Culturally Responsive Practice
Culturally Responsive Practices
Towards Equity and Inclusivity in Our Schools
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching in which the students’ unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote both student achievement, and a sense of well-being about the student’s cultural place in the world. This approach recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings,1994).
We are committed to supporting student wellbeing and their strong positive identity and self-esteem by creating environments that foster the appreciation for Indigenous language, culture and perspectives for all staff and students. We are committed to deepening our knowledge and understanding of Treaties, the legacy of colonialism and shared history. School communities continue to explore equity and support inclusive, safe and caring spaces for diverse identities.
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Many Near North Schools are actively engaged in including some of the following practices:
- Community Consultation/Engagement
- Approaching an Elder
- Grandfather Drum
- Hand Drum