Unit 2 Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Now that you have a better understanding of what CRT is, this overview will guide you through the parts of the brain and how CRT supports cognitive development. As Zaretta Hammond points out, “It can feel a bit technical, but it’s necessary in order to establish a foundation for culturally responsive teaching.” You will also dig deeper into how to build learning partnerships with neuroscience as the foundation.


  • Apply principles of neuroscience to culturally responsive teaching

  • Discuss the implications of Hammond's ideas as they relate to your teaching practice

  • Create an informational presentation to “teach back” what you’ve learned

Read & View

  • Read Chapters 3 and 5-7 (pp. 36-51, 72-120) in Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond.

  • View Learned Helplessness video.

  • Optional Video: Watch Zaretta Hammonds webinar on her book to deepen your understanding of culturally responsive teaching and the brain.



1. Your task is to create a Google Slides presentation to “teach back” what you learned in these chapters and discuss the significance of neuroscience as they relate to the learning outcomes of Unit 1. Be sure to address the following points in your lesson or presentation:

  • Importance of understanding neuroscience and its influence on culture

  • Structures of the brain and their function

  • Culturally Responsive Brain Rules

  • Active processing

  • Neuroscience of information processing

  • Building intellective capacity

Your presentation will be evaluated using the rubric found here.

Email your assignment to your instructor with the subject CRT Unit 2 Assignment 1. Be sure to include your name.

2. Based on what you read in this unit, what you saw, and your own ability to think critically, in what ways does the information guide how you might change your teaching practice? How does the information support what you already do in your classroom? Do you agree or disagree with the ideas presented in this unit? Why or why not?

The rubric for this assignment can be found here.

Please submit your 1-2 page response to the instructor with the subject line: CRT Unit 2, Assignment 2, Last Name, First Name