<p>Office of Academic Innovation</p>
“Culturally sustaining pedagogy seeks to perpetuate and foster—to sustain—linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of the democratic project of schooling” -Paris, Django 2012.
What does it look like to create learning environments that treat the diversity of student experience, knowledge, and contribution as assets rather than deficits? How can we develop learning spaces with and for the students who arrive in our classrooms? In this experiential workshop, we will explore the benefits of and strategies around creating culturally sustaining classrooms that honor and make connections with our students’ lived experiences and cultural backgrounds.
About the Facilitator
Jaime Wood has an MA in English education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an MFA in creative writing, poetry from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. Her career in education began as a language arts and math teacher in an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound middle school where she used service learning, adventure trips, and community-based curriculum to engage sixth and seventh graders. Since 2003, she has worked in universities and community colleges both in the classroom and as a faculty developer and assessment coordinator. She is fascinated by the relationship between learners and teachers and how these roles overlap. When she’s not reading about pedagogy, Jaime enjoys writing poetry and songs, camping on the coast, and exploring the unadvertised beauties of Portland.