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Culturally Responsive PBIS
Transcript of Culturally Responsive PBIS
The Journey of Fieler Elementary School - Merrillville, IN
A little bit about us:
Christine Kerr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Patrick - email@example.com
History of Fieler and PBIS
Becoming a Model Site
Becoming more Culturally Responsive - staff awareness
First Step: Book Club
Established professional book clubs
About one each semester
Book Clubs met every 2-3 weeks
Assigned chapters for each meeting
Had discussion "starters" ready
The conversations really flowed and staff began sharing feelings, and thoughts from the authors
Other Professional Activities
Article Discussions at PD Sessions
Icebreakers about becoming more CR as educators
Meritocracy Walk activity
Google search Iceberg Diversity Activity
Discussions and activities could hit nerves
Titles for Book Clubs
• Managing Diverse Classrooms How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths by Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull
• Understanding Black Male Learning Styles & Black Students Middle Class Teachers by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
• Courageous Conversations About Race by Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis Linton
• Other People's Children Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
• Everyday Antiracism Getting Real About Race in School contributors: Thea Abu El-Haj;Eduardo Bonilla-Silva; Ron Fergueson; Patricia Gandara; Vivian Louie; Sonia Nieto; Pedro A. Noguera; Sanjay Sharma; Christine E. Sleeter; Beverly Daniel Tatum; Angela Valenzuela: and many more...
The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings
Spirit Whisperers by Chick Moorman
Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk
No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning by Abigail & Stephan Thernstrom
Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me by Stephen G. Peters
No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High Performing, High-Poverty Schools by Samuel Casey Carter
What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?
According to scholar Gloria Ladson Billings, Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is:
An approach that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impact knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Author of The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children
How Do Teachers Become More Culturally Responsive?
Teacher self-reflection is an important part of the personal dimension. By honestly examining their attitudes and beliefs about themselves and others, teachers begin to discover why they are who they are, and can confront biases that have influenced their value system (Villegas & Lucas, 2002).
Because teachers’ values impact relationships with students and their families, teachers must reconcile negative feelings towards any cultural, language, or ethnic group. Often teachers are resistant to the notion that their values might reflect prejudices or even racism towards certain groups. When teachers are able to rid themselves of such biases, they help to create an atmosphere of trust and acceptance for students and their families, resulting in greater opportunity for student success.
Summing it Up
It's all about conversations and dialogue