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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.

  • Addressing Race and Racism Head-On in the Classroom

    From featuring stories of resistance to making sure kids see themselves represented in the classroom, a few things to keep in mind when teaching American history.
    Sarah Gonser
    1.1k
  • Illustration concept of girl connecting digitally

    From Headache to Helpful—Teachers on Using TikTok in the Classroom

    From 60-second micro lessons to brain breaks, teachers are finding creative ways to meet students where they are. Increasingly, that’s on TikTok.
    1.2k
  • Teenage boy with headphones on couch on laptop

    Using Hip-Hop to Promote SEL Competencies

    Song lyrics—whether familiar to students or not—can be used to explore the social and emotional learning skills that many teachers seek to encourage in students.
    430
  • Pre-school students sitting on floor in classroom

    Creating a Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Classroom

    Ensuring that all students see their culture reflected in the curriculum and classroom materials is crucial.
    3.3k
  • Pre-school children sitting on rug in classroom

    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.
    7.9k
  • A photo collage of Angela Davis, Web DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Alain LeRoy Locke, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks

    4 Black Philosophers to Teach Year-Round

    Weaving philosophy lessons into your curriculum can tease out bigger questions about identity, human rights, and artistic expression. 
    1.8k
  • Protesters gather for a rally at Cadman Plaza Park, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in New York.

    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.
    10k
  • Silhouette of young teen girl sitting on floor

    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
    2.6k
  • Teacher speaking to middle school classs using touch screen

    7 Books That Give Students an Inclusive Look at United States History

    These books explore history from the perspective of marginalized groups such as BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ community.
    2.3k
  • 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.
    18.5k
  • Teacher records a lesson on his phone

    A Strategy for Exploring Student Creativity Collaboratively

    A teacher who makes her own instructional videos and a podcast uses that work as a springboard to explore creative expression with her social media–savvy students.
    857
  • 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.
    14.7k
  • Nadia's bitmoji classroom

    How to Design a Culturally Responsive Bitmoji Classroom

    Your virtual classroom can foster a sense of community by including items that represent both your and your students’ backgrounds.
    3.6k
  • Photo collage concept for culturally responsible Black History Month education

    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.
    8.2k
  • Teenage girl participates in distance learning class at home with her laptop

    Ensuring That All Students Can See Themselves in STEM

    Meeting professionals of color in science, technology, engineering, and math can be a game changer for high school students.
    1.2k

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