Cultural Responsiveness, Relationships and Rigor: A Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Book Study

July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17
3-5 p.m.
Tech Valley High School

$180 (includes book) or $150 (does not include book)

10 hours CTLE

Facilitator: Mike Pipa, CASDA Educational Consultant

Following a year of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to continue to address systemic racism at the structural level and integrate culturally responsive practices into classrooms is abundantly clear. If students are to accelerate their learning following the pandemic, responsive, authentic relationships must be at the heart of classroom practice. This book study will provide clear strategies to achieve this along with thoughtful reflection in a safe space with colleagues. 


Dr. Zaretta Hammond’s book Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students provides a robust framework for understanding how traditional (white-normed) schooling practices oppress and alienate Black and Brown students, the relationship between neuroscience, culture and its impact on learning and the importance of building a “learning alliance” to engage each student. Dr. Hammond’s work will challenge educators to reflect on their previous assumptions and practices and offer concepts and strategies to build more supportive relationships with students to support rigorous academic work and growth. 


If registering for the series plus the book: 

Once participants register, CASDA will order a book and have it shipped to the address provided in your My Learning Plan account. Please make sure that your information is current and accurate. 

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