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Learn more about culture & culturally responsive practices

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What are Culturally Responsive Practices? 

This one page document explains culturally responsive practices and shares the focus of the Culturally Responsive Practices Program. Read more about these practices and how we can make schools a place students want to be. 

What is Culture? 

This one page document explains many of the elements of culture. 

We are a group of inquisitive minds that make sense of the relationships that exist between people and the culture they share.

In doing so, we unlock opportunities for growth with inspiring strategies that engage students and create cultural meaning. 

Cultural Iceberg

Edward T. Hall uses the Cultural Iceberg Theory in his book, "Beyond Culture" to explain the different  aspects of cultures and the varying levels of depth and visibility. From visible to implicit manifestations of culture, learn all about how we build understanding of the world around us. 

Dimensions of Equity

Zaretta Hammond 2016
​It is important to distinguish between three key areas in education: multicultural education, social justice education, and culturally responsive teaching. Too often, the terms are used interchangably when they are not. This is a simple chart to help you understand the distinctions between them. A key poin to remember, only CRT is focused on the cognitive development of under-served students while multicultural and social justice education, each have a supporting role in culturally responsive teaching. 

Connect to some of the San Diego Community culture centers

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Centro Cultural de la Raza

The Centro's mission is to create, preserve, promote and educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous art and culture.
​San Diego's Centro Cultural de la Raza was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functions as an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural exchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Centro provides classes and features a dynamic inter-disciplinary schedule of events. We welcome you to visit the Centro and invite you to participate in the exciting programs.

San Diego American Indian Health Center 

The San Diego American Indian Health Centers offers a number of groups and activities designed to strengthen Native American cultural identity, provide support in recovery, create opportunities to form new friendships, and improve community wellness through education and empowerment. Please see below for more information about our programs & events. You may also email us at [email protected] or call 619-234-1521.

San Diego Culture & Language Center 

Our mission is to strike a perfect balance between a friendly approach and professionalism. We aim to promote diversity through a one of a kind language learning experience that combines cultural activities with classroom instruction. Learn Spanish, Mandarin, French or English with us! Our speak from day 1 approach and our small group classes are the perfect blend for language proficiency 

Queen Bee's Arts & Cultural Center

 Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center is a multi-purpose venue centrally located in beautiful North Park San Diego. Queen Bee’s hosts everything from concerts to dance classes, art shows, open mic nights, special events, private parties and much much more. Our mission is to support local musicians & artists by opening up our space to a wide variety of concerts & events. We also donate a portion of our profits to helping homeless youth in San Diego through various charitable organizations.  Queen Bee’s hosts a number of different fundraiser’s throughout the year for non-profit organizations here in San Diego.Inside Queen Bee’s you will find many things going on at once.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBT community centers in the nation.

 The Center provides targeted programs and services to the full diversity of the San Diego LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, trans and non-binary individuals, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those living with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 82,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.

The Brown Building San Diego

The Brown Building is a community center in the Azalea Park neighborhood of City Heights.

The mission is to create a safe gathering space for community building, promoting wellness, and advancing social justice principles.
The Brown Building is inclusive of all San Diego residents, and particularly centers queer and trans people, people of color, and people with disabilities.
The Brown Building is proud to serve as the home of the Trans Youth Project and provide a meeting and event venue for a variety of community groups and neighbors.  

Get involved and become active in our community. 

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San Diego LGBT Pride

Pride festivities have grown from a small grassroots march for equal rights into the largest civic event in the region, with activities that span a full week of celebrating the LGBTQ community. In addition to our annual festivities, San Diego Pride has donated over 2.5 million dollars to LGBTQ-serving nonprofits and runs multiple year-round education, advocacy, and community service programs.

The Power of Advocacy

In 2000, the leaders of the world promised to get all children in the world into school by 2015. But today, 58 million children are still missing out on the opportunity to go to school. All around the world young people have got together to demand that world leaders deliver on their promise of universal education.

To help make change happen through the power of advocacy, Plan worked with young people and partner organisations to develop an advocacy toolkit which provided everything youth need to join the millions of young leaders around the world to advocate for change.