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Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs.

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  • 3 Tips for Making Your Classroom More Gender Inclusive

    Helping gender-expansive students feel seen and included doesn’t have to be complicated—and it benefits everyone in the class.
  • Using Picture Books to Make Your Classroom More Welcoming

    Picture books can help elementary teachers address sensitive topics such as learning differences and diverse family structures.
    Canice Thynne
  • Mistakes I Used to Make in Digital Accessibility—and How to Fix Them

    A former teacher shares how she unknowingly created digital content that was hard for students with disabilities to understand, and what to do instead.
  • A professional Black woman looks out the window with a reflective expression

    Why Black Teachers Walk Away

    Teachers of color are leaving the profession at staggering rates. A new study highlights some of the reasons why.
  • 4 Ways to Build Relationships With Students Whose Backgrounds Differ From Yours

    Care, respect, and a thoughtful approach that appreciates the diversity within the classroom work together to promote strong relationships.
  • Do’s & Don’ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

    In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.
  • Schools Struggle to Support LGBTQ Students

    Recent research finds the majority of teachers want to help LGBTQ students but don’t always know how.
  • 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.
  • 10 Remarkable Recent Picture Books

    These diverse picture books for preschool through grade 3, including three nonfiction selections, are sure to appeal to young students.
  • Equity vs. Equality: 6 Steps Toward Equity

    Ideas include knowing every child, celebrating their potential, recognizing their challenges, acknowledging inequity, and using culture as a resource.
  • Preparing Staff for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

    Getting teacher buy-in is the most important step, and laying the groundwork for frank conversations will help administrators start.
  • Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Authentic Portraits

    When educators are intentional about teaching kids to see and represent differences, the students—and their works of art—blossom.
  • Highlighting the Benefits of Being Bilingual 

    By pointing out the benefits of bilingualism, teachers can give students learning English a boost in confidence.
  • Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    When students learn about each other’s identities, it helps them understand their own biases and prejudices, as well as build a space of respect and tolerance for all.
  • 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.

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