Listening, caring, building trust, and knowing each student individually. These are among the pillars of “culturally responsive teaching.” In this piece, we take you inside a classroom at O’Keeffe Middle School to see how these strategies, and more, are helping students break through to become independent learners, prepared to succeed and defy the achievement gap. Read Story. On mobile? Better view it here.
A baby wobbles around the classroom pointing at bright blue and orange paper lanterns suspended from the ceiling. Six-year-old Brian quietly rummages through a stack of board games and books. Their mothers sit close by. Sewing machines purr. Scissors strip-strup, cleaving fabric into squares for the pot holders students will make tonight. It’s the second week of class for this group of eight students at Bayview Community Center. Instructor Annette Bollig raises her voice just