Culturally Responsive Teaching Professional Development Coming to USD

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- K-12 educators and University of South Dakota faculty and staff are invited to a workshop next month on the USD campus about multicultural education and culturally responsive teaching.

Geneva Gay, Ph.D., professor of education at the University of Washington-Seattle and a top scholar in the field, will lead the sessions in the Al Neuharth Center conference room. There is no cost to attend, but attendees must RSVP to by Friday, May 20.

The schedule:

  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8: Keynote address and dinner for K-12 educators and university faculty and staff.
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, June 9: Culturally responsive teaching workshop for university faculty and staff (lunch provided).
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, June 10: Culturally responsive teaching workshop for K-12 educators (refreshments provided).


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News