Aurora Public Schools is on a mission to accelerate learning for every student, every day. One way we are doing so is by creating culturally responsive learning environments. This teaching method addresses equity in the classroom and increases academic achievement as students are more engaged.
Our teachers plan instruction based on six themes of culturally responsive experiences, which include engagement, relationships, rigor, cultural identity, vulnerability and asset-based ideologies.
Kenton Elementary School First Grade Teacher Kati Arnold is experiencing increased engagement from students thanks to this approach.
“I think something that’s important in culturally responsive teaching is not necessarily knowing every culture or the language or stories from their culture, but it’s getting to know your students’ interests, which could be a derivative of their culture,” she said.
Check out the video below to see the great work taking place in Arnold’s classroom!