PD Playlist: Culturally Responsive Teaching   

To put it simply, Culturally Responsive Teaching is an approach that uses students’ cultural identifiers such as language, customs, values, and beliefs, to enhance instruction and student learning. The approach embraces cultural diversity as an asset for learning and growth. Research shows that in culturally responsive learning environments, the success and engagement of minority or marginalized students significantly increases compared to classrooms where these learners’ cultural backgrounds are ignored or suppressed. 

To help anyone interested in learning about Culturally Responsive Teaching, TCDC has compiled a “PD Playlist” on this topic. We’ve arranged the resources from “sound bite” to “radio play” to “extended dance mix” to “full LP.” Some options will take just a few minutes of your time while others will require a longer commitment. 

Visit the TCDC site, to view the entire catalogue of PD Playlists. 

January PD Playlist 

Sound Bites <10 minutes  

Linguistic racism can take a high toll on international students (article | 00:04:00)
The article discusses how institutional and individual practices that deny students of their linguistic rights have severe impacts on students’ mental health. 

Five Essential Strategies to Embrace Culturally Responsive Teaching (article | 00:06:00)
The article offers five essential strategies for how educators can make their learning environments more culturally responsive. 

Radio Play<20 minutes

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (summary | 00:10:00)
This monograph emphasizes how crucial it is to acknowledge our students’ multiple social identities and how they intersect with the world. It is designed to spark conversation and support educators as they seek to give life to equity strategies and policies.

Extended Dance Mix <60 minutes

Four Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching (podcast | 00:43:22)
Zaretta Hammond identifies and corrects four common misconceptions teachers have about how to best help our diverse students thrive. 

Full LP >1 hour

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Reflection in Higher Education (book| 00:04:00)
This book explores how postsecondary educators can develop their own cultural awareness and provide inclusive learning environments for all students. It is as an excellent starting point or further enrichment resource to accompany program or institutional diversity and inclusion efforts. 

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