By Minkyung and Sasha Stone
Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy is essential reading for those who want to understand how to teach in culturally and historically responsive ways. In this blog, we will review key insights from Dr. Muhammad’s book. We hope readers will be inspired to learn more about what it means to enact culturally and historically responsive instruction. We also hope this blog serves as a preview of the webinar that Dr. Gholdy Muhammad will offer on March 17th, 2021. This virtual workshop will engage teachers in practicing researched-based equity practices and offer pedagogical examples of lesson and unit plans that honor the cultural and linguistic diversity of our students.
Why Visible Learning for Literacy?
Probably one of the most essential goals of all educators is to apply the evidence from educational research to their unique classroom contexts. However, this is not a simple endeavor.
1) What should teachers do when presented with a list of evidence-based practices from research studies?
2) How do we make thinking and learning "deeper" but still visible to students?
3) What strategies can be used to facilitate students' learning and decrease their cognitive load during that learning?
"It doesn't matter how many books you have in your classroom library; it is never enough" - Colby Sharp
In this blog, we extend this work by providing book suggestions that include diverse literature and multicultural, BIPOC in school curricula. The following list was curated by educator and Advisory Board member, Carol Jago.
"Ask students to write their autobiographies and personal narratives. Students can start with their earliest memories of traditions, education, religion, triumphs, defeats, and so on. Teachers must have permission to read such personal accounts." -Cultivating Genius by Dr. Gholdy Muhammad
Webinar Recap: Designing Academic Writing Assignments for all Students, All Environments, All Classrooms
Here, we share some of Burke’s insights that may be helpful to educators designing responsive, accessible, and standards-based writing activities for their students.
By Jiali Wang
What are arcs of instruction?
Culturally Responsive Literacy
Research To Practice
WRITE Center Resources