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November 15, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm



DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy. What is it? Why is it important? And how can I put it into practice in my arts classroom?

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP) is a framework for the practice of teaching that was coined in recent years by Django Paris and emerged out of a lineage of Culturally Relevant and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy cultivated by Gloria Ladson-Billings, Geneva Gay, and others.

In a rapidly diversifying educational landscape, CSP proposes that school can be a place for sustaining, rather than eliminating, the cultural practices of communities of color. What does this mean in Minnesota, where roughly 34% of students identify as BIPOC, in contrast to only 5% of educators? And what does it look like in arts classrooms, where opportunities for students’ cultural expression may or may not be plentiful, and where educators’ identities may or may not align with their students?

Join us for a brief overview of the big ideas underpinning CSP, and leave with practical ideas about how to begin this challenging, rewarding, necessary work!


  • A Zoom link will be sent to those who have registered prior to the event.
  • Presenters for this virtual session are Mary Harding, Dance Education Specialist and Dr. Stephanie Lein Walseth, Theater Education Specialist.
  • This is the first of three sessions focused on cultural competency in arts teaching and learning.
  • A clock hours form will be provided following this session.