Equity CoP: Introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

ArnitaEquityMesaColleg copyOn Friday, September 23rd the San Diego Imperial Valley Regional Network (SDIVN) hosted Introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL) at San Diego Mesa College. In this Equity Community of Practice workshop, presenters Arnita Porter and Paula Brown gave participants an opportunity to engage in activities and learn tools that support their efforts in reducing equity gaps and improving student success outcomes. Participants from Santiago Canyon College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego City College, Cuyamaca College, Palomar College, Pasadena City College, Southwestern College, San Diego Miramar College, College of the Desert, Los Angeles Southwest College, and Imperial Valley College were introduced to CRTL modules on Race and Culture, Mindsets, Learning Barriers, and Social Capital. The guided activities helped participants reimagine their students from a strength-based perspective in order to improve students’ sense of belonging, foster engagement, and expand the knowledge networks that lead to improved success. The day closed with presenter sharing how colleges are utilizing CRTL to address disparities and achieve goals outlined in their student equity and college success plans.

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