Culturally Responsive Teaching in the ELA Classroom

60 Minutes

As ELA educators, we envision a classroom where students can connect with texts, share their ideas and experiences with their peers, and actively engage with their lesson activities. Research shows that this level of engagement is dependent upon students feeling included, validated, valued, and safe. This is why relevancy matters in the ELA classroom. Culturally responsive teaching leverages the experience and strengths of your diverse student population to make lessons more relevant and improve educational outcomes.

In this edWebinar, you will learn strategies for:

  • Creating a learning environment that affirms students
  • Selecting culturally responsive curricular content
  • Incorporating best practices for a more relevant classroom

This edWebinar will be of interest to middle and high school teachers and school and district leaders.

About the Presenter

Tyrone C. Howard is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Dr. Howard is also the inaugural director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which is a transdisciplinary consortium of experts who examine academic, mental health, and social-emotional experiences and challenges for California’s most vulnerable youth populations. He is also the director of the UCLA Transformation of Schools which serves as a thought partner for districts, counties, and states to pursue whole child, whole community approaches to school systems improvement. Professor Howard has published over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race & Culture Matters in Schoolsand Black Male(d): Peril and promise in the education of African American males. His two most recent books, No More Teaching Without Positive Relationships and All Students Must Thrive: Transforming Schools To Combat Toxic Stressors And Cultivate Critical Wellness, have become must-reads for all educators. Dr. Howard is considered one of the premier experts on educational equity and access in the country. Dr. Howard is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, which is an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers dedicated to examining the nexus of race, class, and gender of school-age youth. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, California, Dr. Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the campus’s highest honor for teaching excellence, and was named an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow in 2017 for his exemplary research on race and equity. During the last five years, Dr. Howard has been listed by Education Week as one of the 30 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice, and reform.