Culturally Relevant RTI: Definition of Culture Part 2

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Dwayne D. Williams speaks at the Illinois Association of School Social Workers conference on the topic of Culturally Relevant Response to Intervention (RTI). This discussion is part 2 of an eight part series. In this workshop, Dwayne talks about culturally relevant models, and explain that, one of the most important components of these models is understanding myths that are related to race and culture. He addresses the myths related to race and culture, including believing that “all” African-American students come from “Black” culture; the myth of Essentialism the idea that group members share characteristics that are “essential” to them, characteristics that are believed to be innate qualities (Black people have rhythm, Black males are naturally cool, Black people are loud, etc.,); and the myth of Determinism — the belief that culture determines how we will act. Dwayne explains that, when we do not address myths that are related to race and culture, then we place ourselves at risk for creating “culturally relevant RTI models” that are stereotypical and prejudicial. Dwayne D. Williams is the leading consultant on culturally relevant RTI models that integrate African-American culture. He is a school psychologist and CEO at Tier 1 Educational Coaching and Consulting Firm, which is an organization that helps school districts create RTI models that are culturally relevant.


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