Culturally Responsive Schools

We all learn through our own cultural lens and therefore culture plays a role not in communication, sense-making, and shaping how we learn as an individual and as a group. Culture is an important asset or protective factor for youth.

Schools that acknowledges, responds to and truly integrates fundamental cultures contributes to a cultural safe and equitable environment.

Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings,1994).

Some of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching are:

1. Include families and parents

2. Communicate high expectations

3. Places learning within the context of culture

4. Student-led and centered instruction

5. Cultural bearer input or culturally mediated instruction

6. Adaptations to curriculum

7. Clear tools for teachers to integrate cultural frameworks into the classroom

There are many ways to integrate culture into the classroom, school environment, and into frameworks for trauma informed schools.