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Designing a Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy

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Monday, June 24, 2:30–4:00 pm
Location: Franklin 5-6-7, Marriott

Kenneth Shelton  
Learn about the design and development process in creating culturally sensitive/responsive learning opportunities for students. Examine and participate in several key instructional outcome areas that are culturally relevant as well as identify several technology-rich integration strategies.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Any browser that connects to the internet will be sufficient
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to effectively identify appropriate strategies for design and implementation of a culturally relevant learning environment. This environment is not limited to the classroom but also looks at overall school culture
Key objectives include:
Critical elements of design: How does learning opportunity engage students from a culturally relevant and responsive perspective
Enhancement: How does technology provide amplification of voice, accessibility to learning, collaborative opportunities, and publication of student learning
Depth of Learning: How does the environment provide students with significant opportunities to extend their learning beyond the intended outcomes established by the teacher
Equity: How does the environment provide each student with a personalized opportunity to learning, that is relevant and appropriate to their needs and skills. The focus is on pedagogy rather than simply a listing of tools to use.


Introduction- 5 minutes
Key elements of identifying and determining school/district culture (poll)- 10 minutes
Discussion and activity (poll) around school culture- 5 minutes
Group Activity- 5-10 minutes
Discussion and analysis on characteristics of cultural responsiveness (10 minutes)
Group Activity- 10 minutes
Discussion on Equity and Learner-Centered environments- 5-7 minutes
Group Activity- 10 minutes
Analysis of culturally relevant themes- 15 minutes
Cultural Relevance Check for understanding- 10 minutes
Analysis on Techquity- 5 minutes
Preliminary steps around design of learning of experience- 5 minutes
Closing remarks and call to action- 5 minutes

All activities will include useful technology resources that are generally universally accessible and allow for added consideration of equitable learning.

Supporting research

"For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y'all Too" by Dr. Chris Edmin
"Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools" by Dr. Tyrone Howard
"The Trouble With Black Boys: ...And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education" by Dr. Pedro Noguera
"The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children" by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
"Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives" by James A. Banks
"Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms" by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
"Excellence Through Equity" by Dr. Pedro Noguera
"Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders" by Randall Lindsey
"Building Cultural Competence: Innovative Activities and Models" by Kate Berardo
Black Minds Matter, course taken through San Diego State University
Why The Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color (
This Is Not Just Another Essay About Race (
"Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success" by Vijay Pendakur
"So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo

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Kenneth Shelton, Elevate Education Inc.

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level. Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken regularly gives keynotes and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Equity and Inclusion, Multimedia Literacy, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner. Ken is currently a Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist.

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