Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, intercultural understanding, and you

This workshop will explore who you are as an educator and how your identities influence your pedagogies and relationships with learners. Join expert teacher Karen Devonish-Mazzotta on a journey into Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy. Together, we will take a deep dive into Intercultural Awareness and Understanding and explore the important connections between the tenets of Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy, Intercultural Understanding and Awareness and our language curricula (English and French). Learn how to infuse these approaches in your classroom practices to enhance your teaching.


Karen Devonish-Mazzotta has been teaching FSL for 27 years with the Toronto District School Board. She has an M.A. in Second Language Learning from the University of Toronto. As a reviewer for the Ontario Ministry of Education, Karen has conducted Equity and Bias checks for several curriculum documents in both English and French. In 2021, Karen received the McGillivray Award from CPF Ontario, given to individuals who have actively promoted the development of French Second Language (FSL) learning in Ontario. Karen has an active schedule as an Additional Qualifications instructor for various providers in Ontario. Presently Karen is a Teacher-Librarian with the Toronto District School Board and serves as a Course Director/Practicum Facilitator with York University’s Faculty of Education FSL Teacher Candidate cohort.


Presentation Slide Deck

How to Teach Students Who Don’t Like You – Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies – 2nd Edition by Bonnie M. Davis.

 La Pratique Anti-Oppressive: Un Guide Pour Passer De La Theorie A L’Acation – Partie 1 – A practical guide to creating an inclusive classroom.

L’iceberg de l’identite – Grade 4 Core French Lesson plan.

The Equity Literacy Framework – Comprehensive approach for creating equitable schools.

They’re not too young to talk about race – graphic supporting introductions on when to talk about race with children (primary)

Challenge the Text – Challenge the Text helps students ask and answer their own text-dependent questions by taking multiple perspectives and uncovering assumptions and biases within the text.

Building Critical Consciousness: Support for Developing Learning Resources and Well-being Experiences: Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression – multiple equity resources and toolkits for educators to use in the classroom.

Language Friendly Wall – by Serena Quintal – examples of how to incorporate multi-lingual students into the classroom

Je suis – lesson plan on two essential elements of FSL curriculum; Intercultural Understanding and Awareness.

Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books by Louise Derman-Sparks. Provides steps to selecting inclusive children’s books.


From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces – A New Way to Frame Dialogue Around Diversity and Social Justice by Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens

The Intersectionality Wars by Jane Coaston. A conversation with Kimberle Crenshaw.

Developing the Intercultural Dimension in Language Teaching – A practical introduction for Teachers by Michael Byram, Bella Gribkova and Huge Starkey

But That’s Just Good Teaching! By Gloria Ladson-Billings on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.

Elusive Culture Schooling, Race, and Identity in Global Times by Daniel A. Yon. An ethnographic study of a high school in Toronto

Multicultural Literacy – Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors by Rudin Sims Bishop

Leaning Skills, System Equity, and Implicit Bias Within Ontario, Canada by Gillian Parkeh, Robert S. Brown, and Samuel Zheng