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We offer professional development sessions, one to one coaching sessions (both virtual and onsite), small group/team coaching sessions, lesson plan templates, instructional coach training, checklists and more. We also we provide a direct mentoring relationship with new teachers and review lesson plans to identify culturally responsive components, and/or to offer suggestions on how to enhance a lesson towards cultural responsiveness. Learn more about our offerings below.

Cultural Responsiveness

Get itemized suggestions, planners, and templates, e.g. observational checklists to assist facilitators towards implementing and assessing the presence of CRT within their school building and individual classrooms.  We also provide tools to incorporate CRT throughout the entire school, i.e., planning cultural appreciation months, collaborating with community partners inside and outside of the school building, etc.

Curriculum Implementation

We provide the following tools to assist teachers in integrating CRT within their content area:

  • Lesson plan templates

  • Sample lesson plans

  • Common Core Standards integration 

  • Cooperative learning techniques

  • Digital lesson plan ideas 

  • Language development (ELL/ESL)

  • Dialectical awareness information

  • Literacy across all content areas

  • Creating social change agents 

  • Textual Analysis tools and ideas 

  • Assessment templates

  • Data Disaggregation 

  • Infusing popular culture with learning content

Classroom Management Techniques

We also provide assistance and tools in the area of classroom management.  CRT involves reshaping and shifting the traditional authoritative style of teaching and learning.  Students are the focal point and are co-constructors of their own environments.  We provide teachers with suggestions and ideas in the following areas:

  • Seating arrangements 

  • Student leaders and officers in the classroom

  • Parental involvement

  • Community collaboration projects

  • Fostering collective empowerment

  • Cultural fluidity and pluralism

  • Mutual respect

  • Building rapport

  • Teaching empathy

  • Recognizing and validating all student cultures

  • Enhancing student mindfulness and self-regulation 

Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is the foundation towards fostering and nurturing independent learners.  Through Meichenbaum and Biemiller's (1998) three stages of self-regulation (acquisition, consolidation, and consulting), students are taught metacognitive awareness and how to formulate a plan towards their own learning proficiency.  The teacher simply provides the tools and resources for students as they traverse through each stage.  The teacher also provides verbal and non-verbal scaffolding to support this stage of mindfulness.  Learning is no longer something that happens to our students, but a process they learn to master and manipulate for positive learning outcomes.

Student-Centered Approach

As education should be, students are the most important component to teaching and learning.  Through a CRT foundation, teachers build rapport with students, and  shape their classroom and other learning environments around the individual needs of the student.  Teachers provide vast opportunities for students to co-create and co-manage the learning activities and behavioral standards and outcomes of their classroom. Students are active, not passive, change agents in their school and community as their voices are advocated through specific learning and community ideas and collaborations.