George Lucas Educational Foundation

Culturally Responsive Teaching

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

  • Showing Up for Conversations About Social Justice

    It takes courage to reflect on your own privilege, but when teachers commit to vulnerability during class discussions, it builds respect and trust.
  • What Teens Say They Need, and How Schools Can Adjust

    Students say they want a voice in the big education decisions that affect their lives—and their top concerns are backed by plenty of research.
    Sarah Gonser
  • Learning to Recognize and Celebrate Students’ Cultural Experiences

    Children of color often come to school with differences in language and customs that some teachers see as deficits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

    Preteen students can gain confidence in their ability to navigate complex topics by using intersectionality to investigate social issues.
  • Making Space for Your Students’ Perspectives

    It takes time and intention, but creating opportunities for students to speak their truth builds understanding and empathy that benefits everyone—including the teacher.
  • 6 Ways to be an Antiracist Educator

    Educator Dena Simmons on engaging in antiracist work in the classroom.
  • 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.
  • 3 Ways to Build Relationships—in Person or Virtually

    These approaches help build trust and a sense of community in middle and high school, no matter where or how classes are held.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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