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Culturally Responsive Instruction

**This course MAY meet the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requirements for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education 7.02(1) of CCR301-37 state license renewal. Therefore, we have already completed the CDE English Learner Professional Learning Matrix that correlates directly to this course and attached a copy for your reference at the completion of this course. You should be able to directly use this matrix to submit to CDE.


Culturally Responsive Instruction is a course gives some background knowledge and information to help adapt your lessons or activities in your educational setting to meet the needs of any and all students. Student culture is key to learning. It plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals. A pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates fundamental cultures offers full, equitable access to education for students from all cultures.

Culturally responsive teaching is:

  1. Using students' cultural experiences in daily instruction.

  2. Embracing native language and students' families as assets.

  3. Creating a classroom environment that represents and respects all students.

  4. Communicating clear high expectations for everyone.

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