Culturally Responsive Teaching
Innovation Configuration

Ceedar CenterThe CEEDAR Center works with states, universities, and education agencies. We like to say that we provide “Opportunities to Learn for Teachers and Leaders.” We are a national technical assistance center dedicated to supporting states in their efforts to develop teachers and leaders who can successfully prepare students with disabilities to achieve college and career-ready standards.

Resource Overview

An IC is a tool that identifies and describes the major components of a practice or innovation. With the implementation of any innovation comes a continuum of configurations of implementation from non-use to the ideal.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

This paper features an innovation configuration (IC) matrix that can guide teacher preparation professionals in the development of appropriate culturally responsive teaching (CRT) content. The student population in United States public schools is becoming increasingly CLD; however, teachers and school leaders remain fairly monoracial (U.S. Department of Education, 2013). For this IC, we reviewed empirical research articles from the current professional literature for the purpose of identifying effective CRT practices. The literature reveals that teachers who utilize CRT practices value students’ cultural and linguistic resources and view this knowledge as capital to build upon rather than as a barrier to learning.