Culturally Responsive Teaching: Fundamental Principles and Instructional Strategies within the Speech-Language Realm
Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is a mindset that
promotes educators’ ability to develop an increased understanding of students’
linguistic and cultural ways of being.
When educating through a CRT lens, teachers create meaningful relationships
with students and families and use students’ interests and cultural strengths
to inform lesson content and instructional practices with the overarching goal
of increased student engagement and achievement.
Throughout this interactive and energizing
session, speech-language pathologists will learn about the basic principles of
CRT through experiential learning activities, explore a variety of CRT
instructional strategies, obtain culturally relevant resources to implement
with their students, and develop personal and professional goals for expanding
their CRT knowledge and use.
About the Presenter
Sarah Skahan, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language
Pathologist at Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley, MN. Sarah completed both her undergraduate and
graduate degrees at UW-Stevens Point.
Her interests in Spanish language and Latino culture, bilingual language
acquisition, and social justice led her to becoming a member of the inaugural
Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) cohort at St.
Mary’s University of Minnesota.
participation in the CRT graduate program has transformed her speech-language
practice, and she is passionate about sharing her experiences. She currently serves as an adjunct program
instructor within the Culturally Responsive Teaching Program at St. Mary’s
Sarah’s work as a culturally
responsive educator was featured in a MinnPost
article titled “Culturally Responsive Teaching—It’s Something You Do-Every