Virginia Department of Education Presentation Sources Critical Race Theory for “Culturally Responsive Teaching”

Presentation Given by Maria Burgos, Supervisor of Global Learning & Culturally Responsive Instruction, Prince William County Public Schools and “Equity and Inclusion” Director, Prince William County

 

Despite claims that components of Critical Race Theory have not been injected into Virginia and Prince William County Public Schools, a presentation given on March 9th, 2021 by Maria Burgos, Supervisor of Global Learning & Culturally Responsive Instruction, Prince William County Public Schools and “Equity and Inclusion” Director of Prince William County, has revealed the opposite.

The full presentation, which can be viewed here is 82 minutes in length. Ms. Burgos’s presentation begins at around the 29 minute mark with a matrix detailing “The Continuum of School Equity from Monocultural to Fully Inclusive Learning Environments” which forms the basis of what the Virginia Department of Education says is Culturally Responsive Teaching. Proficiency in “Culturally Responsive Teaching” was added by the Virginia State Board of Education as a requirement in performance standards and evaluation criteria in March of this year.

In the matrix (as seen in the screenshot above and in the video presentation) Ms. Burgos cites adopted sources, including “Understanding and dismantling racism: the twenty-first century challenge to white America. Minneapolis Fortress Press. Critical Race Theory Today (n.d.) Critical Race Theory (Third Edition) 113-151. Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders (2nd ed.)”.

Public education officials, left-of-center politicians, and collaborative media outlets routinely claim that Culturally Responsive Teaching, not Critical Race Theory, is being taught in Virginia and Prince William County Public Schools. Ms. Burgos’s presentation reveals that Critical Race Theory is in fact the foundation for Culturally Responsive Teaching.

 

– Coles District Staff

 

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