Culturally-Responsive Teacher Preparation Camp

May 6 - June 8, 2021     |     Dr. Sharon Knight

  • Up to 40 STARS/MERIT hours available!
  • Virtual sessions (live & asynchronous)
  • Open to all early educators serving children birth-to-5

A 6-week deep dive into culturally-responsive teaching practices led by Dr. Sharon Knight. A cohort of 50 educators will participate in this ongoing series together, with access to 10 live & asynchronous training sessions as well as individualized support from Dr. Knight over the course of the 6-week camp. 

Dates (live & asynchronous):

  • May 6, Thursday

  • May 11, Tuesday

  • May 13, Thursday

  • May 18, Tuesday (Independent-Assignments and Observations)

  • May 18, Tuesday

  • May 25, Tuesday (Independent-Assignments and Observations)

  • May 25, Tuesday

  • May 27, Thursday

  • June 1,  Tuesday (Independent-Assignments and Observations)

  • June 8, Tuesday

Course Description:

It is evident, during a pandemic and social unrest, that the learning process goes on for our children and those who care for and teach them. Consequently, imagine, when COVID-19 hit, as an educator you had the tools to do exactly what was needed to immediately support your children and families, community, and your own needs in a manner that left everyone feeling confident, hopeful, and safe. Think about it. Today, its COVID-19. Next year it might be Seattle’s BIG earthquake. Will you be prepared, based on the lessons learned from a diversity of experiences and impact, or will you find yourself floundering and reacting?


C-RTC CAMP is about supporting you as an in-service or pre-service education professional with your capacity to be proactive, not a reactionary multicultural educator. Thus, in this CAMP you are introduced to a culturally responsive framework that integrates real time events. Fittingly, this specific CAMP uses the lenses of COVID-19 and race and social justice as guides to support you in developing your capacity to steer away from crisis management, grand narrative reactions, and survival teaching. In this CAMP, you can expect to engage in cross-cultural conversations; examine personal and professional impact of COVID-19 and social unrest; and explore a practice-based, culturally responsive framework that uses best practice, multicultural education, and wellness goals for mastering the art of culturally responsive, proactive teaching.       


In real time, the culturally responsive framework meets you where you are at as a professional, in that it encourages you to set personal and/or professional goals that are achievable, appropriate, meaningful, practical, realistic, and relative. Your professional development goals may focus on your attitude, children and families, colleagues, community, curriculum, environment, resources, and/or yourself-needs. Whatever your focus you can anticipate developing your capacity for anyone or several of the following outcomes:


Creates age and developmentally appropriate multicultural learning curricula and environments

Reflects on instructional practices and make culturally responsive modifications to produce a climate of caring

Engages, constructively in cross-cultural relationships with children and families, colleagues, and community

Administers best practice, equity-driven, and multidimensional approaches to learning and/or resources

Teaches children from impartial and nonjudgmental perspectives about equity, diversity, inclusion, and RSJ

Executes self-care and wellness practices as an ECE professional

Draws from a diversity of current/historical events to promote meaningful learning and teachable moments

Dr. Sharon Knight Bio:

WHO AM I: Dr. Sharon Knight. My love and passion for education, people, and social justice, made me who I am today: A skilled multicultural educator, servant leader, and unwavering race and social justice activist.

WHAT I DO: Via lenses of spirituality, civic responsibility, and wellness, I engage customers in meaningful, multicultural, and multidimensional experiences. Such opportunities guide them down pathways that support them in discovering their passion, pursuing their purpose, mastering their craft, and becoming holistic contributing multicultural beings.

WAY I GET IT DONE: Six strategies:

  1. Administer a “No blame, no shame,” strength-based approach

  2. Deliver, through the lens of race and social justice, datadriven and research-based practices

  3. Support, holistic (body, culture, mind, and spirit) individual and collective development

  4. Reflect, critically with a focus on systems management and with the vision, mission, goals, outcomes, and impact in mind

  5. Apply culturally relevant, multidimensional approaches to meet multiple intelligences, learning preference and styles, and personality types of diverse learning populations

  6. Commit to maintaining servant leadership principles and practices