This guide can be used as a planning tool to create a variety of learning experiences from lessons and units in schools to professional development sessions for educators, museum and community-based educational experiences, and many other forms of curriculum.
Our approach is grounded in our framework and begins with the recognition that good teaching is always developed in relationship to the students that we teach, the community that in which we teach, the culture of our schools and classrooms, as well as the academic disciplines and courses in which lessons are delivered and designed.
We seek to promote educational experiences that are both culturally relevant and responsive. We recognize that quality curriculum has to center the students we are teaching and the community in which we are teaching. It is almost a cliché, but it is important to remember that our students are not empty vessels waiting to be filled up, they are people who come with knowledge and experiences that are vital to the interplay of teaching and learning. The relevance of what we teach is found in the bridges between our students, their communities and the world in which all live.