Recommended Professional Development Sequence
Foundation Day One: A focus on Culture and the Instructional Benefits
Benefits (Full Day or Half Day Available Upon Request)
• 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.
Foundation Day Two: A Focus on Language and the Instructional Benefits
(Full Day or Half Day Available Upon Request)
• Explains what is an unaccepted language and why it is important for schools to recognize these languages in a meaningful way through instruction.
• Provides an overview of non-standard linguistic features (rules) and classroom contexts to build upon instructionally in the academic writing.
• Provides a sample of take-away activities for classroom use the very next day.
Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Workshop (3 hours)
In order to have a positive classroom management system, teachers have to separate out cultural behaviors from disruptive behaviors. In many cases, the two are confused due to biases, misperceptions, and miscommunications. This workshop works participants through a process of reflecting upon their unconscious biases, learning about cultural behaviors according to research and practicing management strategies for building on the cultural behaviors.
Culturally Responsive Academic Vocabulary Workshop (3 hours)
This workshop shows classroom teachers how to build academic vocabulary while validating and affirming the cultural vocabularies that the students bring to school. There is a focus on strategies in the areas of synonym development, context clues and demonstrating the purpose and use of slang as it applies to youth culture. The workshop introduces the CLR academic tools: personal thesaurus and personal dictionary.
Culturally Responsive Academic Literacy Workshop (3 hours)
This workshop delves into the use of culturally responsive text by focusing and modeling effective literacy strategies for the purposes of teaching the Common Core Standards. Teachers will also build their knowledge in what is a culturally authentic text and what is not, will learn why use of effective strategies made culturally responsive can benefit students more so than traditional activities, and will learn applications for use with content area textbooks. Variations of this workshop include focus on reading comprehension for 4-12 grade students and developing oral literacy skills in the primary grades.
Culturally Responsive Academic Language Workshop (3 hours)
The concept of situational appropriateness is validating and affirming because it gives credibility to home language and culture while at the same time teaching the expectations of Standard English language and mainstream cultural behaviors. This workshop will provide specific strategies for teaching students situational appropriateness in language and behavior with a particular focus on writing and academic language.