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Complete Director’s Reflection:

Preschool Culturally Responsive Practices

Scribbles Preschool Classroom Description

The preschool class at Scribbles Early Learning Program includes many children and families who speak more than one language and call many countries in the world home. The teachers within the classroom have worked extensively to incorporate culturally responsive practices. The information provided below includes a summary of the classroom environment, curriculum, and teaching practices. The books and pictures displayed not only include and reflect the cultural diversity present within their classroom, but incorporate cultural diversity within the larger community. Visual representations include children and families from multiple cultural backgrounds, living in varied authentic dwellings, and engaging in activities that are authentic in cultural representations. For example, pictures on the walls include pictures brought in by families that are meaningful to them, and all of the children in the classroom can see their smiling faces in photos throughout the classroom, and also the faces of family members that are dear to them. Photographs are displayed throughout that highlight common community activities, and include photos from local parks, pools, and sports fields. The teachers have worked to incorporate historical representations of various cultures, including saris and babushkas. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, pictorial representations and books depict the first Thanksgiving, highlighting Native Americans and pilgrims, as well as beloved stories of Santa Claus. The kids really look forward to the Cinco de Mayo celebration the class has each year, and the teachers use the opportunity to teach the children about Mexican culture. Holidays, according to the teachers, are one of the most important ways that the children learn about different cultures and these are the holidays they have chosen to joyfully commemorate year after year. The teachers also have many activities planned during February that highlight black history. During that month, the focus is learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which the children seem to enjoy. The teachers are committed to supporting the home languages of children within the classroom community. Each teacher learns basic vocabulary in the varied languages represented in the classroom, including greetings and basic requests/responses. Materials, such as books, are selected and rotated based on the diversity of languages spoken in the classroom, and songs and music that reflect each child’s home culture are included as background music or as a part of morning meeting group activities. Careful attention is devoted to representing males and females engaging in a variety of different roles both in and out of the home, and art materials included ensure that children can authentically represent their races/ethnicities in artistic representation. Once a year, the teachers have a family night, where they create wonderful dishes re


Director’s Reflection:

Preschool Culturally Responsive Practices

Here’s why what you are doing is so important!

(Explain the importance of culturally responsive practices in supporting positive identity development and social competence in young children. 1-2 paragraphs)

This is what I observed as your strengths and areas that need improvement.

(Analyze cultural responsiveness with regard to the environment, curriculum, and as demonstrated through teaching practices by explaining three strengths and three opportunities for improvement you observed in the preschool classroom related to culturally responsive practices that support young children and their families. 1-2 pages).

Here are my recommendations.

three evidence-based strategies with rationales that would strengthen culturally responsive practices within the classroom 
overall AND 
three evidence-based strategies that address the areas that need improvement. 
Supportive research must be included. 1-2 pages)