Learning Café

Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Educator Preparation at the University of Pennsylvania

A teacher helping students with an assignment on a laptop.
March 2024 | EdPrepLab
A teacher helping students with an assignment on a laptop.

Educator preparation programs across the country are striving to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to enact equity-focused practices aligned with the science of learning and development (SoLD). Many competing and overlapping frameworks can guide the implementation of this work, yet the complexity can be overwhelming for programs. Attendees joined faculty and administrators from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education to learn about the challenges they have faced and the strategies they have used to incorporate culturally responsive and sustaining practices in four of their preparation programs. Speakers shared key learnings and implications and also share context for the upcoming EdPrepLab site visit on April 10, 2024.

  • Nicole Carl, Director of the Urban Teaching Residency, University of Pennsylvania
  • Christopher Dean, Director of the Urban Apprenticeship Program, University of Pennsylvania,
  • Charlotte Jacobs, Director of the Independent School Teaching Residency, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Jessica Richard, Associate Director of the School Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania
  • Patrick Sexton, Executive Director of Teacher Education Programs, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)

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