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Intercultural Competency in the Curriculum: Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

Resource guide compiled by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for navigating intercultural curriculum development at CCC.

Resources about Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

What is Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)?

Culturally responsive teaching is a theory of instruction that was developed by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. “It is an approach that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes" (Ladson-Billings).

Culturally responsive pedagogy "is a student-centered approach to teaching in which the students’ unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote student achievement and a sense of well-being about the student’s cultural place in the world.  Culturally responsive pedagogy is divided into three functional dimensions: the institutional dimension, the personal dimension, and the instructional dimension" (Lynch).

Ladson-Billings, Gloria. The Dreamkeepers. Jossey-Bass Publishing Co, 1994.
Lynch, M. "What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy." The Advocate, 21 Apr 2016,

CRT is...

infographic: CRT is assets based, places students at the center of learning, values students' languages, cultures, backgrounds, and simultaneously challenges and supports students

Source: SupportEd blog.