N T A Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 23, No. 1 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor SALLY RUSHMORE Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF LAURIE QUAY EMILY ZOSS Art Director CHUCK JARRELL NTA Advisors THERESA BECCATELLI HEATHER COWHERD ROBERT GRIGGS MADELINE KOVARIK LISA MURLEY ROBIN QUICK ADRIENNE LORMÉ REDDY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE SCHAEFER TINA SNOW NICHOLAS J. ULIANO JACQUELINE VIGOTTY CREATE Harmony in Your Culturally Diverse Class By Nichole Wangsgard STRATEGIES: CULTURE & ELLS ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $12.00, members, per year, $20.00 for 2 years; $15.00, nonmembers, $25.00 for 2 years. Single copies, $3.50 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2015 Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. Today’s diverse classroom is like a symphony orchestra equipped with 25 kinds of instruments played by 25 different professional musicians. Just like the symphony, students in today’s diverse classroom will come from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The perfect sound of a symphony is created after the conductor understands and attends to each musician’s needs and strengths. Like a conductor creates beautiful music, you can CREATE harmony in your culturally diverse class if you teach in a culturally responsive manner, taking the time to understand and attend to each student’s needs and strengths. Culturally responsive teachers use cultural knowledge, prior experiences, performance styles, and the frames of references of their diverse learners as means for teaching them more effectively.