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Culturally responsive pedagogy and practices facilitates and supports the achievement of ALL students. In culturally responsive classrooms and schools, effective teaching and learning occur in a culturally-supported, learner-centered context, whereby the strengths students bring to school are identified, nurtured, and utilized to promote student achievement (NCCREst, 2008).

Culturally responsive educational systems are grounded in the belief that culturally and linguistically diverse students can excel in {both social and} academic endeavors (NCCRESt’s, 2008). Research by the National Research Council for Responsive Educational Systems and the Office of Civil Rights support Multi-Tiered System of Supports-MTSS and Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) as powerful frameworks that reflect culturally responsive system-wide practices.

For more information regarding these practices, see: Multi-Tiered System of Supports and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports.