This interactive edWebinar looks at the big picture in what we teach so that it matches who we teach and is inclusive, responsive, and sustaining for our dynamically diverse student populations. It highlights the urgency to put just as much emphasis on students and their families’ home and community languages and cultures to honor and promote their identities, self-value and worth, and current and future contributions so they can flourish in school and their lives. Our interactive approach engages participants in using practices that reinforce mutual trust, value and competence in online, in-person, and hybrid settings.
Participants will collaboratively explore research perspectives and K-12, higher education, service learning, and community examples to be able to:
- Draw from a research-based perspective in seeing the urgent need to move away from a teaching approach that uses an overfocus on academic language
- Become more aware of the central tenets of culturally responsive teaching that infuse sociocultural consciousness and caring for students into all that we do
- Practice using tools to create a balanced approach in which students’ home languages and cultures are seen as foundational for learning and where students’ interactions and contributions, and lots of them, are key for successful learning
This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.