Toward a more culturally responsive classroom

I went to elementary school with many other Lao students and we were able to speak Lao and play Lao games during recess; however, teachers who were not culturally responsive stigmatized maintaining that part of my identity. They operated from within their realm of knowing, one that was often upholding the status quo. What I’m trying to say is my schooling experience was negative because of the lack of culturally responsive practices. We need to develop learning environments in which our kids can be valued, empowered, and supported. We can achieve that, in part, through culturally responsive teaching practices. Continue Reading

Heritage Day: Our Folklore – Hmong Minnesota Student Association presents their annual musical this Saturday

I am invited (as are you) to an annual event by the Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA) at the University of Minnesota: Peb Zaj Dab Neeg, Our Folklore. It’s a musical completely produced by students to include an extravaganza of singing, dancing, acting, and poetry. It takes place this Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the St. Paul Student Center’s Northstar Ballroom (2017 Buford Ave., St Paul, MN, 55108) from 12pm to 4pm. It’s completely free and open to the public. Continue Reading