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Beyond Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Verb, Not a Noun

Date: Wednesday - June 03, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: eSeminar

Online via zoom, led by Ronald Taylor, M.S.Ed.  (he/him/his) - Founding Co-Director of the Horace Mann of the Students Together Empowering People of Color Successfully Program (HM STEPS) & 7th Grade History Teacher

Audience: Educators and administrators in grades 5-12, all disciplines welcome


  Beyond Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Verb, Not a Noun

Ronald J. Taylor, Horace Mann School

Audience: Educators and administrators in grades 5-12, all disciplines welcome

“Beyond Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Verb, Not a Noun” is a specialized workshop that challenges the confines of culturally responsive teaching to shift more to an action-based paradigm in independent schools. We will ask the questions: Why should we proactively design inclusive curriculum?  How often do students see themselves in the curriculum? How can equity and inclusion be “baked” into our school’s practices? Why must I acknowledge the reality of our students in order to educate them? Using Emdin’s Reality Pedagogy,  attendees  will have the opportunity to refine their own curriculum to ensure that the lived experiences of students are at the center. By the conclusion of the workshop attendees will have: (1) a clear and functional definition of both culturally responsive teaching and reality pedagogy, (2) exemplars of implementing reality pedagogy into curricular settings, specifically in grades 5-12, and (3) a test lesson or unit outline that they will have created in content specific breakout rooms using reality pedagogy. 

Ronald James-Terry Taylor, M.S.Ed., is currently a candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University for the master of arts degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center and faculty at the Horace Mann School. He attended Syracuse University where he completed his undergraduate and graduate work in policy & African American studies and history education, respectively. With over six years of experience in both public and independent schools, Taylor focuses primarily on secondary school education and curriculum, with an emphasis on Black male achievement and applying equity based lenses to curriculum and instruction. At HM, he serves as a middle division history teacher in addition to being the founding co-director of HM S.T.E.P.S., an institution wide students of color peer & family mentoring program geared toward socio-emotional wellness for students of color. Ronald has facilitated on the topic of culturally relevant and reality pedagogy at both the national and local level including NAIS POCC, NYSAIS Educating Boys’ Symposium, and the National Black Male Educators Convening. Ronald is a proud product of public and parochial schools, an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc., and will forever represent his hometowns of Hempstead, NY and Saint Albans, NY. He looks forward to the launch of his independent consultancy, RJT Solutions LLC in May 2020.

NYSAIS member schools - $25.00

Non-members - $50.00

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Registration closes 1 hour before the start of the event.

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The Zoom link for this eSeminar will be sent in the confirmation email after you finish the registration process. Please do not consider yourself officially registered until you receive the email.

This eSeminar will be recorded and, depending on privacy and quality concerns, may be provided to registrants after the presentation.

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