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Equity in the classroom: Creating Culturally Responsive Learning Communities Kyrene School District September 16, 2011. JoEtta Gonzales, Director & Seena Skelton, Co-Director The Equity Alliance at ASU. Participants will:.
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Equity in the classroom: Creating Culturally Responsive Learning CommunitiesKyrene School DistrictSeptember 16, 2011 JoEtta Gonzales, Director & Seena Skelton, Co-Director The Equity Alliance at ASU
Participants will: Equity Alliance at ASU
Compose a “Tweet”140 characters or less. Who are you?What does educational equity mean to you?
Agenda Equity Alliance at ASU
How will we spend our time? Equity Alliance at ASU
What’s in your packet of materials Equity Alliance at ASU
As the demographics have changed within many school communities, educators have struggled with proactively addressing the behavioral and learning needs of an increasingly diverse student population for a variety of individual and systemic reasons.
Key Ideas Equity Alliance at ASU
Explanations for Achievement Disparities Equity Alliance at ASU Au, 1998
Educational Equity When educational practices, policies, supports, curricula, school resources, and school cultures are such that all students have access to, participate and make progress in high quality learning experiences in order to reach academic success, regardless of race, ses, gender, dis/ability, national origin, religion, or other characteristics.
The Cultural Nature of Learning Cultural Histories What people bring with them What’s already there The work people do together The Institutional Culture The Culture We Create Equity Alliance at ASU
Pathway to Educational Equity Equity Alliance at ASU
Our own Cultural Histories What we bring with us Equity Alliance at ASU
Exploring personal identities Education Equity Alliance at ASU
Think and Write Equity Alliance at ASU
Reflection Equity Alliance at ASU
View and Discuss Equity Alliance at ASU
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness VisibleConversations -Video Activity Equity Alliance at ASU
Break “"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams.” Equity Alliance at ASU
The institutional culture What’s already there Equity Alliance at ASU
We must consider the socio-historical context in which schooling occurs to adequately address the achievement of all students.
Approach to Work Cultural Practices School Culture Home Culture
Communication Cultural Practices Home Culture School Culture
The Culture we Create The work people do together Equity Alliance at ASU
What’s needed to get students college and career ready? Equity Alliance at ASU
A statement that is heard from many teachers when asked about student differences is – "I see all of my students the same way.” It is critically important that teachers recognize the individuality of each student as cultural beings(Pollock, 2008).
Villegas and Lucas (2002) identify six salient characteristics for preparing teachers to work successfully in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. These characteristics can be thought of as important teacher dispositions necessary for demonstrating culturally responsive teaching.
Dr. Geneva Gay University of Washington Seattle What is Culturally responsive Teaching? Video viewing Activity Equity Alliance at ASU
Group Processing Activity Think about what questions you have about implementing the culturally responsive teaching practices Dr. Gay described in the video. Both people complete the following statement: “What comes up for me when we start to talk about creating an inclusive and culturally responsive learning community is …..” Discuss the challenges related to culturally responsive practices and possible leverage points that can be used to facilitate full implementation. Equity Alliance at ASU
Curriculum Environment Instruction & Assessment Climate
Four foundational culturally responsive teaching strategies: Instruction & Assessment
3 -2-1 Discussion • 3 Key take-aways from today’s session • 2 Immediate next steps I will take to forward my understanding of my own cultural identity and the cultural identities of my students • 1Question I have about implementing culturally responsive teaching
Equity exists, in part, to the degree that all students feel they belong, are included, and are empowered.