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.

  • 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.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education

    Four ways to validate and affirm young students’ cultures in meaningful ways, which can boost their engagement and motivation.
    Amanda Armstrong
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Building Student Understanding Across Racial Differences

    A partnership between an all-black class in Memphis, Tennessee, and an all-white class in rural New Jersey has helped students bridge racial and cultural divides.
  • Lessons on Culturally Responsive Teaching From Black Churches

    White teachers seeking to grow in their cultural competence and better engage black students can learn from a mainstay of many black communities.
  • 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.
  • Bringing a Culturally Responsive Lens to Math Class

    A middle school math project gives students a chance to apply the skills they learn in class to an issue they care about.
  • Reflections on Becoming More Culturally Responsive

    Participants in a program on culturally responsive teaching practices share what they’ve learned about themselves—and how their teaching has changed as a result.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Making SEL Culturally Competent

    Teaching students about oppression and critical consciousness is a vital component of social-emotional learning.