Report of Regents P-12 Education/Higher Education Joint Meeting Committee to The Board of Regents
Your P-12 Education and Higher Education Committees held their scheduled meeting on January 22, 2018. All members were present, except for Vice Chancellor Brown, Regent Norwood and Regent Johnson, who were excused.
MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
Update on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Practices [P-12/HE (D) 1] – the Committee was provided with an update an update on work that is currently planned for Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Practices. The goal of the Board and the Department is for cultural responsiveness to be infused into all district and school instruction and engagement practices. New York will develop resources related to this work from the ground up. A draft definition of culturally responsive education was presented to the Board in December, and this definition will be refined to reflect current thinking in culturally responsive education. The Department also plans to develop a set of principles and a framework for culturally responsive education and practices at multiple levels of the education system, including at the district, school, and classroom levels and including the Department.
The Department will convene an advisory group made up of leaders in the field of cultural responsiveness to inform and guide the development of this work. The advisory group will help the Department to develop its set of principles that will in turn guide the framework for culturally responsive practices. The Department will also develop materials and resources for educators and parents, and a comprehensive implementation plan, including strategies for professional development and parent and family engagement. Feedback will be collected from offices within the Department, district leaders, educators, parents, students, and the broader education community, and then incorporated into the framework to ensure that it captures as much stakeholder input as possible.