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Diversity

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.

  • A photo collage featuring holiday celebrations across cultures

    The Christmas Dilemma

    Teaching elementary students about religious and cultural holidays is tough, but in schools across the nation culturally responsive teaching is opening up new possibilities.
    Emelina Minero
    623
  • Teacher with elementary students looking at globe

    How to Support Young Learners in Racially Diverse Classrooms

    Teachers may be hesitant to discuss race with young kids, but these research-backed, age-appropriate strategies can help.
    560
  • Teacher reading book to elementary students

    Going Beyond a Diverse Classroom Library

    By using culturally inclusive texts to spark conversation, teachers can help young learners get the most out of these books.
    828
  • Black Teachers Share Their Stories

    Black Teachers Share Their Stories

    Though public schools are becoming increasingly diverse, Black teachers remain underrepresented in U.S. schools. In their own words, three Black educators reflect on their successes—and their challenges.
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  • Why Teachers of Color Matter for Students of Color to Succeed

    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.
    5.3k
  • Teenage girl sitting on floor of room doing homework with laptop and books.

    Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

    Preteen students can gain confidence in their ability to navigate complex topics by using intersectionality to investigate social issues.
    2.1k
  • illustration of the word "language" in multiple languages

    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.
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  • 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.
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  • Why Inclusion Matters on the Playground

    Why Inclusion Matters on the Playground

    When general education students and students with special needs play together, it breaks down unconscious biases about disability and fosters relationships.
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  • A young black girl is laying down on top of about 300 books stacked together on top of each other, looking up at the camera, smiling.

    Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

    Use young children’s understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.
    16.7k
  • Teacher with student doing math on chalkboard

    How to Help Students See Themselves as Mathematicians

    When students’ eyes are opened to the broad community of mathematicians, they reject stereotypes and gain confidence in their own abilities.
    951
  • Woman reading a book on her couch

    How White Educators Can Approach Antiracist Work

    Striving to understand the origins of the concept of race and the effects of implicit biases are good initial steps.
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  • Teacher reading a book to a small group of preschool students

    How to Start Talking About Race in the Early Elementary Classroom

    Young kids are curious about what’s going on in the world right now, and teachers can help correct misinformation and provide context.
    1.4k
  • High school students are walking through one school hallway into another through opened double doors. The students are blurred as to imply fast movement and the passing of time.

    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.
    12.3k
  • A closeup on 6 adjacent lockers. The first locker is clear and blue, each locker following gets more and more out of focus and shifts into reds and yellows, looking like a rainbow.

    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.
    11.9k

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