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Journey To Responsiveness: Foundation Day 1

Focus on Culture - Transitioning from Courageous Conversations to Courageous Instruction

  • Defines concretely what is culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and why it is necessary in our failing schools today.
  • Builds knowledge and create the context for addressing the needs of underserved students in terms of their sociopolitical and sociolinguistic relativity in the American educational system.
  • Promotes the focus on effective instructional strategies utilization in way that validates and affirms underserved students across content areas and grade levels


Journey To Responsiveness: Foundation Day 2

Focus on Language - Transitioning from Courageous Conversations to Courageous Instruction

  • Explains what is an unaccepted language and why it is important for schools to recognize these languages in a meaningful way
  • Provides linguistic features and classroom contexts to build upon instructionally in the focus areas of vocabulary, literacy, and language
  • Provides a sample of take-away activities for classroom use the very next day


Journey to Responsiveness: Foundation Day 3

Responsive Academic Vocabulary Workshop

This workshop shows classroom teachers how to build academic vocabulary while validating and affirming the cultural vocabularies that the students bring. There is a focus on strategies in the areas of synonym development, context clues, the purpose of slang, and written development. It introduces our academic tools: personal thesaurus and personal dictionary

Journey to Responsiveness: Foundation Day 3

Culturally Responsive Classroom Management -  Increase Student Engagement, Affirm Cultural Behaviors, Decrease Disruptions and Distractions

In order to have a positive classroom management system, teachers have to separate out cultural behavior from disruptive behaviors. In many cases, the two are confused due to biases, misperceptions, and miscommunication. This session will work teachers through a process of reflecting upon their biases, learning about cultural behaviors according to research, and practicing strategies for building on the cultural behaviors.

Character development for our youngsters is universal and it can be culturally and youth responsive. Using the principles of MAAT as the foundation and cartoon characters, called the Scribes, this workshop orientates participants to the Righteous program. The program focuses on life skills like order, balance, harmony, and truth to name a few.


Journey Responsiveness: Foundation Day 4

Responsive Academic Literacy Workshop

This workshop delves into the use of culturally responsive literature with effective language and literacy strategies for the purposes of teaching the state standards. Teachers will also build their knowledge in what is appropriate culturally responsive literature and what is not, will learn why use of effective strategies made culturally responsive can benefits student more so than traditional use, and demonstrate applications for use with content area textbooks. Variations of this workshop include focus on reading comprehension for 4-12 grade students and developing oral literacy skills in the primary grades

Journey to Responsiveness: Foundation Day 4

Responsive Academic Language Workshop

The concept of situational appropriateness is validating and affirming because it gives credibility to home language and culture while at the same time teaching the expectations of mainstream language and behavior. This workshop will provide specific strategies for teaching students situational appropriateness in language and behavior.

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