Preparing for Diversity: Resources for TeachersAugust 29, 2013 | Matt Davis
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 solution.
If you're looking for answers, start first with How Teachers Can Prepare to Work with Culturally Diverse Students and Their Families, an article from the Family Research Project at Harvard University. Highlighting research from leading diversity education leaders, the article touches on tips and strategies teachers can use in the classroom. Of all the responses, researchers agree that communication plays an integral role, but there’s also insight into preparation, connecting with students and building relationships with families.
It's just one of many great resources online that will help educators prepare for diverse classrooms. Here's a few others that will get you started in welcoming students, as well as approaching the subjects of race, gender equality and bullying in class.
- Rethinking Conversations on Race Among Educators, Jose Vilson
- Seven Ideas for Revitalizing Multicultural Education, Andrew Miller
- Creating an Anti-Racist Classroom, Danielle Moss Lee
- Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply, Homa Tavangar