October 13, 2021
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Pacific) / 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Join REL West for part one of this two-part webinar series designed to expand knowledge and provide practical evidence-based examples of systems, policies, and practices that are culturally affirming — what they are and what they are not — to inform instruction, school climate-related practices, and everyday decisions that shape the academic and social-emotional well-being of students and their families.
A presentation and panelist discussion will include lessons from research and practice about how in culturally affirming spaces, small practices have big payoffs — pronouncing students’ names correctly, speaking positively about families and communities in front of students, and sharing one’s own intercultural experiences — and hold significant value for students’ academic progress. These spaces encourage meaningful engagement, communicate belonging, validate the lived and historical experiences of students and adults, center culture as a learning vehicle, and promote authentic stakeholder connection.
In this webinar, district and site leaders will:
- Deepen understanding of culturally affirming school and classroom cultures and climates and how they shape student learning and social and emotional well-being
- Examine practices, policies, and conditions that hinder student belonging and inhibit the academic and social well-being of culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse students
- Learn about promising practices and behaviors that foster culturally affirming schooling experiences for students, families, and staff
This is the first in a two-part webinar series creating culturally affirming spaces to make schools more safe and supportive environments for culturally, linguistically, and gender-diverse students. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates on this webinar series.