As classrooms become more diverse, there is greater need for teaching approaches that engender success for each student, especially those that have been traditionally marginalized. We know that traditional school and classroom structures have not always been nurturing for minoritized students; educational research highlights the benefits of culturally relevant and responsive pedagogies in boosting student engagement and ensuring equity of outcomes for each student. Culturally relevant practices seek to challenge deficit views and encourage teachers to hold high expectations for students, build cross cultural understanding and develop socio and political consciousness in order to effect societal change (Ladson Billings, 1994). Additionally, culturally responsive pedagogy acknowledges students’ cultural uniqueness and uses it to create and facilitate effective conditions for learning (Gay, 2000; Villegas and Lucas; 2002; Brown-Jeffy & Cooper, 2011).
Culturally responsive educators share a mindset - a particular set of dispositions and skills that enables them to effectively support students in diverse settings (Capacity Building Series K-12). These are identified by Villegas and Lucas (2002): socio-cultural consciousness; high expectations for all students; desire to make a difference; constructivist approach; deep knowledge of students; and culturally responsive teaching practices. Culturally responsive pedagogy also includes adopting an ethic of critical care, using diverse texts, democratizing learning spaces and activities, empowering learners to confront and challenge social injustice, and adopting an asset-based, growth mindset about students’ abilities. CRP also encourages us to centre students’ experiences and identities in our curriculum and instructional design. These texts and the introductory activities aim to have us reflect intensively on our classroom practices – text selection as well as instructional and assessment practices-as we seek to embed CRP in our teaching.
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Developing Culturally Responsive Practices
Culturally Responsive Texts
Peel CRP English Professional Development Resources
Where Did English Come From? by Robert Eaglestone.
Preparing Culturally Responsive Teachers by Villegas and Lucas.
That's Just Good Teaching by G. Ladson-Billings
Reading and Analyzing Non Fiction RAN Inquiry Chart
Except from The Hate You Give by A. Thomas
Literacies Programs by Freebody and Luke
Critical Discourse Primer by McGregor
Diasporic Literature Theory: Where now? Ed. M. Shackleton
Add a voice to the CRP collection!
- Ensure your chosen text meets the criteria.
3. Complete a blank CRP text template for your novel.
4. Review other text templates located to the right of the title on each page heading as guides and exemplars.
4. Send your completed CRP text template to firstname.lastname@example.org for feedback.
Empowering our Students
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