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TOWARD CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING:
USING CRITICAL RACE THEORY TO ESTABLISH CULTURAL RELEVANCE BETWEEN TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IN THE RACIALLY COMPLEX CLASSROOM

Whether the result of gentrification, migration, immigration, busing, or charter school enrollment, veteran teachers are witnessing racial demographic shifts that outpace shifts in their teaching practices and the mindsets which underpin them. Throughout the nation and especially in the Portland area, educators’ inability to reach and teach racially transforming student populations is resulting in harmful achievement results for both students and educators of color. These achievement disparities are far from neutral in both cause and effect, rather they are rooted in race and institutional racism. If educators are to achieve for ALL students what first called us to this noble profession, we must adapt. How can we refashion our learning and teaching philosophies and practices to ensure cultural relevance and scholastic excellence for the increasingly diverse student populations we currently serve? This two-day seminar will inform your personal response by 1) applying the Courageous Conversation About Race protocol to exert the four crucial elements in culturally relevant teaching, and 2) using critical race theory to steer progress toward effective teaching practices and mindset. (Prerequisite: Completion of Beyond Diversity™)

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