Building Trust, Breaking Through

Listening, caring, building trust, and knowing each student individually. These are among the pillars of “culturally responsive teaching.” In this piece, we take you inside a classroom at O’Keeffe Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, to see how these strategies, and more, are helping students break through to become independent learners, prepared to succeed and defy the achievement gap. 



Intro/Outro music by MicroSchool students Cheviest and Montevious. 

Other music by Ryan Aranda. 

Thank you to 8th grade teacher Tracy Warnecke. 


Zaretta Hammond's Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain