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Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

How can teachers effectively engage with students from diverse backgrounds? It's a question many teachers face at the beginning of the school year, and of course, there isn't one prescribed strategy to use. Luckily, there are many useful resources to help new and veteran educators explore the subject.

If you're looking starting point, "How Can We Prepare Teachers to Work with Culturally Diverse Students and Their Families," an article from the Family Research Project at Harvard University, features insightful advice and useful tips from from leading diversity education leaders. One underlying message these researchers agree on is that communication plays an integral role, but there’s also insight into preparation, connecting with students, and building relationships with families.

Two other sources of inspiration are Yvonne Pratt-Johnson's article "Communicating Cross-Culturally: What Teachers Should Know" and the book excerpt from ASCD's "Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners." In addition to these two articles, here are a few other resources that will help educators develop inclusive learning environments and approach topics of race, gender equality, empathy, and bullying prevention during class.

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