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Before we can really dig into a conversation about being culturally responsive, the team thought it would be helpful to build on our understanding of the terms “culture” and “responsive.”
In the context of what we’ll be discussing this month, Merriam-Webster defines culture as “the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.” Also, “the set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic.”
Merriam-Webster defines responsive as “quick to respond or react appropriately or sympathetically.”
With these definitions in mind, our student leaders shared their thoughts about what culture and responsive mean to them.
Culture isn’t just about race. While race is a key part of our culture, it is just one piece of a larger picture. Every individual expresses their own culture in every conversation and interaction they have with others. In this shared space, we will learn to understand, respect and celebrate differences, while appreciating what we have in common.
In order to be responsive, one must first work to listen to the perspectives of others, and respond thoughtfully and positively in order to grow, learn and adapt to new relationships and experiences.
This month’s GlobalEdSsChat will be a powerful one as we gather to grow our knowledge and understanding about what it means to be culturally responsive in our daily lives.
FEBRUARY CHAT QUESTIONS: BEING CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE
1. What do you love about your culture?
2. What is one thing about your culture you wished more people knew?
3. Why is it important to be culturally responsive online as well as in person?
4. How do you learn about other cultures?
5. What do you do (or could you do) to be more culturally aware and understanding of others?
*The same questions will be used for the Slow Chat all month long. We recommend classes spend time answering the questions ahead of time so time during the chat can be spent liking tweets, retweeting, quoting tweets in reply, and collaborating with others.
Tweet and Talk Expert on Panel: Amber Coleman-Mortley
Amber Coleman-Mortley is the Director of Social Engagement at iCivics where she recruits teacher influencers; elevates diverse voices and perspectives within the civic education space; and manages the Youth Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Oberlin College and an M.A. from American University in Media Entrepreneurship. A decorated three-sport varsity athlete, Amber continued her athletic passion as a P.E./Health teacher and varsity head coach at Sidwell Friends School for nine years. Amber covers civics, K12 education, edtech, and family life at MomOfAllCapes and on her podcast with her daughters, LetsK12Better. She has been featured in the LA Times, NY Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and a variety of other broadcast, podcast, and online media outlets.