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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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    7 Books That Give Students an Inclusive Look at United States History

    These books explore history from the perspective of marginalized groups such as BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ community.
    Carl Cooper
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    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
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  • A photo collage featuring holiday celebrations across cultures

    The Christmas Dilemma

    Teaching elementary students about religious and cultural holidays is tough, but in schools across the nation culturally responsive teaching is opening up new possibilities.
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  • Pre-school children sitting on rug in classroom

    Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades

    Five ways teachers can celebrate and extend the linguistic expertise of young students who speak two or more languages.
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  • Protesters gather for a rally at Cadman Plaza Park, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in New York.

    A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators

    Teachers shaken by recent events and wondering how to work for change in our society and schools can start with these lesson plans, videos, and other resources.
    9.4k
  • Nadia's bitmoji classroom

    How to Design a Culturally Responsive Bitmoji Classroom

    Your virtual classroom can foster a sense of community by including items that represent both your and your students’ backgrounds.
    3.4k
  • Black Teachers Share Their Stories

    Black Teachers Share Their Stories

    Though public schools are becoming increasingly diverse, Black teachers remain underrepresented in U.S. schools. In their own words, three Black educators reflect on their successes—and their challenges.
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  • Why Teachers of Color Matter for Students of Color to Succeed

    Why Teachers of Color Matter for Students of Color to Succeed

    Research shows that having a teacher of color can help students of color reach better outcomes; but the benefits extend to all young people, preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse society.
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  • Man reading a book while sitting on a park bench

    For Teachers: Summer Reading During Turbulent Times

    Influenced by the pandemic and social unrest, two teachers recommend books to read this summer on topics like wrestling with loss, addressing inequity, and recharging for the school year ahead.
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    22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

    Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives.
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  • Two portraits of teenage girls of color holding up signs saying "Alien" and You don't talk like you're black," illustrating the microaggressions they face

    A Look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

    A primer on the impact of implicit biases in schools and how they can be expressed by students and faculty.
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    How a School Puts Culturally Responsive Teaching Into Practice

    Educators at the dual-language Amigos School are creating an authentically immersive, academically challenging school experience.
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  • Teacher talks to high school students in the classroom.

    An Antiracist Roadmap for Discussing Tough Topics in Class

    This long-term strategy for guiding conversations on topics like racism requires prep work to ensure that the classroom is truly inclusive of all students.
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  • Photo collage concept for culturally responsible Black History Month education

    Teaching Black History in Culturally Responsive Ways

    Black history is American history and should be taught throughout the year across the curriculum—not confined to a single month.
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  • Teenage girl working on her laptop in her room

    The Value of Culturally Responsive Teaching in Distance Learning

    Zaretta Hammond shared practical strategies for fostering students’ independence and agency while they are learning at home.
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