Sarah Skahan, M.S., CCC-SLP

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

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    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.
     Sarah’s 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 University.
    Sarah’s work as a culturally responsive educator was featured in a MinnPost article titled “Culturally Responsive Teaching—It’s Something You Do-Every Day.”