Granite School District offers REACH training for its teachers and administrators. The three day training focuses on effective strategies which will enable all students to increase their academic learning in a culturally responsive classroom.
REACH Basic Principles
- Multiple Perspectives
- Culture is Something Everybody Has
- Building Cultural Bridges
“When there are walls of ignorance between people, when we don’t know each other’s stories, we substitute our own myth about who that person is. When we are operating with only a myth, none of that person’s truth will ever be known to us and we will injure them – mostly without ever meaning to. What assumption did you make because she is a woman? What assumption did you make because he is Black? What myths were built around the neighborhood listed on the application? What myths were built around the employment of the father or the absence of the mother? What story did we tell ourselves in the absence of knowing this person’s real story?”
Paula Lawrence Wehmiller
Harvard Educational Review, Fall 1993