Language, Culture, & Diversity
Braiding Critical Frameworks for Social Justice: UDL, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and the Four Pillars
The Language, Culture, and Diversity program is a braided integration of three conceptual frameworks: Universal Design for All Learners (UDL), Four Pillars of Social Justice, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.
UDL principles are instructional design frameworks with guidelines that support teachers to develop instructional environments that maximize learning experiences and reach the variability of all learners in a classroom.
The Four Pillars of Social Justice focuses on culture, identity, language, and equity as integral parts of instructional design. Critically understanding cross-cultural perspectives helps teachers explore multiple perspectives, worldviews, and literacies in ways that represent the cultural variability of students in the classroom.
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy is designed to amplify the cultural variability of students using the lenses of critical consciousness, cultural competence, and academic excellence.