What Our Teachers are Learning

What Our Teachers are Learning
Posted on 10/28/2019
During Wednesday’s staff meeting, our teachers continued to dive deep into our work on cultural competency. We engaged in a discussion based on a chapter from Zaretta Hammond’s book “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain” about rigor and independent learning. Teachers reflected upon how their practices mirror or do not mirror a framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT).

CRT includes several key components: awareness, learning partnerships, information processing, and creating a community of learners. It is aimed at addressing the achievement gap. Our teachers demonstrated thoughtfulness and vulnerability in their learning. There is a desire to examine or “reimagine” student-teacher relationships, incorporate culturally-relevant materials, build student voice and agency, confront bias, and bring in authentic opportunities—just to name a few. This is not a quick professional development session but one that we have planned for the year and beyond. CRT will make us better teachers, colleagues, and learners.
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