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Culturally Relevant Teaching as Central Component in Teacher Education Program Restructuring at a Historically Black College/University

Mon, April 20, 4:05 to 5:35pm, Virtual Room


At an HBCU situated in an urban context, teacher educators engage in restructuring of the teacher education program by leading culturally relevant teaching (CRT) sessions with teacher candidates in their final year of the early childhood/elementary education program. Based on preliminary findings, teacher candidates recognize the value in CRT for building relationships with their students, while also struggling to embrace the commitment that is permitted to grasp a deeper understanding of CRT theory, principles, and practices. Through interviews and reflective journaling, candidates share their perspectives and insights on CRT and how it has changed and evolved. Continued engagement with CRT will help to strengthen restructuring of the teacher education program and broaden candidates understanding and application of CRT.