Rethinking What We Teach and How We Teach It

on February 17, 2021

P.S. ARTS offers its Teaching Artists intensive and rigorous ongoing training related to arts education theory and practice. Below, P.S. ARTS Program Manager Rebecca Cardenas shares about a recent Professional Development opportunity she facilitated for our teachers. Read on to learn more about the session and the Historically Responsive Education training that our teachers have been engaging with to rethink what we teach and how we teach it.

This past December, P.S.ARTS Educator Training staff facilitated a two-hour professional development session focused on Dr. Gholdy Muhammed’s work of Historically Responsive Education. In her book, Cultivating Genius, Dr. Muhammed describes H.R.E. as, “Teaching, learning, and leadership that is responsive to the identities, histories, literacies, and liberation of students. This approach is humanizing, anti-racist and helps to improve our social times.” During this session, teaching artists discussed the 5 Learning Pursuits of H.R.E., which include: Identity, Skills, Criticality, Intellectualism, and Joy. We found that exploring these Pursuits as a basis of curriculum development and pedagogy connected directly with P.S.ARTS’s continued work in building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Thank you, Rebecca! Below are the 5 learning pursuits of Historically Responsive Education for further reflection. 

Identity: How does my instruction help my students learn about themselves and others who are different from them?
Intellectualism: How does my instruction help students to learn new knowledge and concepts?
Criticality: How does my instruction help students to understand power, equity, social justice, anti-racism & anti-oppression?
Skills: How does my instruction help students to learn the skills and standards for my content?
Joy: How does my curriculum instruct and enable joy?

Access anti-racist resources for the classroom and hear an interview with Dr. Gholdy Muhammed by clicking here.

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