The first Equity in Education Summit was hosted by the Culturally Responsive Teaching program and the Graduate School of Education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in November 2012, and was attended by a diverse group of educators, youth and community members who want to work collaboratively to eliminate the opportunity gap in Minnesota.
Dr. Sharroky Hollie discussed why culture matters in schools, and explained why culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy is necessary in transforming our system to work better for all students. Educators and youth had the opportunity to learn new strategies, engage in dialogue with multiple perspectives, and move to individual action as we work toward solutions to make our schools more equitable.
About Dr. Sharroky Hollie
Dr. Sharroky Hollie is the Executive Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing stellar professional development for educators desiring to become culturally responsive. With the Center, Sharroky serves as a national expert, traveling around the country training thousands of teachers. Over the past 12 years, Sharroky and his team have worked with nearly 100,000 educators from all parts of the country.
Dr. Hollie is the co-founder of the nationally acclaimed laboratory school, Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS) in Los Angeles. CLAS is a K-8 independent charter school that espouses culturally responsive pedagogy as its primary approach.
He is a featured author for Pearson publishing, co-authoring with Jim Cummins in the Cornerstone and Keystone textbook series in 2009 and as a contributing author in the Prentice Hall anthology 2012. His work has appeared in several edited texts, including Teaching African American Learners to Read, an International Reading Association publication edited by Mary Hoover and Bill Hammond (2005) and the anthology, Talkin Black Talk, edited by John Baugh and H. Samy Alim (2007). Dr. Hollie’s first book is Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success available through Shell Education (2011) and his second book, co-authored with Dr. Anthony Muhammad is The Skill to Lead, The Will to Teach, published by Solution Tree (2011).
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