Equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices raise the level of rigor and maximize potential for all learners. In this course you will explore the role of teacher as curator to reflect on your learning environment that accepts, appreciates, and advocates for cultural differences and social justice. Participants will explore and brainstorm problems focused on instructional and social equity. They will navigate and design culturally responsive resources, structures, and teaching practices to address bias in and beyond the classroom. This course will position participants to leverage students’ culture, language, and life experiences into rigorous academic achievement.
- Establish working definitions of equity, bias, and social justice in the classroom
- Develop strategies and structures for prioritizing a culturally responsive classroom through needs-identification, resource-access, and tuned-facilitation
- Develop learning activities through a culturally relevant lens to meet cognitive levels and learning styles
- Design opportunities for students to learn in an environment that promotes executive function through structures and facilitation
- Explore facilitation strategies to build and maintain relationships and trust with students
- Brainstorm problems to address social justice and equitable access and opportunity issues within the students’ neighborhood
Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.