Workshop: Biography Driven Culturally Responsive Teaching 

Course ID - CTD0921e  

Short Title: Responsive Teaching    

 Audience    Faculty
Length of Workshop:       8 hours  (5 workshop hours and 3 post workshop hours)  

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

The presenter will provide a practical guide for workshop participants serving culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations. Participants will learn how to plan and implement more successful culturally responsive instruction using student biographies. The presenter will provide participants with information on how they can use biographies to tap into the strengths students bring from their sociocultural, linguistic, cognitive, and academic histories and how to use biographies and prior knowledge and achievements to accelerate learning.
Plan of Evaluation:
I. Application of knowledge to the classroom setting (1 hour) - A learning Community of faculty wishing to earn professional credit will be formed directly after the workshop. The Learning Community will contextualize the workshop and discuss how to field test these strategies in their classrooms. Each will create an action or lesson plan.
II. Analysis of application of knowledge (2 hours) - After field testing these strategies by implementing the action (or) lesson plan, each participants will write a reflection paper that discusses what was planned, what actually occurred, students responses to this methodology, similarities and differences noted in the lesson, and plans to improve tor the future. The Learning Community will reconvene within two weeks to de-brief the reflection papers and will discuss practical issues related to the workshop. The assignment will be reviewed and certified as complete by SOE personnel and posted to a School of Education PET Project PD Sharepoint Site. 


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use the tools provided to evaluate the cultural composition of a classroom 
  • Express how the brain learns a second language and how this information can be used to teach
  • Comprehend the requirements and structure of a biography-driven culturally responsive teaching curriculum
  • Engage all students in a biography-driven culturally responsive teaching activity at a high-level of academic thinking


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Registration information
Course ID: CTD0921e  
Course Title: Responsive Teaching
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

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You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

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