Who are we teaching, and how are we honoring students’ unique experiences? What strategies promote positive classroom culture in-person and online? How can we regularly support academic development for our students while staying connected with their social-emotional needs?

Culturally responsive teaching is all about considering who your learners are and how to incorporate their interests, experience, learning modality, and readiness into your learning experiences. In this session we unpack strategies for forming strong relationships, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in discussion of current events in ways that enable students to look at issues from multiple perspectives and think about how they can impact their world.

Each strategy will be examined through the needs of the myriad types of learners in our classrooms as well as age-levels, K-12. Additionally, we consider adaptations for various assets and needs of classroom contexts, such as time, cultural diversity, class size, teacher persona, and technology.

Learning outcomes:
  • Explore strategies for knowing students well, check-in's, student-student connection.
  • Discover more about mindfulness practices, positive affirmations, and failing forward.
  • Consider ways to support K-12 students in discussion of current events and reflection.
What can I do to incorporate more culturally responsive / sustaining teaching in my planning? What new and engaging strategies are a good fit for my students? How can I harness students’ innate curiosity about the world to promote action that extends and supports the curriculum? How do I make room for youth voice and choice even as I plan ahead?

While planning is critical, so is making sure students have opportunities as co-creators for what they study and how they apply their knowledge in a real world context. Based on what you know about your students, we give guidance on how to plan for appropriate content, process, and products that align with where students are and where you want them to go with their learning. All of this occurs with highly engaging experiences that strengthen competence and confidence as students grow and maintain joy as learners.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explore diverse approaches to collaborative planning.
  • Examine how to use assessment to inform planning in ways that are meaningful for your students.
  • Develop and expand Inquiry-Based Learning opportunities and highly engaging research methods that put student voice first and emphasize specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Cathryn and Maureen have been collaborating on professional development for over 20 years. Both are former classroom educators. While Maureen has now moved into teacher education, both Cathryn and Maureen have traveled the globe to provide high impact learning opportunities for educators that translate immediately into practical teaching strategies. Both have authored books that draw upon their relationships with educators and students from around the globe. Engaging in PD with us is like stepping into a room with 50-100 mentor teachers. See more at (for Cathryn) and (for Maureen)
Cathryn Berger Kaye
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., founder of CBK Associates, is an international education consultant, who gladly shares her expertise on service learning, effective approaches to teaching and learning, dynamic advisory programs, organizational development, innovative curriculum design, and social and emotional development to schools, universities and organizations worldwide. She is known for her engaging style of presentation whether during a conference keynote, a multi-day education institute, or on-site school workshop always providing theoretical frameworks with practical applications. A former teacher, Cathryn is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning available in English and Chinese, two books with environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau, and numerous articles and book chapters. While her home is in Los Angeles California, Cathryn considers being a global citizen a critical concept to pass on to youth, so we protect our planet and take everyday actions to benefit others. Cathryn’s bring lengthy experience consulting with the IBO as a lead co-author of the CAS Guide for the Diploma Programme and significant elements of the Career-Related Programme.

CBK Associates consultants, located around the globe, bring expertise on all the topics mentioned above plus youth leadership and JEDI-justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. CBK Associates consultations, whether virtual or in person, are known for being custom-designed for a genuine response to school and organization priorities and to bring joy to every learning opportunity. Learn more at
Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor of Education at The College of New Jersey and consultant for CBK Associates. Her expertise includes service learning, curriculum development, literacy, standards, and assessment. She is the author of four books including Adaptable Teaching: 30 Practical Strategies for All School Contexts, the first in the Building Your Teaching Toolbox series written with Jonathan Ryan Davis. Maureen taught high school for 15 years and coordinated a service learning program for the New York Metropolitan area before moving into higher education. She has been awarded the title of Honoree for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educatorof the Year, granted the LEAD Award in Education by St.John’s University, and she was selected by Teachers for the Global Classroom for an international fellowship in Morocco.

Maureen’s international experience also includes teaching and professional development in India, Ghana, Peru, Spain, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Japan. Maureen believes that at the core of her profession is developing purposeful learning that opens students’ eyes to the potential for activating change in themselves and in their local, national, and global communities.

29th April & 6th May 2023

Each Session is for 2 Hours

India 5:30 am | Hong Kong 8:00 am | Melbourne 10:00 am
Correspondence to 28th April, 5th May 2023
San Francisco 5.00 pm | New York 8:00 pm

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USD 300 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 5 Professional Development Hours
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