Building the Culturally Responsive Classroom. More than just changing the curriculum and resources!
This workshop will focus on the skills and strategies needed to build learning environments which are responsive to all students. Presenters will share specific examples of changes they’ve made to build and sustain responsive classrooms in both an elementary and secondary setting. Topics to be covered will include:
The power of relationships to leverage instruction and learning
When students want to talk: Navigating difficult conversations around cultural identities, beliefs, and backgrounds.
What would you do???? Scenarios of actual situations from classrooms.
You are a middle school teacher in a primarily white school with some religious diversity (mostly Christian but with some Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu). It is September 11th and the third day of school. Students are still getting used to the routines and norms of their new classroom. You notice some confused faces during the announcements when a moment of silence is held for the victims of 9/11. Several students raise their hands and ask questions about the attacks. A Muslim student in your class is visibly nervous during this conversation. What would you do?
You are an elementary school teacher. One of your students tells you that they want to be referred to using pronouns that differ from their sex assigned at birth. They ask you not to tell their parents. What would you do?
Participants will learn strategies and be provided with specific protocols that can be utilized at all levels.
Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 4:30- 6:00 PM (virtual)