Culturally Responsive Practices

Wisconsin trails the nation when it comes to equity between white students and students of color. In response, DPI has launched their Promoting Excellence for All campaign. In line with DPI’s directive, the Wisconsin RtI Center has developed ways for educators to begin the necessary work to understand and reach students of color – so ALL students become college or career ready. Here are several videos of our technical assistance sessions regarding culturally responsive practices so you can be a part of the solution.

Identity Development and Culturally Responsive Practices

This session guides participants through understanding practitioner identity in relation to the school system and how those identities impact the success of students and families being served. Presented by Andreal Davis & Kent Smith 2/17/17

Culturally Responsive Multi-level System of Support: Using Data

This presentation discusses ways that attendees can use student outcome data to evaluate academic RtI and PBIS systems to integrate into a culturally responsive multi-level system of support. The presentation is facilitated by facilitated by Kent Smith, Heidi Erstad, and Milaney Leverson, from the Wisconsin RtI Center and PBIS Network. Materials related to this presentation can be found by following this link:

Collaboration in a Culturally Responsive Multi-level System of Support

This webinar begins with a review of the basic elements of a Culturally Responsive Multi-Level System of Support, Support. Then viewers will learn - from Heather Drumm and Julie Bauer - about Canterbury Elementary School's implementation journey as they worked on cultivating collaborative relationships in their building. During their discussion, viewers will learn how to involve multiple staff perspectives in determining the appropriate types and intensities of supports in their system. Finally, RtI staff members Sara Summ and Liz Gaebler will share a few resources from the Wisconsin RtI Center that can help refine the collaborative structures in your school or district.

Cultural Practices that are Relevant: The 7 Experiences

Sometimes teachers and students come from different backgrounds. Learning about cultures that are not their own enables teachers to more effectively understand students - and therefore increase instructional effectiveness. Andreal Davis, Culturally Responsive Practices Coordinator for the Wisconsin RtI Center, discusses seven types of experiences that can help educators understand students' worldviews.

Culturally Responsive Practice Family Interview Tool Webinar

Guided by: Kent Smith and Milaney Leverson (Approximately 1 hour) Kent facilitated a conversation about the uses for and intention of the culturally responsive practice family interview tool. The tool can help practitioners gather additional information at the point of access to intervention, identify patterns for professional development needs, and assist in engaging families to gain their perspectives.

Strengthening the Will Through the INSIDE Out Process

This online culturally responsive technical assistance session was recorded so practitioners can learn to understand their own cultures from multiple perspectives. Presented by RtI Center Technical Assistance Coordinators Kao Moua Her and Paula Fernandez, this presentation will cover how and why people perceive the world the way they do, will help viewers gauge their own comfort level with issues of race, ethnicity, and educational and social disparities, and examine the background from which they develop and apply their expectations, procedures, routines, and practices.

Equitable Practices for Preventing and Responding to Problem Behavior

Online Tier I Technical Assistance: Equitable Practices for Preventing and Responding to Problem Behavior. This technical assistance session focuses on decision points in PBIS systems that are vulnerable to implicit bias or environmental factors. A specific strategy to address these vulnerable decision points (VDPs) is addressed.