100Kin10 Project Team: Developing Strategies to Advance Personally Relevant Pedagogy

Updated: November 11, 2018

- Download the write-up of this team's final project, which shares the differences between Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Personally Relevant Pedagogy, and includes examples, exercises, and tools to implement and increase understanding of PRP.

This Project Team worked to engage in dialogue and practice around personally relevant pedagogy and “culture” as an individual interpretation of life experiences to promote learning environments where the linking of content to context becomes a primary pathway towards academic growth. Team members include the Tom Joyner Foundation, ExpandED School, National Math and Science Initiative, KQED, and American Federation of Teachers.

Notions of culturally relevant pedagogy can often be marred with stereotypical, group-based identities that become barriers to productive teaching and learning. We are all unique individuals with ways of thinking, learning and living that vary within and outside of group identifiers.  

It is believed that this work, through the staff development strategies that will emerge, will increase each teacher’s ability to connect STEM concepts to the knowledge base that each student currently embrace.