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Culturally Responsive Instruction in a Blended Learning Environment

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Culturally Responsive Instruction in a Blended Learning Environment

Presented by Jaime Perris, Curriculum Project Manager and Education Consultant, Encyclopædia Britannica; Dr. Ahmet Bayazitoglu, English Teacher, Hun School of Princeton (NJ); and Dara Martin, English Teacher, Co-Director of NextTerm, Dorm Parent, Hun School of Princeton (NJ)
Moderated by Darcy Carlson, Director of Education Consultants, Encyclopædia Britannica

Sponsored by Britannica Digital Learning

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Developing a culturally responsive classroom is key in nurturing positive student-teacher relationships, and creating opportunities for all students to connect, relate, and engage in instructional content. In this edWebinar, we will focus on:

  • What being “culturally responsive” means
  • The positive outcomes of integrating culturally responsive practices into teaching and learning
  • Exploring strategies and practices needed to create and facilitate an inclusive, equitable, welcoming and affirming classroom environment that promotes continuous learning and an appreciation of diverse cultures
  • Identifying effective teaching and learning strategies that support culturally responsive instruction in remote and blended learning environments
  • A teacher’s personal story – A guest speaker will share her story of how she currently engages students through culturally responsive practices.

edWebinar outcomes for viewers focus on:

  • Key strategies and ideas that can be implemented into their teaching and learning practices straight away, that will encourage student discussion, inspire dialogue, and encourage student voice
  • A strengthened cultural connection between teachers and their students
  • Empowering and inspiring teachers to create and facilitate a welcoming, affirming and inclusive classroom climate and culture, and integrate culturally responsive elements into their curriculum

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and those in leadership roles who strive to create culturally responsive environments in a K-12 blended learning setting.


Jaime PerrisAbout the Presenters

Jaime Perris is an education consultant and curriculum project manager. She is Australian and has lived and worked in eight countries and travelled to 30. She was a teacher for around 15 years in Australia (psychology, law, business and Chinese Mandarin), South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar, the Bahamas, and the United States. Jaime has worked on government contracts for the U.S. Navy, the Malaysian Ministry of Education, and Taiwanese public prisons in the fields of curriculum development and teacher training. She recently coached teachers and leaders across New York and New Orleans. For fun, she absolutely loves learning and exploring new cultures, food and travel (especially to the Caribbean). She speaks Chinese, plays the piano and is really into keeping fit through strength training.


Ahmet BayazitogluOriginally from Turkey, Dr. Ahmet Bayazitoglu resides in Princeton, NJ with his family and teaches English (and the occasional constitutional law class) at the Hun School of Princeton. A former academic and attorney, he feels his international litigation experience turns out to be great preparation for the ninth-grade English classroom! In addition to ninth-grade English, he offers 12th-grade seminars on such topics as literature and the law, and global literature. Outside the classroom, he coaches JV basketball, advises affinity groups such as the Middle Eastern Society and Junior State of America, and is active in the faculty Cultural Competency Committee.


Dara MartinDara Martin is an English teacher, Co-Director of NextTerm (an experiential learning program), and dorm parent at the Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey. She has 20 years of experience teaching, both in public schools (in Georgia) and independent schools (currently at the Hun School of Princeton), having taught all grades. Dara currently teaches 10th-grade and 12th-grade English electives gender in literature and literature, ethics, and social change. She is currently a member of the Executive Board for the faculty Cultural Competency Committee, a faculty group that leads and develops school-wide and faculty workshops pertaining to social justice; this year working with a subgroup to conduct a school-wide curriculum audit.


Darcy CarlsonAbout the Moderator

Darcy Carlson is the director of education consultants at Britannica Digital Learning. She has been with Britannica for 12 years, working with educators to support library and classroom needs by facilitating the use of Britannica’s wide range of digital resources. Before joining Britannica, Darcy was a classroom special education teacher in both the elementary and secondary settings. She is passionate about maximizing the teaching and learning experience by engaging educators and students with technology. Darcy has her Bachelor of Science in special education with a learning behavior specialist emphasis.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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