What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP)?

Culturally responsive pedagogy is defined as “teaching that integrates a student’s background knowledge and prior home and community experiences into the curriculum and the teaching and learning experiences that take place in the classroom” (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2013, p. 2).

Why Should I Use CRP?

Schools/learning environments have an obligation to ensure that all learners feel safe, included, and accepting of diversity. Educational institutions and teachers need to use culturally responsive pedagogy to create welcoming classrooms, dispel cultural assumptions, embrace linguistic diversity, and support diverse strategies.

Where Can I Find More About CRP?
  • Inclusive and culturally responsive teaching – Teaching and Learning | University of Saskatchewan. (2019). Usask.ca. https://teaching.usask.ca/strategies/inclusive-and-culturally-responsive-teaching.php#Whoneedsinclusiveteachingpractices
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflection Guide. (2019). New America. https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/policy-papers/culturally-responsive-teaching-competencies/
How Can I Begin to Use CRP?

There are 8 competencies that you can develop and reflect on that will help you be a culturally responsive teacher:

Competency 1 – Reflect on One’s Cultural Lens

Competency 2 – Recognize and Redress Bias in the System

Competency 3 – Draw on Students’ Culture to Shape Curriculum and Instruction

Competency 4 – Bring Real-World Issues into the Classroom

Competency 5 – Model High Expectations for All Students

Competency 6 – Promote Respect for Student Differences

Competency 7 – Collaborate with Families and the Local Community

Competency 8 – Communicate in Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Ways

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