Measuring Gaps in Culturally Relevant Teaching: Strategies for Diverse Schools
Participants will learn that we don’t need to look like our students to be successful with our students, but we must with purpose and process engage in learning who our students really are, including; their customs, traditions and respect of their language. In this session participants will learn how educators are using a Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) framework to “calibrate” their schools definition of CRT while at the same time using data to drive their decisions and discussions of what teachers “value” about culture and diversity, and learning more about the “frequency” by which those values are enacted in classrooms. Participants will learn strategies that schools are using to build real and relevant relationships with diverse students. Additionally, participants will learn about the various data tools and protocols educators are using to measure and discuss the culturally responsive teaching “gaps” that exist in their schools.
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Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D. is an educational leader and school psychologist. He has an eared doctorate degree in Educational Psychology. Dr. Lopez has been an English teacher, reading teacher, AVID teacher, and curriculum administrator in the Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Lopez’s scholarship and research focuses on ways in which schools are influenced by culturally responsive teaching and community-school relationships. He has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with several large urban school districts. He is an elected school board member for Illinois School District 73 and consults with schools and districts across the country.