Culturally Responsive & Inclusive Education Practices Legislation, Regulations, & VDOE Implementation FAQs
Virginia’s Equity Framework, or the Road Map to Equity, prioritizes our strategy into two categories that are informed by Virginia achievement data, best practice, and research: (1) Increasing the Cultural Proficiency of Virginia’s Educator Workforce, and (2) Closing Opportunity Gaps for Virginia Students.
Culture strongly influences the attitudes, values, and behaviors that students and teachers bring to the instructional process, making culturally responsive educators necessary for the equitable achievement of today’s increasingly diverse student population. Establishing expectations for culturally responsive practice among Virginia’s educator workforce is critical to supporting the effective delivery of professional development.
These expectations are framed into four quadrants that represent practices at the following critical levels: (1) culturally responsive schools, (2) culturally responsive leadership, (3) culturally responsive educators, and (4) culturally responsive pedagogy. Additional information is available here: https://www.virginiaisforlearners.virginia.gov/cultural-competence/.
Culturally Responsive Educators:
- -See cultural differences as assets;
- -Validate the inequities impacting students’ lives;
- -Cultivate relationships beyond the classroom anchored in affirmation, -mutual respect, and validation;
- -Believe that ALL students can succeed and communicate high expectations for all students;
- -Engage in reflection of their beliefs, behaviors, and practices;
- -Utilize students’ cultures as vehicles for learning;
- -Challenge racial and cultural stereotypes, prejudices, racism, and other forms of intolerance, injustice, and oppression;
- -Mediate power imbalances in classrooms based on race, culture, ethnicity, gender, and class.