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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Diversity

Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes

The most important conversations are often also the most difficult to have! Learn how to start a constructive dialogue about race in your classroom with these tips and tricks.

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3 Strategies for Authentic Race, Class, and Gender Discussions

When discussing potentially divisive issues, create an environment that supports agreement, guide the conversation with thoughtful questions, and actively listen to what others say.

Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.

Preparing for Diversity: Resources for Teachers

How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Here, blogger Matt Davis rounds up some helpful links for teachers.

Silence is Not Golden: Speaking Up and Coming Out as a Teacher

Recalling his reaction to student hate messages, guest blogger Chris Friend considers how he could have reframed the incident as a teachable moment, and how 'coming out' can be a valuable model for identity issues.

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Shifting Mental Models in Educators

When we recognize a mental model surfacing that doesn't seem to be of service, either in ourselves or in another, here are some approaches for shifting it.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes

The most important conversations are often also the most difficult to have! Learn how to start a constructive dialogue about race in your classroom with these tips and tricks.

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Deconstructing Blackness

When discussing race and ethnicity with students, accept without assuming, listen to their voices, remain open to opportunities, and facilitate thoughtful conversations.

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Empowering Educators Through Cultural Competence

We're teaching students, not just curriculum, so cultural competence should equal professional competence, especially with students who don't share our background or level of privilege.

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Quick, Draw a Scientist!

As long as science is perceived as geeky, U.S. students are less likely to embrace STEM subjects. They need to reimagine what scientists look like.

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6 Edtech Tools for Black History Month

Tools like More Than a Mapp and Digital Backpack Classroom let students access archives, galleries, and databases during and beyond Black History Month.

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3 Strategies for Authentic Race, Class, and Gender Discussions

When discussing potentially divisive issues, create an environment that supports agreement, guide the conversation with thoughtful questions, and actively listen to what others say.

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How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

To enhance classroom culture, use a listening circle to build respect, deepen trust, and share humor. Prompt your students thoughtfully, and record your observations afterward.

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Celebrating Your School's Cultural Diversity

To plan and manage a vibrant Culture Night, anchor the ideas in social studies curriculum, involve the community, and make sure there's food!

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Seven Ideas for Revitalizing Multicultural Education

Andrew Miller shares seven authentic ideas he gleaned from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) conference on becoming a culturally responsive educator.

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Helping Diverse Learners Succeed

It's critical to understand the diverse learners in your classroom as people, and to share enough for them to understand you as a person.

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For Engaging Projects, Connect Learning to Students’ Lives

Blogger Suzie Boss highlights projects that link students' learning directly to their lives.

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"The Class" - A Film to Teach and Inspire

Mark Phillips draws compelling case studies (for both students and teachers) from a masterful French film about the tensions and possibilities in a multicultural classroom.

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Welcoming Immigrant Students Into the Classroom

Since all immigrant children are guaranteed K-12 access under U.S. law, let's build relationships with students and their families, as well as relevant, inclusive curriculum.

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