Culturally Responsive Education

New York State’s public school student population is among the most racially and socioeconomically diverse in the United States.
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Statewide, enrollment data shows public school students are 45% white, 26% Latinx, 18% Black, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander, 2% multiracial, and 1% Native American.

Spencerport Central Schools are not as diverse compared to these state figures, however a comparison of data from 2000-01 to 2017-18 shows our population has changed to reflect more student diversity:                                                                                       

 Population  2000-01  2017-18
 White    92.5%     81%
 Latinx      1.4%     
 Asian/Pacific Islander      2.5%       2%
 Black/African American 
     3.5%       5%
 Multiracial  no data       5%

What is CRE?
Culturally responsive education is an approach that recognizes the importance of including various cultural references in all aspects of learning, and Spencerport understands its responsibility in becoming more inclusive in all our district and school instruction and engagement practices.

This web section is dedicated to the work we are doing around Culturally Responsive Education, including instructional efforts, professional development, and implementation. We will also provide important resources and updates, so please keep checking back.

Questions or feedback? Please email us at this link.

Spencerport held a series of summits to gain student perspectives on culturally responsive education in our district. In addition, students helped to define the following terms as we move forward with this work.

Equal Learning Opportunity (much like an Equal Opportunity Employment Statement)

Spencerport Central Schools is an equal opportunity educational system and will work to ensure that our curriculum and instructional materials reflect the needs of our students.  The responsibility of education throughout the Spencerport learning community involves making connections and providing students opportunities to enhance their personal and academic well-being.  Spencerport is responsible for educating each and every student through a culturally responsive approach to provide equity and access for all.

EDI Statements:
Equity - Equitable access and personalized opportunities to every stakeholder in the Spencerport learning community.
Diversity – Continuously valuing, reflecting, and acknowledging the differences among the stakeholders here in Spencerport including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, customs, gender, physical appearance, religion, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation.
Inclusion – Every Spencerport student and family feels valued, welcomed, and accepted  throughout the learning community.

Culturally Responsive Education, powerpoint presentation from Superintendent's Conference Day, Oct. 11, 2019.

Culturally Responsive-
Sustaining Education Framework

New York State
Education Dept.
Mar., 2019 
A White Teacher grapples with his Privilege
by Colin Turner
Education Week
Sep., 2019
Implicit Bias Test
by Harvard for
Project Implicit
Everyone has invisible bias
Jacquelyn Whiting
Sep., 2019
 Student video:
"In their own Words"

Democrat and Chronicle
Dec. 16, 2018
 A Look at Race Relations through
a Child's Eyes

CNN Anderson Cooper
Apr, 2012
What is Privilege?
Jul., 2015
#HatchKids discuss Microaggressions
SheKnows Media
Feb. 2015
White Fragility
Debunking the most common myths

video by Robin DiAngelo/NBC News
Sep., 2018
White Fragility article
by Robin DiAngelo
International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 2011

Contact us:

Ty Zinkiewich, Asst. Superintendent for Instruction, is leading our Culturally Responsive Education efforts. To contact his office, please call 349-5130 or email