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About The Book

Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain
by Zaretta Hammond

A bold, brain-based teaching approach to culturally responsive instruction

 The achievement gap remains a stubborn problem for educators of culturally and linguistically diverse students. With the introduction of the rigorous Common Core State Standards, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement and facilitating deeper learning

Culturally responsive pedagogy has shown great promise in meeting this need, but many educators still struggle with its implementation. In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.

The book includes:

  • Information on how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships
  • Ten “key moves” to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners
  • Prompts for action and valuable self-reflection

With a firm understanding of these techniques and principles, teachers and instructional leaders will confidently reap the benefits of culturally responsive instruction.

Online Courses with the Author

Learn the pedagogy, methodology, and practical uses for the techniques and principles shared in the book.



Virtual Meet Ups

Come join other educators who are interested in building their will, skill, knowledge and capacity to become more culturally responsive.

Using Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, we will do mini-lesson on a key CRT practice and answer questions as critical friends.

Two opportunities:

Thursday, June 29th 10 – 11:30am (Pacific)

Friday, August 11th 10-11:30am (Pacific)




Coaching Toward Cultural Responsiveness is a 8-week professional learning program designed for instructional coaches who have been charged with supporting teachers to implement culturally responsive teaching in their classrooms. The curriculum is based on the bestselling book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain and is aligned with the Standards for the Teaching Profession.



CLICK HERE to Download the most popular resources from trainings and workshops Zaretta has delivered on the topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching.

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