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Culturally Responsive Instruction and Leadership – Web-based Technical Assistance Package

Culturally Responsive Instruction and Leadership

To educate our growing diverse student population, educators must foster learning environments that are inclusive of students from dramatically different backgrounds from themselves and fellow students. Gaps in cultural understanding have the effect of widening disparities in academic performance of students among different groups.

This IDRA EAC-South‘s Culturally Responsive Instruction and Leadership Web-based Technical Assistance Package is designed to provide educators tools for embracing what, for many, is a new vision for engaging with families and community members.

This web-based package includes a literature review, culturally responsive practices framework, articles, podcasts and other resources.

The IDRA EAC-South provides technical assistance and training to schools that request services to increase equity and effectively serve diverse students and families.
To ask about the availability of services for your school or school district, complete an intake form.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Developing Black Student Identity through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy – Literature Review

This literature review by Dr. Paula Johnson, director of the IDRA EAC-South, proposes the employment of an interdisciplinary paradigm that centers the development of students’ academic identity through culturally responsive pedagogy that specifically targets and disrupts biases in the classroom concerning the education of Black youth. Ladson-Billings (1995) sought to transform an educational system designed to teach students the necessary skills required to succeed in mainstream society. She studied models of instruction that included observations of students in their home environment.


Culturally Responsive Practices in Four Critical Levels

The IDRA EAC-South frames current research around culturally responsive education into four quadrants that represent practices at the following critical levels: (1) culturally responsive schools, (2) culturally responsive leadership, (3) culturally responsive educators, and (4) culturally responsive pedagogy. These four leverage points represent components of the educational ecosystem that can be transformed by culturally responsive practices to better serve marginalized students of color.

See Four Critical Levels Overview

See Four Critical Levels Indicators and Evidence

See Four Critical Levels High Level View