“As an extension of our core values of equity and empathy, culturally responsive learning must be woven into everything we do: the curriculum that we build, the professional learning we provide teachers, and the training we provide our employees who are the heart and soul of our organization.” — Bethlam Forsa, CEO of Savvas Learning Company

At Savvas, we believe culturally responsive learning is critical in helping ensure all learners succeed. It increases engagement and achievement by giving students a voice and agency, and allowing them to see themselves reflected in what they learn, as well as helping teachers set high expectations for all learners.

That is why we have launched our Culturally Responsive Learning Initiative. Our work will support teachers in making real changes in their classroom practices and encourage them to welcome a diverse array of voices and opinions. It will also focus on enhancing diversity and inclusion within the Savvas workforce. Elevating perspectives and creating a culture of belonging begins with a basic understanding that our differences are assets that we should recognize and honor.

To help guide Savvas in advancing culturally responsive learning within our products and services and throughout our organization, we created a Culturally Responsive Learning Advisory Board made up of educators and advocates with subject matter expertise.

 

Meet the Savvas Culturally Responsive Learning Advisory Board Members

 

Meet the Savvas Culturally Responsive Learning Advisory Board Members

Our Culturally Responsive Learning Advisory Board is comprised of prominent education scholars, researchers, former teachers, and advocates whose role is to provide insight and expertise in helping Savvas develop and deliver on culturally responsive learning through a holistic, research-based, and authentic approach. This diverse group of experts offers a wide range of viewpoints and knowledge on a variety of culturally responsive topics.

 
Cati V. de los Ríos, Ph.D.

Cati V. de los Ríos, Ph.D.

is an assistant professor of literacy, reading, and bi/multilingual education at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former ESL, Spanish, and ethnic studies public high school teacher in Calif. and Mass.

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D.

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D.

is Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the original author on culturally responsive education and currently writes about culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory.

Ernest Morrell, Ph.D.

Ernest Morrell, Ph.D.

is an award-winning literacy education scholar and the author of two core Savvas programs, myView Literacy and myPerspectives English Language Arts.

 
 
Theresa Santos-Volpe

Theresa Santos-Volpe

is an LGBTQ+ family advocate and consultant, journalist, and children’s book author. She also has 28 years of educational publishing experience.

Kate Seltzer, Ph.D.

Kate Seltzer, Ph.D.

is an assistant professor of sociolinguistics and ESL education at Rowan University. She is also a former New York City ELA teacher.