Culturally and linguistically responsive communities connect a student’s social, cultural, family, and/or language background to what the student is learning and to their sense of belonging.

This environment nurtures this cultural and linguistic uniqueness and responds by creating conditions in which all students’ learnings are enhanced. A variety of culturally and linguistically responsive instruction and assessment practices make learning more engaging, relevant, and accessible for all students, as well as ensuring equitable outcomes for all.

Culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy (CRP) is teaching that connects a student’s social, cultural, family, or language background to what the student is learning; nurtures that cultural uniqueness; and responds by creating conditions in which the student’s learning is enhanced.

Nova Scotia will implement a culturally responsive pedagogy by:

  • providing all teachers with professional learning opportunities so that they have a common understanding of culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy and its importance 
  • developing curriculum and resources so that each student can relate their learning to their life experiences and cultural backgrounds
  • providing students with instruction and assessment based on a culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy  promoting common instructional strategies in minority-language pedagogy
  • supporting research in the area of minority-language pedagogy and literacy learning and achievement