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Culturally Responsive Practices in Wisconsin: Results from a Study of a Professional Development Training Program (Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Location: Society for Research in Child Development 2021 Biennial Meeting (virtual, available on demand)


There are disparities in educational achievement between Black and White students across the country. These disparities are apparent as early as preschool and persist throughout K–12 education. In Wisconsin, the achievement gap between Black and White students is larger than in all other states. To provide training on culturally responsive practices, the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center began offering the Building Culturally Responsive Systems professional development program in 2013/14 with funding from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This program trains teachers and administrators in culturally responsive practices. This study examined the uptake and implementation of the program for culturally responsive practices in Wisconsin and will provide information to education leaders and the program developers about participation in the program to inform further research and development of the program. Specifically, this study examined the characteristics of schools that participated in the program and the relationship between program participation and school outcomes.

Partnership: Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance

Speaker: Jameela Conway-Turner, Ph.D., Researcher, REL Midwest

Resource: Participation in a Professional Development Program on Culturally Responsive Practices in Wisconsin report