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

Cost: $60 (includes cost of book)
6  hours CTLE credit

Facilitator: Mike Pipa, CASDA
This program will be accessed via your computer.

Session Dates: 

1. July 29, 2020 - 3:30-5:30

2. August 5, 2020 - 3:30-4:30

3. August 12, 2020 - 3:30-4:30

4. August 19, 2020 -  3:30-4:30

5. August 26, 2020 - 3:30-4:30

While much remains uncertain in public education, the urgent need to address systemic racism at the structural level and integrate culturally responsive practices into classrooms is abundantly clear. 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 offers concepts and strategies to build more supportive relationships with students to support rigorous academic work.  


This five session book study will explore Dr. Hammond’s text and the “Ready for Rigor” framework, provide space for dialog and reflection and offer supplemental resources to help participants further engage with culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching literature. The first session will include a presentation by Alicia Holt of Common Thread Consulting to ground the study in the wider context of anti-racist teaching, principles and practices and share further insight into the research supporitng Dr. Hammond’s work.


Following registration, CASDA will provide the text in e-book format. 

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