Q: Culturally Responsive Curriculum:

Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) is a method of rigorous, student-centered education that cultivates critical thinking instead of just test-taking skills; relates academic study to contemporary issues and students’ experiences; fosters positive academic, racial and cultural identities; develops students’ ability to connect across cultures; empowers students as agents of social change; and inspires students to fall in love with learning. Research demonstrates that for students of color as well as White students, CRE decreases dropout rates and suspensions, and increases student participation, confidence, academic achievement and graduation rates. Given the toxic political climate, it is critical that the NYC Department of Education become a national model of equity by embracing Culturally Responsive Education to eradicate racial disparities in public education.