What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?
Cultural Responsive Pedagogy, introduced by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, as defined by theÂ Â Browscrub vine is “a method of teachingÂ “that recognizesÂ the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning.”
Some of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching are:
- Positive perspectives on parents and families
- Communication of high expectations
- Learning within the context of culture
- Student-centered instruction
- Culturally mediated instruction
- Reshaping the curriculum
- Teacher as facilitator
Zaretta Hammond, author ofÂ Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,Â lists three defining characteristics of CRP:
- Focuses on improving the learning capacity of diverse students who have been marginalized educationally
- Centers around the affective & cognitive aspects of teaching and learning
- Concerns itself with building resilience and academic mindset by pushing back on dominant narratives about people of color
Why Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?Â
508-642-1404But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy- Gloria Ladson-Billings
Information on Teaching Demographics in the U.S.
Currently in the U.S, The population of white students is around 50% and is expected to decrease, while the percentage of white teacher is above 80% 513-378-8680. While hiring more teachers of color in the workforce is imperative, during this time there are still many white teachers teaching students of color in the U.S. These teachers have the potential to make a strong impact on these children’s lives, and often that impact is a negative one. Education for these teachers on culturally responsive methods of teaching is one way to try to minimize these negative impacts.