Webinar Series: Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom

This free five-part series provides a framework for instruction that emphasizes experiential, active, and student-centered learning. It supports all teachers in creating culturally responsive environments. We'll post all recordings and resources right here, but we encourage you to sign up to receive email updates to participate live. 
Sessions 1 & 2 / February 4 & 20 / 4-5 p.m.

Facilitating Student Curiosity and Engagement with the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)

Are questioners born or made? What happens to the “born questioners” when they enter school at 5 years old? Do they become “unmade questioners?” Or maybe we should be asking this: What can we do to ensure that by the time all students leave high school, they’re proficient at asking questions? The problem is, as one teacher told us, “getting students to ask questions feels like pulling teeth.” So how can teachers transform that feeling and create classrooms that come alive with questions?

The QFT is a shortcut to stimulating student curiosity, increasing student engagement, and promoting deeper learning. Research has also found that the QFT significantly increases student curiosity, divergent thinking, and cognitive engagement, can lead to better argumentative writing scores, and that kindergarten students who learn the QFT ask more on-topic questions than students who have not learned the QFT. In these two sessions, you will experience the technique for yourself and then learn how to implement it with your students. Free resources will be provided.



Session 3 / March 4 / 4-5 p.m.

The What and Why of Culturally Responsive Instruction 

This session will explore: why culturally responsive instruction is critical for academic success; its attributes and general principles; and the text Culture in the Classroom, a framework tool for implementing culturally responsive practices in the classroom and meeting Alaska’s Cultural Standards.


Sessions 4 & 5 / April 3 & 17 / 4-5 p.m.

Rigor and Equity for ALL Students through Intellectual Preparation

High levels of student learning depend on adult mastery of content, the caliber of adult questioning, and the quality of the demands adults place on kids’ thinking. For that reason, rigorous intellectual preparation of educators lies at the heart of implementing rigorous and comprehensive culturally responsive instruction in your classroom.

In these two sessions, we will introduce a unit unpacking protocol for intellectual preparation by which teachers can engage with the unit materials in order to create rigorous and equitable opportunities for ALL students to succeed and grow as learners. Free resources will be included for teachers to use when preparing for instruction that is culturally responsive and rigorous for ALL students.


This webinar is free and provides additional free resources.

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Your Instructors

Gerry Briscoe is the Director of Professional Learning at SERRC and a Senior Associate with the Center on Culturally Proficient Educational Practices. He had 30+ years experience in education in Colorado before joining SERRC in 2006. He holds a BA and MA from University of Northern Colorado and Administrative Certificates from Western Washington University and University of Denver. His passion is for cultivating culturally responsive environments.

Martha Gould-Lehe is a Cultural Specialist at SERRC and a Senior Associate with the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practices. She spent 25 years as a public school educator and earned the BP Teacher of Excellence Award in 2000. She is one of the founders of the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska. She holds a BA from the University of Alaska and MA from the University of Kansas.