Why be culturally responsive?
Culturally responsive teaching (CRT) helps create environments, curricula, and instructional methods that validate and reflect the diversity, identities, and experiences of all students. When we do that, we raise the level of academic rigor for all learners. It also sends the message that educators value all students and that multiculturalism is an asset.
How can it benefit my students?
1. Builds cultural competence and strengthens students' ethnic identities
2. Promotes a sense of safety and belonging
3. Helps validate and reflect the diversity, identities, and experiences of all students
4. Maximizes students’ academic achievement by integrating their cultural references in the classroom
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