Culturally responsive practices

Includes intentionally teaching social skills, raising expectations of all children, and recognizing children’s positive behaviors in the context of their own culture. In order to use culturally responsive practices, staff and programs must do the following:

  • Reflect on their own lives and challenge their own assumptions and biases
  • Highlight their children’s good intentions
  • Document inequity and disproportionality based on race, gender, and ability
  • Understand how bias adds to inequity
  • Work to remove the effect of cultural difference and bias on discipline.[1]

[1] (NEA Human and Civil Rights Department, 2008)