Culturally Responsive Practices

"Culturally responsive practices... a system of teaching practices framed in cultural competence, in order to create a respectful, inclusive environment which maximizes student engagement, promotes social awareness and acceptance, while prioritizing academic achievement for all students."

Williams, Nichelle. (2021). Culturally Responsive Practices [Syllabus]. Jonesboro, GA: Professional

Learning Department.

As an International Baccaulareate candidate school, Lee Street Elementary embraces inclusion. We do this by recognizing and celebrating the unique backgrounds and experiences of our diverse student body. Our students and staff live the IB Learner Profile each day, on and off campus. The mission of Lee Street Elementary states that our students be internationally minded, while the IB mission statement rquires that students are "inquiring, knowledgeble, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."

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Social Emotional Learning

"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities."

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5 Core Competencies of SEL

  • Self-awareness – To recognize your emotions and how they impact your behavior; acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses to better gain confidence in your abilities.

  • Self-management – To take control and ownership of your thoughts, emotions, and actions in various situations, as well as setting and working toward goals.

  • Social awareness – The ability to put yourself in the shoes of another person who may be from a different background or culture from the one you grew up with. To act with empathy and in an ethical manner within your home, school, and community.

  • Relationship skills – The ability to build and maintain healthy relationships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. This competency focuses on listening to and being able to communicate with others, peacefully resolving conflict, and knowing when to ask for or offer help.

  • Making responsible decisions – Choosing how to act or respond to a situation based on learned behaviors such as ethics, safety, weighing consequences and the well-being of others, as well as yourself.

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SEL Resources

If we want to see the benefits of SEL, it is important that we provide resources to our stakeholders. The following resources have been compiled from rethinkEd, a program that focuses on the social-emotional needs of the students through the 5 core competencies of SEL.

For Teachers:

The rethinkEd home site provides information about the SEL program. Here, you will discover how rethinkEd works and how it is used in the classroom.

For Students and Parents

The above resources all come from RethinkEd. All of our students, teachers, and administrators have access to through Clever. The activities help students and staff recognize their feeling and how to deal with them.

Other Resources to Consider:

Both of the above websites give parents information and advice on how to teach their children how to navigate SEL.