What is culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning (CLR)? “CLR is the validation and affirmation of the home (indigenous) culture and home language for the purposes of building and bridging the student to success in the culture of academia and mainstream society.” - Dr. Sharroky Hollie, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success (2017) On October 17 and 18, Dr. Sharroky Hollie took more than 6000 staff members on a six-hour journey exploring culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning. Dr. Hollie asked participants to reflect on what they can do as educators to go “where the students are culturally and linguistically for the purpose of bringing them where they need to be academically.” Throughout his presentation, Dr. Hollie modeled a number of activities that those in attendance could take back to their schools and try immediately. The day following the event, Twitter was flooded with excited and inspired teachers who wanted to share their experiences following Dr. Hollie’s examples. One of the most powerful takeaways from the session was Dr. Hollie’s call for educators to VABB. To VABB is to Validate, Affirm, Build and Bridge with students, families and colleagues. Here are three video excerpts from Dr. Hollie’s presentation: 1. Why Validate, Affirm, Build & Bridge? 2. What Are Your First Thoughts? 3. Validating and Affirming Through Instructional Range We know that culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy is the most promising strategy to impact achievement and success for every student in our system. We all play different roles – but together, we are one powerful team with a common goal...and that’s to positively impact student learning and well-being. Thanks to everyone who participated for coming with open minds, open hearts and the willingness to do things a bit differently! Next month, look for more stories about the culturally and linguistically responsive work happening in our schools, and the ongoing work of our Diversity Team. Dr. Sharroky Hollie 5 Equitable Education Instruction and Leadership