The majority of students in U.S. schools are students of color, and the vast majority of educators who teach them are white.
Two of the most common strategies/philosophies guiding how teachers of all races can be better teachers to students of color are “culturally responsive teaching” and “culturally sustaining pedagogy.”
Here are how well-known advocates of each describe them:
In a nutshell, culturally responsive teaching is about helping culturally and linguistically diverse students who have been marginalized in schools build their skill and capacity to do rigorous work. The focus isn’t on motivation but on improving their brainpower and information processing skills.
A few years ago, I introduced CSP as teaching and learning that seeks to perpetuate and foster linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of the democratic project of schooling and as a needed response to demographic and social change. I was building off the foundational work of Gloria Ladson-Billings, work that continues to lead our visions of educational equity. CSP asks us to imagine and enact teaching and learning that forwards multiple ways with language, literacy, and culture against the backdrop of an educational system that continues to be centered largely on White, middle class, monolingual, cis-heteropatriarchal, and abliest norms of achievement.
You might also be interested in A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More, which contains a number of related links, including quite a few on the need for more teachers of color.
This list is a beginning one, and I’ll be adding far more – including suggestions from readers:
‘Culturally Responsive Teaching’: An Interview With Zaretta Hammond is an interview that appeared in my Education Week Teacher column.
Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain is an interview with Zaretta that appeared in Edutopia. Thanks to Akilah Ellison for the tip.
3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive (and it’s not what you think!) is by Zaretta Hammond and appeared at Cult of Pedagogy.
‘It is Long Past Time to Meet the Needs of Students of Color’ is Part One of a series co-hosted by Django and Travis Bristol at my Ed Week Teacher column.
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy ‘Increases Student Engagement & Learning’ is Part Two of that series.
Teachable Moments and Academic Rigor: A Mini-Unit is by Travis Bristol and Claude Goldenberg.
Here are additional posts that are related, though I’m not sure if they specifically fit into either of the earlier two categories:
‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…’: An Interview With Chris Emdin is another recent post at my Ed Week Teacher column.
On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers) appeared in The Huffington Post.
Teachers undo personal biases to help students of color engage is from Colorado Public Radio.
Read This: “Teachers More Likely to Label Black Students as Troublemakers” is by Renee Moore.
Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom is from Edutopia.
10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools is from Everyday Feminism.
Understanding Implicit Bias: What Educators Should Know is from the AFT.
How to Change White Teachers’ Lenses is from Slate.
— Dr. Travis.Bristol (@TJacksonBristol) June 13, 2016
— Django Paris (@django_paris) June 27, 2016
Three teachers in my BPS Workshop on culturally relevant argumentation have posted their unit plans. Check them out: https://t.co/RWoNHwsFCI
— Christopher Martell (@chriscmartell) July 22, 2016
Relationship Building Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management is by Todd Finley.
What Is ‘Culturally Competent’ Teaching? (Videos) is from Ed Week.
Matching Student Resources With Student Experiences is by Jordan Lanfair.
Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom is from NAEYC. I’m adding to the same list.
— Teaching Channel (@TeachingChannel) October 6, 2016
But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy is by Gloria Ladson-Billings.
This is a useful infographic on culturally responsive teaching.
Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain is by Zaretta Hammond.
Working to Build a Multicultural Classroom is from Middleweb.
7 Tips to Implement Culturally Responsive Teaching is geared specifically for ELLs.
Culturally Responsive Classrooms is from Scholastic.
Again, this is just a beginning of a list, and I will be adding more. I look forward to your suggestions!