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Your students might come from many different parts of the world.

The changing racial and cultural landscape of America is certainly a much-discussed topic -- some researchers studying U.S. Census data and demographics even say that America could be a "minority majority" country as early as 2050. While the barriers between countries continue to come down, and globalization continues, how can teachers address the needs of students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and upbringings? This collection of videos introduces culturally responsive teaching (CRT), and includes some techniques that you can use to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed together.

Video Playlist: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Watch the first video below, or watch the whole playlist on YouTube.


  1. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns on Unintentional Bias (3:04)

    In this short video from Big Think, researcher Valerie Purdie-Vaughns explains how bias and assumptions can unconsciously affect the way you act. Although it's geared toward diversity awareness in the workplace, this is a good primer on cultural discrimination.

  2. Expanding Teacher Self-Knowledge (1:27)

    Since bias is often unconscious, one of the first things a culturally responsive teacher can do is be aware of assumptions about themselves and their students. This quick tip from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance initiative explains the value of self-reflection.

  3. Office Chat: Culturally Responsive Teaching (9:24)

    In this interview, Dr. Kavatas Newell, a faculty member at the University of Mary Washington, introduces some initial ways that teachers can incorporate culturally responsive teaching methods into their classrooms. The audio quality here is a bit low, but the tips are worth it.

  4. The Danger of a Single Story (19:16)

    Author Chimamanda Adichie's amazing TED talk introduces "The Danger of a Single Story." Teaching students of other cultures may require that you look past familiar stories and narratives to find school materials that resonate with your students' experiences and lives.

  5. Building Trust With Families (14:12)

    Many students from other cultures are English-language Learners (ELL). Although this video is long at 14 minutes, the panel of teachers and principals organized by Colorin Colorado offers great tips for connecting with the families of ELLs.

  6. Recognizing Individual Characteristics (1:10)

    This quick video, also from the Teaching Tolerance initiative, reminds viewers to respect students' individuality, even as you learn more about cultural differences and introduce more responsive practices into the classroom.

  7. Education: Culture Matters (14:25)

    This video from the Kamehameha Schools showcases the importance of culturally responsive educational programs. Students from the native Hawaiian population thrive when they learn in programs that incorporate their cultural heritage and traditions.

More Resources on Culturally Responsive Teaching

Whether you've been teaching diverse learners for years, or you're just starting to think about how to incorporate CRT into your classroom, these organizations and articles can help.

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Tara Lira's picture

I've really been enjoying these five minute film festivals. Storytelling, especially within a particular context is one of the most enjoyable and memorable ways to learn. Looking forward other great mini film festivals.

TODD SENTELL's picture
Author of the hilarious schoolhouse memoir, "Can't Wait to Get There. Can't Wait to Leave"


"What was it that made Georgia and other southern states so different from the North and West? The obvious answer was slavery, but there were other things as well ..."

So begins the reading of chapter 12. The chapter concerning a peculiar institution called my only black student, Henry, although he likes for everybody to call him Taboo. Principal Lurlene doesn't like it, but we call him Taboo anyway.

They probably don't go over this potentially intense scenario in teacher's school. What do you do when the black student asks--politely, with the desire to do it in his face and body language--to read the entire chapter? For the next hour and a half?

What do you do when you think he's reading it because you deeply believe he knows this is a particularly historic moment for him? That he knows this is a one-time chance? Depending on the circumstances. He might not be able to in high school when he takes U.S. History. He could be absent that day. Who's to say the teacher has certain views...or fears.

Exactly. You use common settle listen...and then you see what happens when it's over...

Taboo reads steadily, but a little too quickly ... "Slavery had a long history in America--not just in the South. Every colony had allowed slavery, although officially the practice was banned in Georgia until 1750. Even though the Declaration of Independence proclaimed that "all men are created equal," it contained no prohibition on slaveholding. All of the 13 new states allowed the practice to continue."

I ask Taboo to slow down a bit, but tell him he's doing great...

"Slavery is kept up entirely by those who make it profitable as a system of labor. He doesn't wince, whine, get angry, or question it...Blacks fought slavery in other ways, including murdering their overseers and setting fire to plantation buildings."

We finally come to the end. The reading of chapter 12 no one will ever forget. I asked the reader why he wanted to read so badly. Why he read every dang bit of it.

Taboo said it helps him learn better. Reading aloud.

Okay, I said. Good.

Plus, I was sleepy, Taboo said, and it kept me awake. Taboo grinned at me.

I grinned back.

Jasper said...Speaking for all the white boys, we think you ought to chuck the chicken at Taboo.

I chucked the chicken at Taboo, which is never taboo.

Keyana Stevens's picture
Keyana Stevens
Web Video Strategy Coordinator

Wow, very timely. I really love Google's list of 4 steps to take to combat bias in the workplace at the bottom of the article. Thanks for sharing!

Keyana Stevens's picture
Keyana Stevens
Web Video Strategy Coordinator

Thank you, Tara! Amy and I really enjoy creating the film fests and we're always glad to hear from people who love watching them. If you have any ideas for future film fest topics, I would love to know -- feel free to comment here or private message me!

Sph1212's picture

Thank you for posting this film festival! I am a student in a Transition to Teaching program and my cohort is currently studying Multicultural Education. This collection of videos is a wonderful resource for students and teachers interested in becoming more culturally responsive. I particularly enjoyed the 5th video, Building Trust With Families, as I recently interviewed an ELL teacher for an assignment. The video pointed out cultural differences in parental roles in educating children and offered strategies on how to engage parents of ELL students in their child's learning via school and community activities. Even the very short videos offered quick and helpful information. Thanks again for providing this one-stop-shop resource!

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