Capstone Project Title
Shelley Orr and Kari Ross
Culturally responsive teaching (CRT) is a well renowned approach to teaching that connects students’ cultures, languages, and personal experiences to the curriculum they learn in school. CRT helps students access higher level learning while also promoting increased student achievement, a positive classroom environment, meaningful teacher-student relationships, and impactful connections with communities and families. All teachers can benefit from using CRT in their classrooms, yet English Language Arts (ELA) teachers have unique opportunities to use students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds to shape their reading and writing instruction. Despite being widely praised, culturally responsive teaching is not often the focus of professional development (PD) workshops. Both current and future teachers have an obligation to learn about CRT, understand its impact on the overall student experience, and determine ways to implement CRT strategies in the classroom. Professional development opportunities exclusively devoted to culturally responsive teaching are an excellent way to achieve this end. Districts need to invest their time, money, and community resources to give teachers more worthwhile PD workshops tailored to culturally responsive teaching. It’s important to design these types of PD’s intentionally so that they deliver engaging and relevant content, offer immersive, hands-on work/experiences, and supply its participants with useful strategies and/or resources that are applicable to everyday teaching.
Community Building, Multicultural Education, Reflective Practice, Teachers/ Teaching
Niederkorn, Austin, "Employing Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in English Language Arts Classrooms" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 847.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects