Expanding Equity and Honoring Student Cultures
All students should feel welcomed and valued in their classrooms. As educators, when we focus on equity, we have opportunities to increase student success and decrease obstacles for our students. At Lexia®, we have expanded the idea of equity into three parts: instructional equity, digital equity, and cultural equity. These three interlocking aspects of equity work together to help us better understand how to meet the needs of each of our students.
Cultural equity requires a respect for students’ heritage languages and cultural and family backgrounds, particularly Emergent Bilingual and multilingual students. Students from other countries and all abilities enrich our classrooms if we recognize and celebrate them. For students to learn, they must feel welcome and valued for their strengths. By incorporating cultural equity into our literacy instruction, every student will receive what they need to be successful.
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