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Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom

Click here for Equity and Diversity resources from ACPS including links to Artist in Residence programs.


Click here for The Responsive Classroom, an approach to elementary teaching.

Responsive Classroom emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. The goal is to enable optimal student learning. Created by classroom teachers and backed by evidence from independent research, the Responsive Classroom approach is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. The approach therefore consists of classroom and schoolwide practices for deliberately helping children build academic and social-emotional competencies.


For an enlightening Ken Pransky article click here.


A great resource book by Ken Pransky is Beneath the Surface, The Hidden Realities of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young Learners.  See Maggie if you'd like to look at it and get ideas.

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An important book for work with your team or on your own is How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You--Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies, by Bonnie M. Davis.

See Maggie to find a copy. SchoolCenter Picture

 Another resource is Culturally Responsive Teaching click here for another link to her site about using technology.

Gay (2000) defines culturally responsive teaching as using the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles of diverse students to make learning more appropriate and effective for them; it teaches to and through the strengths of these students.

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