Capstone Project Title
Courage Under Fire: Culturally Responsive Teaching In A Divisive Time
Betsy Parrish and Laura Halldin
Letitia Basford and Joe Lewis
This capstone addresses the question: How can educators create culturally responsive and sustaining classrooms and curriculum that best reflect students while navigating the rapidly changing public perception of cultural relevance in the classroom? Based on one educator’s experience with a public reaction to culturally responsive practices in their classroom, the project seeks to examine the work being done in classrooms to help students examine and honor the culture they experience every day through education. Included in the project is a literature review addressing the history and progression of culturally responsive teaching, the impacts of culturally responsive pedagogies in the classroom, and the current climate around culture in schools. Also included is a professional development seminar designed for current and future teachers. The professional development examines the experience of the aforementioned teacher through the framework of transformative learning, drawing on the personal experience of the aforementioned educator’s journey through and reflection on their own values in teaching.The professional development is designed to help teachers examine their practices and consider their purpose in the face of increasing opposition to culturally responsive work in the classroom.
culturally responsive teaching, culturally relevant teaching, culturally sustaining pedagogy, transformative learning, critical care, LGBTQ, BIPOC, culture wars, culture, diversity, equity, inclusion, professional development, workshop, Ladson-Billings, Gay, Hammond, Paris, Alim, Mezirow
Perucco, Colin, "Courage Under Fire: Culturally Responsive Teaching In A Divisive Time" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 882.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects