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.

  • Getting Started With Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Understanding students’ lives can help teachers foster a sense of belonging and ensure that all students feel respected and challenged.
    Nikki Williams Rucker
  • Thwarting Deficit Narratives in Math Class

    To counter societal messages about who is able to be successful in math, teachers can help all students recognize their math brilliance.
  • How to Get the Most Out of a Diverse Classroom Library

    Many teachers are working to bring in books that provide students with windows and mirrors. Once the books are in the room, what’s next?
  • 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.
  • Building Cross-Cultural Connections in Two Languages

    At a bilingual school in Chicago, first-grade teachers swap classrooms so students get lessons in both Mandarin and English.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elevating Student Voice Through Senior Talks

    High school seniors build confidence by documenting their growth and learning in a speech presented to their families and the school community.
  • Locked Away: The Toll of Mass Incarceration on Students

    Children with imprisoned siblings or parents often suffer silently, but schools can help students confront the stigma and trauma.
  • Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

    Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.
  • Bias Starts as Early as Preschool, but Can Be Unlearned

    A new study finds that children show bias at a surprisingly young age. But teachers have ways to address this and create a welcoming classroom.
  • Windows and Mirrors: Learning About Difference—and Belonging—Through Books

    When there is diversity in classroom materials, students connect to the experiences of others—and have their own reflected and valued.
  • 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.
  • Why Diverse Classroom Libraries Matter

    At a school in Oakland, California, students see themselves—and the broader world—in the books they read.
  • Sharing Holiday Traditions in the Classroom

    Finding simple ways to celebrate different holidays in the classroom can create a culture of inclusion and deepen understanding.