Unit 3: Integrating Culturally Inclusive and Responsive Practices

What are Culturally Inclusive and Responsive Practices?

According to UNESCO, cultural inclusion promotes laws and policies that ensure cultural participation, access, and the right to express and interpret culture. From an urban policy perspective, cultural inclusion calls to mixing the best problem-solving, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial practices.

The following video suggests ways for teachers to be more culturally inclusive.

Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning. (Ladson-Billings, G., 1994)

The following video is a brief course in becoming a culturally responsive teacher.

What strategies will you take from these videos? What will you incorporate into your daily practice to create a more culturally inclusive and responsive classroom environment? How can you change the way you decorate your classroom to be more culturally inclusive?

Take 5 minutes to write down a few specific strategies that you will use as you work towards creating a safe and healthy classroom environment that respects cultural diversity.

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References

Ladson-Billings, G. (1994). The dreamkeepers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishing Co. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/urban-development/migrants-inclusion-in-cities/good-practices/cultural-inclusion/