Culturally Responsive Teaching Toolbox
Letitia Bergantz, Mark Gale, Athens State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Online ISBN 978-1-939797-48-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
21st Century teachers face challenges across disciplines in the acquisition of communication and technology skills. Teachers are tasked with added roles: resource provider, instructional specialist, learning facilitator, mentor, school leader, and lifelong learner (U.S. Department of Education, 2017). Equipping teachers with new trends and emerging technologies is paramount, and colleges must emphasize training to ensure teachers can analyze, synthesize, and apply learning concepts. Research indicates that the best way to increase student achievement is to have qualified teachers with specialized skills (Sparks & Killion, 2007; Gay, 2013). This text describes the growth of teacher education and emphasizes engagement practices. Teachers need to cultivate an understanding of cultural diversity in the classroom to effectively promote engagement. These skills prepare and equip teachers to meet real world demands by understanding students to create meaningful engagement activities. As teachers are trained in the education field, culturally responsive practices for teaching must be promoted, evaluated, and continually updated to ensure academic success for students. This paper will discuss culturally responsive teaching and engagement and multiple strategies for preparing teachers with a culturally responsive skills toolbox.
Bergantz, L. & Gale, M. (2020). Culturally Responsive Teaching Toolbox. In D. Schmidt-Crawford (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 686-689). Online: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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