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Goal 3 To achieve equitable learning opportunities for all students How are we implementing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in HRSB schools HRSBs priority is to improve academic achievement for African Nova Scotian and First Nations learners. The strategy we are using to accomplish this goal is to implement Culturally Relevant Pedagogy CRP. Geneva Gay defines CRP as using the cultural characteristics experiences and perspectives of ethnically diverse students as conduits for teaching them more effectively 2002 p. 106. Through culturally relevant instruction teachers are learning how to use their knowledge of students everyday lived experiences what they know and how they know it as the avenue to teach the learning outcomes. The first step in the implementation is to understand what culture is and its impact on student learning. Geneva Gay 2010 uses the following definition to describe culture a dynamic system of social values cognitive codes behavioral standards worldviews and beliefs used to give order and meaning to our own lives as well as the lives of others Delgado-Gaitan Trueba 1991 as cited in Gay 2010 pp. 89. Our culture represents our beliefs values and perceptionsthe things we consider to be our norms. When asked where did you get your norms most people respond with the following from my parents how I was raised or from my community. Just as we the educators have our normsour culture so do our students. It is very important that as the adults we do not expect students to think and work as we did. What is normal for us may not be the same in the communities we teach. Once we have a clear understanding of what our culture is and take the time to learn our students culture we can begin the journey of being culturally relevantusing that culture to build culturally relevant instructional activities. Find out what Culturally Relevant Pedagogy means to these HRSB teachers in this video. 4