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Through an in depth reading and facilitated discussion of Zaretta Hammond's book "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain", participants will be supported in creating an inclusive, culturally responsive and sustaining classroom for adult English learners.

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or email


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult ESOL teachers of any level
  • Advisors and administrators are welcomed to join with the understanding that discussions will be focused on teaching

This book group is designed to support ESOL teachers in creating an inclusive, culturally responsive and sustaining classroom. Over the course of five weeks, we will read and discuss the concepts and strategies presented in Zaretta Hammond's book "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain". Together we will make connections to their relevance for adult learners and apply culturally responsive teaching practices to our individual educational settings.

There will be five facilitated discussion sessions and time between to read the book, reflect on the content, and consider application of strategies. The total time expected is 12-15 hours (five 1.5 hour sessions plus time to read). Participants are asked to commit to attending all five sessions and to reading the whole book.

For more information about the book and Zaretta Hammdond, please visit Home - Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain (

Copies of the book and a study guide will be provided by the SABES ESOL PD Center to all participants upon registering.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between different levels of culture and their connection to affective and cognitive neuroscience (i.e., brain based learning)
  • Reflect on your own "cultural reference points" and the role they play in your instructional decisions, your students' learning, and the larger socio-political culture
  • Use culturally responsive teaching practices to:
    -build learning partnerships and community with students and colleagues
    -create a classroom environment that is affirming and validating of all students
    -build learners' intellective capacity
    -foster independent learning
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
04/13/2022 - 4:00 pm to 04/13/2022 - 5:30 pm
04/27/2022 - 4:00 pm to 04/27/2022 - 5:30 pm
05/11/2022 - 4:00 pm to 05/11/2022 - 5:30 pm
05/25/2022 - 4:00 pm to 05/25/2022 - 5:30 pm
06/01/2022 - 4:00 pm to 06/01/2022 - 5:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners
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