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Culturally Responsive Literacy: Identifying Three Types of Text

Students thrive as readers and learners when they are able to see themselves in and learn about others through a variety of text across culture and language.

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Six Effective Speaking Strategies for English Learners in Virtual Instruction

Educators are working hard to reach and teach English Learners in virtual instruction. It proves to be a difficult task when English Learners are learning content and language simultaneously. How can educators meet their needs virtually? This webinar focuses on providing interactive speaking strategies that will provide an avenue for students to practice language during virtual instruction.

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6 Ways to Know You are Culturally Responsive

The world of education is buzzing with talk of being more culturally responsive, but how do you know if you are being culturally responsive?

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Strategies for Supporting Language Learners in Remote Teaching Environments

Roadblocks like language barriers and vocabulary knowledge can make teaching even more challenging in a virtual environment.

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Lift Every Learner towards a Life of Achievement

In this inspirational keynote, Dr. Almitra Berry, author of Effecting Change for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, shares her story and why it is critical to reach and teach every learner with a lens toward equity.

In this keynote, Dr. Berry will:

  • Share her lived experience, beginning with her early childhood as a learner of color and trauma and the role teachers good and bad played in her educational journey
  • Deconstruct the trauma served to learners through implicit bias
  • Connect the dots between intentionality and actuality when it comes to teaching and learning
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Five Steps to Equity

In this motivating keynote, Dr. Almitra Berry, author of Effecting Change for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, prepares educators for traveling down the metaphorical Road to CARTI. It’s a journey through the five steps of her culturally appropriate response to instruction (CARTI) framework.

In this keynote, Dr. Berry will:

  • Share her motivation for writing Effecting Change
  • Outline the journey, describing why the framework must be taken as a sequential whole
  • Explain the key role of mindset and cultural connectedness in creating a culture of equity
  • Discuss the need to drive in both the lanes of school structure and culture in order to create a school built on equity for learners of cultural and linguistic diversity
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Journey to Responsiveness

  • Defines concretely what is cultural responsiveness and why it is necessary in our schools today.
  • Builds knowledge and creates the context for addressing the needs of underserved students in terms of their sociopolitical and sociolinguistic relativity in the American educational system
  • Promotes the focus on effective instructional strategies utilization in a way that validates and affirms underserved students across content areas and grade levels
  • Keynote presentations and webinars are facilitated in partnership with Dr. Sharroky Hollie
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Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Classroom Practices

  • Introduces culturally responsive teaching and explains why it is necessary in our schools today
  • Places emphasis on the skillset of CLR with a focus on the use of culturally responsive classroom management strategies and culturally responsive texts to validate, affirm, build and bridge students across all content areas and grade levels
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Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning

Provide teachers with concrete strategies to support instruction for students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Incorporate the tools and tips in this resource into daily instruction to educate students of diverse backgrounds.

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Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (Second Edition)

This invaluable resource provides novice and experienced educators with a pedagogical framework for implementing culturally and linguistically responsive strategies in today's diverse classrooms.

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What are the core components of culturally responsive teaching?

Culturally responsive pedagogy is comprised of four primary components:

  1. The Gatekeepers of Success
    These areas are key to student academic success - regardless of students' culture or race, they will not succeed in school without proficiency or mastery in these areas.

  2. Methodology Continuum
    Instructional methodologies (traditional, responsive, and culturally responsive) fall along a continuum - all instruction must fall along this continuum to be considered culturally responsive teaching (i.e. validating and affirming of students' cultures and linguistic backgrounds).

  3. CLR Categories and Activities: The Formula for Student Success
    The CLR formula of success is Quantity (using many CLR activities frequently) + Quality (the activities are implemented with intention and accuracy) + Strategy (knowing when to use certain activities and for what purpose). Using this formula and associated CLR activities results in increased student engagement and better student outcomes.

  4. Re-imaging the Learning Environment
    Teachers must De-Blumenbach (e.g. use racially representative images), De-commercialize (e.g. use student artwork), and De-superficialize (e.g. add historical and visual representations of students’ cultures and home language) their classroom walls to provide an authentically responsive classroom environment.

To implement culturally responsive teaching in the classroom successfully, educators must not only shift their mindset but build new skillsets to ensure they can talk to, relate to, and teach students equitably and without bias. Fortunately, culturally relevant teaching is possible with the Teacher Created Materials / Shell Education professional resources found above.

How can educators integrate culturally and linguistically responsive teaching strategies into their classrooms successfully?

Examples of effective culturally responsive teaching strategies include but are not limited to:

  • Using Call and Response Stop on a Dime attention signals for classroom management
  • Using a personal thesaurus to build and expand student academic vocabulary based on home language vocabulary (i.e. synonym development)
  • Reading culturally responsive supplemental resources to add a culturally relevant perspective to standards-based curriculum and texts
  • Incorporating interactive read aloud strategies to build engagement with the text and support reading proficiency

You can discover more CLR strategies and how to implement them successfully by reading our blog and the Shell Education resources available in the product boxes above, including Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success and Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning by Dr. Sharroky Hollie.

Dr. Sharroky Hollie is the Executive Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing stellar professional development for educators desiring to become culturally responsive or improve their cultural responsiveness. In addition to these endeavors, he and two colleagues founded the Culture and Language Academy of Success and he has contributed a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of African American Language (2015).