Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Study Groups are school-based professional learning communities. Study groups develop a goal to guide their learning throughout the school year, and meet monthly to discuss instruction and push their practice to reach their goal. Learn more about National Teachers Academy’s study group and what they learned about culturally responsive practices, resources, and curriculum.
School: National Teachers Academy
Text: Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community by Liz Kleinrock
Study Group Leader: Carrie Both
Study Group Members: Taree Jones, Kara Silverglat, Hannah Kreindler, Miray Karabulut
Goal: Committed to reflecting on culturally responsive practices, resources, and curriculum.
Overall, the text was very practical for teachers, and the suggestions and learning from each chapter provided simple and easy ideas to implement in the classroom almost immediately.
We implemented many of the ideas from the book into our classroom and have plans to involve other primary teachers as well. We also would like to take one step further than our classrooms and our grade-level teams. We feel like our school needs to continue to learn about different cultures other than the prominent Black culture that is celebrated throughout the year. We feel like adding a bulletin board that celebrates different cultures, people, and religions. This, and other culturally responsive practices, is something that we feel as a group we can commit to and will have a large impact on our school community of awareness and empathy.