Weeden Elementary recognized nationally for focus on cultural responsiveness and inclusivity

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FLORENCE — Weeden Elementary School received national recognition in August.


Principal Daphnae Hogan announced that the school was featured in the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Resource and the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition newsletter.


Weeden Elementary English Language Teacher Mónica Farris wrote and submitted the article titled “The Ripple Effect of Cultural Responsiveness.” The article covers how a collaborative connection between teachers, schools, parents, and local businesses helped celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity through Weeden’s annual Heritage Day.


“Because our classrooms are diverse and constantly changing, it is important to support cultural inclusiveness that reflects the current social context,” the article explains. “Cultural responsiveness requires that our teachers consider cultures and backgrounds of all students and provide them with literature that addresses the reality of today’s students.”


To view the complete WIDA Implementation Guide, click here. The article about Weeden begins on page 45.

Media Release/Jeremy Jackson/Florence City Schools
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