachers involve students decision-making about classroom culture

  • Classroom practices create opportunities to examine multiple perspectives


Social Action their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Teachers enact curricula that explore multiple perspectives, ideas, and outcomes.

  • Students are able to develop critical lenses.

  • Teachers assess student outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills, and critical perspectives as well as social advocacy.


Story 1 mariah keeps cool
Story 1 : Mariah Keeps Cool their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

Mariah, plans a birthday party for her sister, Lynn, with the help of her half sister, Denise, and several friends. Lynn’s favorite activities are reading and helping out a local homeless shelter. She says she does not want any special attention to her birthday and, probably suspecting that something’s up, announces that she’s staying in bed all day. The story recounts her sisters’, mother’s, and friends’ efforts to keep the party a surprise and make it a meaningful for Lynn. The party includes dancing, eating, and bringing contributions to the homeless shelter where Lynn helps out. It turns out well – Lynn is pleased, and Mariah comes to appreciate her half-sister, Denise, more through their shared efforts for Lynn.


Story content

Topics/Issues their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

The story theme is positive family and friendship relationships, team work, and problem solving.

Again, counters stereotypical African American vernacular speech. Speakers us standard English with occasional shifts of register such as “y’all” and “what you doing here?”

Language

The family is African American and the story apparently seeks to counter common stereotypes of African American family structure, SES and life-style. Most of the group of friends participate in a swimming club and are preparing for competition. The friend who is the swim coach has a swimming pool at his home. Lynn does not participate in the swim club but is an avid reader with a social conscience.

People Studied

Story content

All the characters in all the pictures in the story are African Americans. Would seem to support notion of in-group friendships rather than cross-group. Does not challenge traditional societal prejudices regarding relationships.

Miscellaneous (Pictures)

Mariah Keeps Cool


Activity discussion
Activity Discussion their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

At what level are the Topics/Issues presented? What are your evidences?

At what level is Language portrayed? What are your evidences?

At what level are People Studied portrayed? What are your evidences?


Story 2 one pair of shoes
Story 2: One Pair of Shoes their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

A report from a school in New York City where one boy’s concern about a homeless man who had no shoes in the winter resulted in his class engaging in a drive to collect, clean, and polish old shoes and donate them to homeless


Story content1

Topics/Issues their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

Theme of helping those less fortunate.

Focus is on people who are poor and homeless. No particular ethnic group represented.

People Studied

Story content

Are all of different types of shoes, the polish and brushes used to clean them, and new laces.

Miscellaneous (Pictures)

One Pair of Shoes


Activity discussion1
Activity Discussion their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

At what level are the Topics/Issues presented? What are your evidences?

At what level is Language portrayed? What are your evidences?

At what level are People Studied portrayed? What are your evidences?


What did you bring to share
What did you bring to share? their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

From Your School


Topics issues
Topics/Issues their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


Activities
Activities their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


Language
Language their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


People studied
People Studied their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


Grading assessment
Grading/Assessment their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


Curricular profile
Curricular Profile their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

Content Area:__________________________________________________________________________

Teachers:______________________________________________________________________________


Next steps
Next Steps their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

What do I plan to do to move my curriculum from contributions to transformational?

What do I need to move my curriculum from contributions to transformational?

How will I evaluate changes in my students over time?


Where do you want to be
Where do you want to be? their teaching tools noting the contributions and accomplishments of distinguished individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


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