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Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Guide for Urban Educators

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Other Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Adults

This collection is designed to help teachers build their practice in terms of culturally responsive teaching and global competency.  The resources in this collection can be used to lead a professional learning series on this instructional framework and/or the instructional try-its can be used to embed culturally responsive teaching into practice.   As suggested in the Powerpoint template, a series on this topic could consist of six 35-minute sessions that occur on a weekly basis.   Included are five Instructional Try-Its that teachers can use to expand the number of weeks dedicated to this learning series and/or implement in their classrooms as part of their action plan. 

Additional uses for this collection include 1) examining the global competency framework developed by the Asia Society and the role that thinking plays in learning and instruction, 2) exploring the social action approach of culturally responsive teaching (which matches almost exactly with the “take action” piece of the global competency framework) and 3) asking questions in order to understand the students’ lives and world views. Through the Instructional Try-Its, teachers can develop approaches and understandings that will help them empower their students as they learn to challenge the power structures that create inequities in access to power. 

Note for users: To find detailed information on applicability and use of each thinking routine included in the collection, be sure to click on the "Additional Resources" tab.

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The Culturally Responsive Teacher

Ana Maria Villegas and Tamara Lucas

Instructional Try-It #1

Maria Fernanda Garcia

Beauty and Truth: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Fugees Academy Soccer Team Soccer Ball

National Museum of American History

Fugees Academy Soccer Team Cleats

National Museum of American History

U.S. National Team Soccer Jersey, worn by Mia Hamm

National Museum of American History

Instructional Try-It #2

Maria Fernanda Garcia

Fourth issue of Transworld Skateboarding magazine

National Museum of American History

The Canary Bird

National Museum of American History

The Things That Are Caesar's

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Nadir Shah of Iran

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Instructional Try-It #3

Maria Fernanda Garcia

The 3Ys: Project Zero Global Competency Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Placard worn during the Millions March NYC protest on December 13, 2014

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Signed digital print of Colin Kaepernick kneeling during national anthem

National Museum of African American History and Culture

button, Equal Rights Are Not Special Rights

National Museum of American History

Pinback button stating "Black Lives Matter Everyday", from MMM 20th Anniversary

National Museum of African American History and Culture

America's Changing Colors

National Portrait Gallery

T-shirt with an illustration of Eric Garner

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Poster stating "Recycle Our Wealth" used at Million Man March 20th Anniversary

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Pinback button for a college Black Student Union

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Instructional Try-It #4

Maria Fernanda Garcia

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Adiós Espalda Mojada

National Museum of American History

Where Angels Fear to Tread IV

National Museum of African Art

Kenneth Koch

National Portrait Gallery

Untitled (Six Blue Spirit Forms)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Gift

National Portrait Gallery

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Mountain Top

National Portrait Gallery

Instructional Try-It #5

Maria Fernanda Garcia

The Seniors Project (26)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Hip Hop Project (25)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Hispanic Project (18)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Eleven A.M.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Black Love Matters: Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

What Makes You Say That?: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access