Hillcrest recently began an effort to reestablish Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (CLR) as a signature pedagogical practice throughout our school. Our involvement with CLR as an approach began in 1998 with Hillcrest participating in the LAUSD's Academic English Mastery Program, of which we are still a program school. Most recently, Hillcrest teachers received training from national expert Dr. Sharroky Hollie, executive director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CCRTL).
This year, we will be using the CCRTL framework to put CLR into practice. Dr. Hollie has identified five key areas of instruction where CLR can positively impact and effect academic achievement by increasing student interest and engagement. These are:
- Responsive Classroom Management
- Responsive Academic Vocabulary
- Responsive Academic Literacy
- Responsive Academic Language
- Responsive School and Classroom Learning Environments
Teachers are engaging in formal book study of Dr. Hollie's, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success and looking forward to addressing our school's CLR implementation as a problem of practice so that we can become expert at identifying, describing, and institutionalizing effective CLR teaching and learning as whole school instructional practice in our classrooms.