Culturally Responsive Education: Addressing Diversity in Our Classrooms

Each year, American classrooms are becoming more culturally diverse. In 2002, Hispanic, Black, Asian, and American Indian students made up approximately 40 percent of public school enrollees. In 2011, that proportion had increased to 48 percent. In addition to race/ethnicity, the student population shows diversity in culture, gender, language, class, socio-economic status, and ability.

However, student diversity is not the issue; rather, the problem lies in educators’ responses to demographic changes in the student population. A racial “mix-match” sometimes exists between students of color and their teachers who are predominantly White and live outside of the school community. The way that teachers interact with their students and overall teacher satisfaction are related to the socio-demographic composition and the organizational climate of the school.

This webinar will focus on the concept of culturally responsive education. In addition to exploring the impact of a diverse student population on school achievement, we will suggest ways in which teachers can engage their students in meaningful learning experiences. Dr. Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke and Dr. Penelope Lattimer from Rutgers University will discuss research findings focused on cultural responsiveness, equitable education, and teacher effectiveness. They will also share insights into professional development designed to help teachers develop culturally responsive and equitable education.
What are the goals of this webinar?

Learn what the research says about effective ways to promote culturally responsive education

  • Discuss ways to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of all learners
  • Explore effective pedagogical practices that create an equitable classroom
  • Consider how culturally responsive practices can increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement

Thursday, June 18, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET
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