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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.

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  • Using Street Art to Explore Hispanic Heritage

    Delving into street art can fuel conversations and learning about Hispanic and Latino culture, heritage, and identity in creative and unexpected ways.
    Tanya Brown Merriman
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  • Celebrating Día de los Muertos in the Classroom

    When sharing this beloved Mexican holiday with their students, teachers have an opportunity to create a culturally responsive lesson that brings more meaning to the iconic and historically significant artifacts most closely associated with it.
  • 4 Ways to Plan for the Success of Newcomer ELLs

    To help newly arrived English language learners feel welcome, teachers can represent their cultures and languages in the classroom.
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  • 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.
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  • Tips and Resources for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

    Teachers can promote cultural literacy in the classroom by honoring the contributions of people from a wide spectrum of traditions.
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  • How Culturally Responsive Practices Help Students Connect to School

    This bilingual elementary school offers students a more inclusive educational experience—through music and culturally relevant instruction.
    405
  • How to Be a ‘Poverty-Disrupting Educator’

    Over 12 million American kids live in poverty. What role can schools play in disrupting its pernicious effects?
    675
  • How Video Captions Foster Equity

    Video captions are necessary for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, but they benefit everyone.
    211
  • Incorporating Lessons on Activism During Hispanic Heritage Month

    Teaching students about key people and events in Hispanic Americans’ fight for equality is a good way to mark this observance.
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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Schools Struggle to Support LGBTQ Students

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