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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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Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom

Teachers must recognize and empower students with backgrounds different from their own, including their voices in the conversation and validating their experiences and perspectives.

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Education Equity: Tackling the Term "At Risk"

Given the opportunity, any student will rise to the level of expectations. Providing students with many opportunities to do so is the key.

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Listening Dyads Can Transform Your Team

Dyadic communication paired with Constructivist Listening presents a unique, healthy way for teachers to integrate their emotional selves with their professional selves.

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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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Race and Violence Should Be a School-Wide Subject

School leaders should develop a coherent, community-derived message and model for discussing the intersection of race and violence in our society.

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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.

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How Teachers Can Help Girls Lead

Based on recent findings, a report offers three recommendations as to how teachers, schools, and districts can help close the gender leadership gap.

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Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom

Teachers must recognize and empower students with backgrounds different from their own, including their voices in the conversation and validating their experiences and perspectives.

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How to Become a Socially Inclusive School

Dr. Maurice Elias offers up eight suggestions for creating a school that is more socially inclusive of special education students.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: So Similar

In Part 8 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran explores ways to help children recognize what we have in common.

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Equity in Education: Where to Begin?

If we hope for equity in education, we may have to abandon our efforts toward standardization and recognize the individuality of our students.

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Race and Violence Should Be a School-Wide Subject

School leaders should develop a coherent, community-derived message and model for discussing the intersection of race and violence in our society.

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Teach Empathy With Digital Immigration Stories

Create empathic moments in the classroom with a safe, welcoming environment for students to tell their family's immigration stories through the modalities of digital storytelling.

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5 Ways to Address White Male Stereotypes

Racial and gender-based entitlement is constructed and perpetuated by popular media and consumed on a daily basis by children and young adults.

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