Culturally Responsive Teaching Toolbox

Virtual Paper ID: 56348
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    Letitia Bergantz
    Athens State University
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    Mark Gale
    Athens State University

Abstract: 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.


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