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Spring/Fall 2020

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15 Reimagining Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Online Learning Dr. Detra Price-Dennis Dr. Detra Price-Dennis is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Communications, Media, Learning Technologies, and Design program. Detra serves as Co-Director of the Reimagining Education Online Advanced Certificate Program and is the founding director of #JustLit - a media based project that seeks to provide multimodal resources about literature, media, and social change in education. Her scholarship draws on ethnographic and sociocultural lenses to examine the intersections of literacy education, technology, and curriculum development as a means to identify and amplify equity-oriented pedagogies in K-8 classrooms. e closing of public schools during the COVID-19 public health crisis has exacerbated structural inequities in K-12 education and disproportionately impacted students in marginalized communities. Over the past few months many educators have thought about how to create culturally responsive pedagogies for remote and online learning. However, many of these educators have not had sufficient professional development about online teaching and are finding it difficult to translate their face-to-face culturally responsive pedagogies across different tools during remote learning. As more K-12 schools become invested in online teaching and learning, while simultaneously supporting curriculum development grounded in culturally responsive pedagogies, we need to consider how educators can move forward in a thoughtful and informed way that centers anti- racist and equity-oriented pedagogies that respond to the emerging needs of their students. Why focus on culturally responsive pedagogy during this time? Each year I work with a growing number of practicing or pre-service classroom teachers in my courses who are interested in learning how to engage in culturally responsive teaching. e past twenty weeks these discussions have focused on how to do this work in digital spaces. e questions and concerns educators raise about teaching online oen expose how underprepared they feel to develop curricula

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