Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Literacy Studies: Reading (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Nancy DeFrance

Academic Year



Research reiterates the importance of implementing culturally responsive teaching and learning. Today, African American students and their families are in critical need for schools and teachers to support and implement characteristics of culturally responsive teaching and learning. The regular, standard curriculum is not benefitting African American students, as they are unable to make personal connections to their learning. In order to fully meet the needs of African American students, it is imperative that the teaching methods and the curriculum taught incorporate the cultural background and home lives of these students. It is important to note that the teaching workforce is composed of white, middle-class women whose cultural backgrounds differ greatly from the African American students they educate. It is also part of the educator’s responsibility to remain positive and open to educating students who differ from their own cultural background, so as to provide African American students the best environment in which to learn and succeed.