Reflecting on Culturally Responsive Teaching During Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2018 to October 15, 2018 is Hispanic Heritage Month, which asks communities, workplaces, and schools to reflect on the rich history and tradition of Hispanic Americans.

In the classroom, it can be challenging to find the right way to address observances like these, but it’s important to do so in a way that carries meaning, goes beyond surface-level facts and figures, and teaches students to genuinely respect and learn about cultures that are different than their own.

One way to do this is through culturally responsive teaching — the approach that respects and reflects students’ cultures as part of the learning experience — and it does not need to be difficult. In fact, it begins with the strengths of all great teachers: a willingness to learn, try again, embrace humility, and view the world from multiple perspectives.

So, for Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite you to learn with us by exploring some resources for culturally responsive teaching and learning. There are so many strategies in development by educators and researchers, below are just a few. If we missed any that you feel passionately about, please share them in the comments!

Website: The Edutopia Archive

If you haven’t already explored Edutopia’s collection of resources on culturally responsive teaching and learning, we strongly recommend it. You’ll find research-based strategies and plenty of conversations about equity.

Podcast: Cult of Pedagogy Interview

Jennifer Gonzales, of the stellar education blog, Cult of Pedagogy, sat down for an interview with culturally responsive teaching expert Zaretta Hammond. You can catch the recorded interview in the blog podcast, where the two educators discuss the effectiveness of various culturally responsive teaching practices, and common misconceptions in the field.

Book: “Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice”

If you’re looking for more extensive reading than a blog or other online resources, check out this book from Geneva Gay, Professor of Education at the University of Washington. She specializes in multicultural education, and is widely recognized in her field.

Book: “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain”

Zaretta Hammond is an educator, author, and blogger. Her book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain has recently gained popularity among educators for its accessible nature, plethora of practical strategies, and basis in neuroscience. You can also check out her blog, crtandthebrain.com.

Research: Curated by Our Applied Learning Sciences Team

Our Applied Learning Sciences team is continually conducting research reviews and they pay close attention to developments and findings in culturally responsive teaching. Here are some resources they have been reading lately: