Constructing Critically Conscious Learning Environments


  • Discuss how schools create dependent learners and how Culturally Responsive Teaching can build independent learners
  • Understand the connection between culture and the science of the brain to better understand how culturally responsive teaching works 
  • Identify and explain the impact of the social context and how you are positioned based on your personal culture and privilege


In this course participants will be introduced to the concept and theory of Critical Consciousness and how It can be applied to classroom instruction to directly affect student outcome and success. Participants will be encouraged to think about their own perspectives and working within a diverse environment. The focus of this course will be on how to infuse the mindset of critical consciousness within our students with also infusing cultural responsiveness in our daily instructional practices. Further, participants will be provided time to reflect upon their own understanding of what it is to be critically consciousness which will help in modeling for students. The key components of both theories will be introduced, discussed and implemented within a variety of instructional techniques and daily classroom interactions. Being able to engage diverse student population has a strong and direct effect on student development and varied tolerance. As educators we need to design and implement activities that lessons that encourage students to share multiple perspectives but also feel confident in speaking out against social injustices and using a language of critique in regards to presented information, media presentations and opinions of others. Additionally, as the classroom teacher and facilitator we have the responsibility to create a classroom environment along with lesson design that engages students from multiple backgrounds and interests so that we are reaching as many students as possible and integrating topics and language that is of interest to them and that they are also able to relate to personally – it is increasing important for us to make students aware of the world around them and how they can relate what they are learning to real-life experiences, and we must first understand this concept ourselves and embody the vision. This course will also train participants to teach all students to understand and promote diversity. Further, participants will discuss how to appropriately integrate critical consciousness with their students, adopting the mindset, and to have that dialogue within the classroom. Additionally, student grouping, instructional practices, etc., regarding cultural responsiveness will be discussed as well. This course is also beneficial to all educators that work in the school, not just the traditional classroom, but counselors, psychologists, and those working within the small group and/or alternative settings


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