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Cultural Responsive Teaching Workshop

Saturday, April 06, 2019

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, USA

Cultural responsive teaching encourages educators to allow students to enter the classroom as their authentic selves. Rather than forcing students to code-switch, they are asked about where they come from and to relate that to the course material. The goal is to create an environment where all students, regardless of their physical/mental ability, racial/sexual/gender identity, feel safe. Safe to participate. Safe to engage. And therefore safe to learn.

I am often the only black girl in the room, going to school, that was my identity. After 16 years of schooling I have yet to have 1 black teacher. I can name on one hand how often I was assigned readings by people who identified as black. This is more than implicit bias, this is racism. This is rooted in the historically oppressive idea that, education is meant to assimilate. It communicates to our students that we do not value them, or their culture. It says, once they learn how to speak and act like nonmarginalized group members do they have anything to offer the world.


10AM Key terms and Current Events. Do we say underprivileged? Disadvantaged? Marginalized? POC? Women or womxn? Let's discuss.

11AM Designing your syllabus to be Culturally Responsive. What policies do you have listed that build in disadvantages for already marginalized students?

12PM How to embrace Open Educational Resources. Learn how How to create your own free textbook and curriculum which is more reflective of your student body.

1-2 Break for Lunch

2PM What material should be off-limits? We should embrace pop culture and works of fiction, yet where is the line between education and problematic?

3PM Engaging students of color, what's offensive? The one day my teachers would bring up African Americans was during Black History Month. They would then turn to me, the student, to educate the class simply because of the amount of melanin in my skin. The teachers thought they were being inclusive but clearly that wasn't the case. Let's talk about intentions and how they can produce a very different impact.

4PM When we say, "I'm just preparing them for the real world, what are we actually saying?" The word we use to vocalize our motivations often reveal our own implicit biases, how do we reconcile that?

4:30PM-5PM Networking and Problem Solving: I will hand out case studies so you can workshop ideas and strategies with your fellow educators. Also, please take this time to get to know your fellow faculty around the state.

-Early Bird Tickets Available Until March 29th-


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Val Day-Sanchez (pronouns include, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs) is a tenured professor of communication, social activist, author, TEDX speaker, and intersectional feminist. Dedicated to education, she believes it has the power to combat social justice issues that plague our society. Val co-founded the All This podcast to discuss difficult topics and increase diverse representation in media. They facilitate Equity & Justice Workshops and Women's Retreats around the world, to help professionals, and organizations, embrace inclusive practices. This inclusive lens is reflected in their cultural responsive teaching, equity based curriculum design, and college service within Equity centered policy change.

***Val's books will be available for sale****





National Hispanic Cultural Center Classroom 122/124 (Turn Right on 8th Street rather than 4th, it's closer to the classroom)

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