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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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  • How to Use English Learners’ Primary Language in the Classroom

    It’s important for multilingual students to feel that their first language is valuable, seen as an asset, and a welcome part of their identity.
    Valentina Gonzalez
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  • Connecting Black History to Joy

    Black History Month isn’t only about pain—it can be a full-fledged celebration of accomplishments that have shaped America.
    278
  • Using Debate as an Educational Tool

    Classroom debates are closely connected to communication standards in all grades, and the predictable structure helps students express themselves.
    220
  • Collage of diverse books

    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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  • High school teacher standing at the front of the class and talking to students

    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.
    17k
  • 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.
    10.1k
  • 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.
    17.6k
  • 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.
    11.8k
  • 5 Tips for Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Math Classroom

    Teachers can help all students feel like they belong in math classes by creating connections between course material and students’ lives.
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  • Using Culturally Responsive Project-Based Learning to Teach Core Skills

    One school used a PBL unit that combined science, math, and cooking dumplings to explore the many cultures that make up their community.
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  • Culturally Responsive Ways to Teach the History of Thanksgiving

    These resources can help middle and high school students learn about the first Thanksgiving and Native Americans today.
    919
  • 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.
    10.7k
  • Creating ELA Curriculum That’s Meaningful to Students

    A look at how high school English teachers can mix classic and contemporary texts to reflect the varied backgrounds and experiences of their students.
    611
  • 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.
    16.5k
  • Creating a Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Classroom

    Ensuring that all students see their culture reflected in the curriculum and classroom materials is crucial.
    4.5k

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