Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Author: Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D.
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Culturally Responsive Classrooms: Affirming Culturally Different Gifted Students Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. multicultural issues Each year, the U.S. Department of Education publishes its comprehensive report The Condition of Education. As I perused this year’s edition, I was reminded of an important reality, one that all education professionals must be mindful of: Our nation and our schools are more racially and, thus, culturally different than ever before. The term culturally different is used instead of culturally diverse because every individual and group has a culture. An unfortunate reality is that those students having the least amount school success are often culturally different from the dominant or mainstream group, which necessitates that educators recognize, affirm, and respond to the differences and associated needs. In this article, I present a summary of our nation’s ever-changing schools, and offer suggestions for educators in their efforts to increase the educational success and experiences of culturally different students.