Approximately 750 staff of the Strait Regional Centre for Education (including all teachers, school administrators, teacher assistants, programs and student services staff and pre-primary program staff) as well as guests from the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, will take part in an exceptional learning opportunity focused on culturally responsive practices on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Dr. Sharroky Hollie, a leading researcher and practitioner in culturally responsive pedagogy and practices, will lead the day-long professional development session. The session will focus on increasing our understanding of what it means to be culturally responsive in meaningful ways, changing mindsets and developing skillsets; all of which will then be immediately used in classrooms and schools to support our students’ achievement and success.
“We are thrilled to have the expertise of Dr. Hollie to lead our staff in this very important training opportunity,” said Sharon MacCuspic, Director of Programs and Student Services, for the Strait Regional Centre for Education. Ms. MacCuspic explains that being culturally responsive is all about using the cultural knowledge, backgrounds, life experiences and learning styles of our diverse student population to make learning more relevant to and effective for them. “When our students feel a sense of belonging in a student-centred learning environment, they will become more engaged and successful at school,” said Ms. MacCuspic.
One of the goals included in the Strait Regional Centre for Education’s Educational Business Plan is to strengthen positive, safe and inclusive environments. To support this goal, a culturally responsive strategy has been developed for the Regional Centre. The training that staff will receive from Dr. Hollie will serve as the foundation for strengthening culturally responsive practices in our schools and certainly help us achieve this overarching goal.
Dr. Sharroky Hollie is a national educator who provides professional development to thousands of educators in the area of cultural responsiveness. Since 2000, Dr. Hollie has trained over 150,000 educators and worked in nearly 2000 classrooms. Going back 25 years, he has been a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a central office professional development coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District, a school founder and administrator, and university professor in teacher education at the Cal State University. Sharroky has also been a visiting professor for Webster University in St. Louis and a guest lecturer at Stanford and UCLA.
In addition to his experience in education, he has authored several texts and journal articles. Most recently, he wrote Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (2015) and contributed a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of African American Language (2015). Dr. Hollie's first book, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success was published in 2011, followed soon thereafter by The Skill to Lead, The Will to Teach, cowritten with Dr. Anthony Muhammad. Also, Dr. Hollie has been a contributing author with Pearson publishing in the Cornerstone and Keystone textbook series (2009), Prentice Hall Anthology(2012), and iLit e-series (2014). In 2003, he and two colleagues founded the Culture and Language Academy of Success, a laboratory school that demonstrated the principles of cultural responsiveness in an exemplary school wide model, which operated until 2013.