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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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  • Highlighting the Benefits of Being Bilingual 

    By pointing out the benefits of bilingualism, teachers can give students learning English a boost in confidence.
    Christine Boatman
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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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  • 10 Books With Black Protagonists That Don’t Center Black Pain

    There are more YA novels featuring Black protagonists than ever before, but not enough of them express the everyday joys, passions, and triumphs of Black experience. Here are 10 books that can restore balance to your library.
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  • 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.
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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.
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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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  • 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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  • Extending Black History Lessons Beyond February

    Black history lessons shouldn’t stop once February ends—Black Americans' contributions to society can be highlighted year round.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Eliminating Anti-Black Hair Policies at School

    Moving away from dress codes that ban natural Black hairstyles such as Afros and locs fosters a more inclusive community.
    254
  • 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.
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