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Culturally Responsive Evaluation: Empowering Educators of Color to Share their Voice 

01-11-2019 12:07

Researchers and practitioners are engaged in critical dialogue about how an explicit focus on equity and inclusion can address the relative lack of diversity and cultural relevance in environmental education, particularly amongst educators and organization leaders. A Bay Area partnership of environmental education organizations is creating professional learning opportunities, materials and tools to support re-thinking how organizations recruit and retain educators of color. This case example discusses how a culturally responsive design process ensures that the evaluation and project are responsive to its audience. The paper will describe how the evaluation brought forward an important narrative about how stakeholders, within a similar space, can hold very different perspectives about equity and inclusion. The use of a culturally responsive lens and the participation of the evaluator in the design process empowered different perspectives to find voice by creating a space to share their authentic, lived experiences about equity and inclusion.

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Researchers and practitioners are engaged in critical dialogue about how an explicit focus on equity and inclusion can address the relative lack of diversity and cultural relevance in environmental education, particularly amongst educators and organization leaders. A Bay Area partnership of environmental education organizations is creating professional learning opportunities, materials and tools to support re-thinking how organizations recruit and retain educators of color. This case example discusses how a culturally responsive design process ensures that the evaluation and project are responsive to its audience. The paper will describe how the evaluation brought forward an important narrative about how stakeholders, within a similar space, can hold very different perspectives about equity and inclusion. The use of a culturally responsive lens and the participation of the evaluator in the design process empowered different perspectives to find voice by creating a space to share their authentic, lived experiences about equity and inclusion.