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.

  • 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.
  • Why Diverse Classroom Libraries Matter

    At a school in Oakland, California, students see themselves—and the broader world—in the books they read.
    Nora Fleming
  • Can 360-Degree Feedback Empower Students and Teachers?

    Student-teacher professional development can not only improve practices but also build trust and strengthen relationships.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Should You Use “At-Risk” to Describe Students?

    Professor Ivory Toldson says you shouldn’t—here’s why.
  • 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.
  • Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

    Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.
  • A Better Way to Teach the Civil Rights Movement

    To improve history lessons on the period, educators emphasize the roles of grassroots activists, churches, schools, and women.
  • Creating a Diverse Classroom Library

    An interaction with a student prompts an elementary teacher to revamp her classroom library to make it more inclusive.
  • Key Aspects of Play in Early Education

    Some important considerations for integrating play in early childhood learning environments.
  • Building a Belonging Classroom

    In order to learn, students need to feel safe, cared for, and emotionally connected to their teachers and each other.