Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Time and time zone: 7:00 PM ET

Target audience: K–8 Educators


How can we create a community that welcomes all? How can we be culturally responsive in our classrooms throughout the year? In this webinar, Responsive Classroom consulting teachers will discuss the importance of recognizing and acknowledging the cultural differences that may exist in our classrooms today. They will share simple strategies for incorporating varying student backgrounds into the daily learning environment. 

Participants will . . .

  • Gain ideas and advice for supporting cultural diversity
  • Hear how educators bring the voices of students’ varying backgrounds into the learning and classroom community
  • Consider the benefits of valuing diversity in the classroom and school community



Earl Hunter II has been an educator his entire career. He spent many years as a dynamic elementary school teacher in California. Now a full-time education consultant, Earl travels throughout the United States leading engaging professional development for schools. Earl is a certified Responsive Classroom presenter and consultant, and a featured contributor to the book Teaching Self-Discipline. Earl lives in the Los Angeles area with his amazing family.




Ina Pannell-Saint Surin is a special education teacher with over twenty-seven years of experience teaching elementary and preschool-age children in New York City public and nonpublic schools. Ina is also a part-time consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. She recently received the honor of being nominated and accepted into the Academy of Teachers. When not teaching and presenting, Ina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dancing, and deepening her commitment to and work with culturally responsive teaching and antiracist education.


Christine Lewis is currently a fourth grade teacher in Maryland and a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. Over the last twelve years, Christine has taught in every grade from kindergarten through fourth, which led her to embrace the power of Responsive Classroom practices as a positive way to adjust her approach and match the developmental needs of each new homeroom class. When she’s not working, you will find Christine hiking, kayaking, or traveling the world with her extended family.



Katie Potter is the senior literacy manager at Lee & Low Books. She is responsible for writing and developing the rigorous Teacher’s Guides and educator resources for all frontlist titles, in addition to working with university professors and nonprofit organizations on how to incorporate diverse, multicultural literature into curricula and syllabi. Prior to joining Lee & Low, Katie worked as an educational researcher, teacher, and literacy instructor. Katie has a dual bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in childhood general education grades 1–6 and literacy from Bank Street College of Education.