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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Find and share resources and explore strategies to engage students by connecting to and honoring their cultures, experiences, and backgrounds.

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Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Cultural values and learning practices transmitted from parents and from community guide how the brain wires itself to process information and handle relationships.

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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.

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

Five-Minute Film Festival: Culturally Responsive Teaching

This collection of videos introduces culturally responsive teaching, and includes some techniques that you can use to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed together.

Rethinking Tolerance: Ensuring That All Students Belong

The key to creating a culture of acceptance begins with helping students articulate how they see themselves and the labels they give each other.

Relationship Building Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management

Hone your skills like curiosity, listening, cultural sensitivity, and humor to provide all students with equitable opportunities for learning.

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Equity vs. Equality: 6 Steps Toward Equity

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"How I Spent My Holiday Break"

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Equity vs. Equality: 6 Steps Toward Equity

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"How I Spent My Holiday Break"

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Community Walks Create Bonds of Understanding

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:00
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Tips for Helping All Learners Succeed

Download a list of research-based strategies as a reference for working with diverse learners.

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A group of teachers and support providers discuss a community walk in Oakland.
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Community Walks Create Bonds of Understanding

When students lead teachers through their communities, the cultural exchange can have a transformational effect on school culture.

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Hands of a student and of a teacher hold several war medals.
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Updating an Age-Old Class Activity

Personal artifact sharing—aka show-and-tell—is a way to build a healthy classroom environment. Even in high school.

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The Crisis in Black Education: Reaching Students Where They Are

An education professor draws connections between critical skills and hip-hop culture, and argues that there is no crisis in black education.

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Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A collection of lesson plans, curricula, and multimedia resources for teaching the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Value of Role-Play in Teaching Politics

Tips for presenting—and critically evaluating—a variety of political viewpoints in government and history classes.

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Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

From literacy instruction to arts and technology integration, explore strategies for engaging English-language learners.

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Vermont students wave to Korean students during a virtual presentation.
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Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance?

Schools all over the world are using digital tools to help students collaborate and build cultural understanding with distant peers.

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Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners

As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.

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Preparing for Cultural 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. Discover some helpful links for teachers.

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Equity vs. Equality: 6 Steps Toward Equity

Six steps toward classroom equity include knowing every child, celebrating their potential, recognizing their challenges, becoming flexible, making it safe to fail, and using culture as a resource.  

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High school students are walking through one school hallway into another through opened double doors. The students are blurred as to imply fast movement and the passing of time.
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How Does Poverty Influence Learning?

Poverty-related factors that intervene in students' ability to learn include health and well-being, limited literacy and language development, access to material resources, and level of mobility.

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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

It's important for educators to examine their own biases so they connect more deeply with each child in their classrooms.

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"It's Not What's Wrong With the Children, It's What's Happened to Them"

Instead of punitive discipline that limits students' potential, we must adopt a more holistic approach and address the life circumstances that are causing their behavior.

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Relationship Building Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management

Hone your skills like curiosity, listening, cultural sensitivity, and humor to provide all students with equitable opportunities for learning.

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