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Culturally Responsive Teaching Checklist


Top 10 Culturally Responsive Teaching Checklist

Today’s Bite-Sized PD for Educational Equity was inspired by:

Exploring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Teachers’ Perspectives on Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms | Amy Samuels | South Regional Association of Teacher Educators 

This short article is full of great insights, strategies, and reflections about the practicality of implementing culturally responsive teaching practices into one’s classroom. If you have time, I strongly suggest you read this nine-page article. If not, keep reading. 

Top 10 Benefits of Culturally Responsive Teaching

  1. Stronger teacher-student relationships
  2. Stronger student-student relationships
  3. Greater understanding across cultures
  4. Greater cultural competence among teachers and students
  5. More inclusive world-views developed among students
  6. Safer classroom culture for students to take risks
  7. Increased esteem for self and others.
  8. Positions teachers and students as co-learners and co-facilitators of learning.
  9. Increased student engagement and academic outcomes
  10. Exposure to different world views and perspectives concerning systemic inequality 

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Top 5 Challenges of Culturally Responsive Teaching

  1. Lack of comfortability with facilitating discussions about controversial topics (e.g., Black Lives Matters)
  2. Religious beliefs or personal values that conflict with student identities, family values, etc. (e.g., LGBTQ students and families).
  3. Unwillingness or inability to reflect on one’s own biases, prejudices, and privileges.
  4. Confusion about the difference between treating students equally versus equitably.
  5. Lack of time and resources to acquire and implement culturally responsive teaching strategies.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Checklist

Culturally Responsive Teaching Checklist

  • Root classroom dialogue at the intersection of student identities, the current socio-political context (e.g., race, class, gender), and systemic inequality.
  • Establish classroom norms to ensure that multiple perspectives/voices are represented in all classroom discussions and activities.
  • Operate as the facilitator of student-led discourse and learning activities.
  • Develop a culture of risk-taking among students through team building activities and scaffolding.
  • Commit to addressing, through education, any and all incidents of racism, prejudice, and disrespect to establish an environment of trust and respect.
  • Diversify student groupings to ensure multiple perspectives are represented.
  • Create opportunities for students to choose how to demonstrate their learning.
  • Determine students’ prior understanding of content ahead of lesson planning through surveys, 1:1 check-ins, etc. to ensure that how and what you teach reflects who you teach.
  • Conduct an audit of all classroom materials to make sure they are inclusive of all students.
  • Integrate the representation of marginalized groups throughout the year versus only during calendar celebration months (e.g., Hispanic Heritage Month).

As such, a change in basic assumptions is necessary to highlight cultural responsiveness as an educational asset, as well as cultural identity and integrity as something to be fostered positively and embraced.

~Amy Samuels

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