Teachers and schools are in need of practical resources that teach and train about cultural competency. The problem is that these resources are few and far between. The few resources available for teachers are lengthy and not practical for teachers who have very little time to cover difficult topics like bullying, bias, stereotypes, culture, identity, discrimination and human rights, and more.
As teachers themselves, Jennifer Terry and Deanna Wuotila, wanted to create a solution to this problem. That is why Culturally Responsive Minds (CRM) was founded. CRM is providing schools with quality resources developed by educators with today's classroom in mind.
To create a critical social consciousness around equity and culture through student curriculum and professional development.
Our lessons cover fourteen different topics from which classroom teacher can choose. These lessons have been created by a team of educators who are passionate about equity and culturally responsive teaching. In order for us to truly incorporate many voices, we need to bring in multiple perspectives. To achieve this, we contract with educators to submit lesson plans for each of our content areas. If you are interested in submitting lesson plans, please contact us.
Jennifer Terry has worked in the education field for over twenty years. During this time she has taught in both elementary and middle school, served as a middle school instructional coach and has led and created school and district professional development around a variety of topics including Culturally Responsive Teaching.
Jennifer also serves as an instructional coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and created and runs their Summer Institutes for teachers and school leaders. This passion Jennifer has for changing schools to be more equitable has led to her work with CCRTL and to her creation of Culturally Responsive Minds.
Deanna Wuotila has worked in the education field for twenty years. She has both middle school and elementary teaching experience. In addition to her classroom experience, Deanna has served on various district and school leadership teams and on interdistrict equity teams. She is passionate about supporting teachers and schools around equity work and global education.
That passion led her into working as as an Instructional Coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning as well as co-leading the Summer Institutes. She was also selected as a 2017 fellow for the Teachers for Global Classrooms program. Deanna seeks a rich, equitable educational opportunity for all students, which led her to developing Culturally Responsive Minds.