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“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."

James Baldwin

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"...they helped me see the value in our story, in my story, in the larger story of our country. Even when it's not pretty or perfect. Even when it's more real than you want it to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something you own.”

Michelle Obama

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“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

Paulo Freire

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“One major misconception about culturally responsive teaching is that it’s a thing teachers do to students or a technique they use in class. “It’s not,” says Hammond. “It’s a multifaceted approach where the various parts come together to create a synergy that allows students to accelerate their own learning.” CRT isn’t just a singular strategy that one applies in classroom teaching. “What I think is important to embrace is equity by design and helping students to become the leaders of their own learning. I believe Culturally Responsive Teaching practices are a vehicle to that end. People have to begin with the end in mind. It’s an approach — a multifaceted approach. It’s not the goal. The idea is that we really need to have some instructional equity.”

Jennifer Gunn

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“Hip is to know
It’s a form of intelligence
To be hip is to be update and relevant 
Hop is a form of movement
You can’t just observe a hop
You gotta hop up and do it..."

KRS-One and Marley Marl

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“An educator’s ability to recognize students’ cultural displays of learning and meaning making and responding positively and constructively with teaching moves that use cultural knowledge as a scaffold to connect what the student knows to new concepts and content in order to promote effective information processing. All the while, the educator understands the importance of being in relationship and having a social-emotional connection to the student in order to create a safe space for learning.”

Zaretta Hammond

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