Wendy Nelson-Kauffman on Culturally Responsive Teaching

A culturally responsive teacher does the following:

  • Acknowledges and legitimizes different cultural heritages
  • Connects meaning between home and school experiences
  • Teaches students to understand and appreciate their own heritage.
  • Incorporates multicultural knowledge, resources, and materials in all subjects.
  • Critically examines own attitudes and assumptions
  • Changes the course of students’ lives by providing active, persistent, and positive interventions.
  • Builds trusting relationships
  • Mentors and advocates for students
  • Transmits academic knowledge and skills


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