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Thursday, August 3 • 9:00am - 11:15am
Toward a Culturally Responsive Classroom Get there Early

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Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) — also known as culturally relevant or culturally proficient education, and now considered one of AUSTIN ISD's "Six Cs" or power skills. But what the heck is it? CRE is a thoroughly researched and well-tested pedagogy that has started to gain traction in discussions and planning around school reform, and educational equity. New research shows how CRE affects the brain and enhances students' very ability to learn. This session aims to demystify culturally responsive pedagogy, providing concrete steps toward implementing best practices.

We will start with a brief history of inequity in Austin, particularly as it applies to education, move into "why" of CRE, vis-a-vis some introductory neuroscience, and then shift to strategies for building our teaching practice toward being culturally responsive educators. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of CRE and an assortment of resources for reinforcement (articles, books, and *human* resources right here in AISD).

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Kermit O

6th Grade Science Teacher, Mendez Middle School
My professional focus is on educational equity, tech integration, blended learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am CDT
JBWS 265
  Whole Child