September 13, 2017 by

14 Resources on Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culture is central to learning for both students and teachers. Acknowledging, responding to, and celebrating cultures offers equitable access to education for all students. Learn more about using common language to relate to students, how cultural backgrounds affect students’ learning behaviors, and how equitable practices inspire greater student engagement in all classrooms with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®.

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Use Cognitive Apprenticeship for Culturally Responsive, Effective Feedback (ASCD Express)

Read this ASCD Express article to learn how using cognitive apprenticeship as a framework for teaching and providing feedback can reveal the invisible thought processes inherent in many academic activities and allow students from diverse backgrounds to articulate their thought processes to their teachers.

Culturally Responsive Instruction (Book Chapter)

Read this chapter from Create Success!: Unlocking the Potential of Urban Students, which describes culturally responsive instruction in terms of relationships, curriculum, and delivery.

Making a Strong Home-School Connection by Being Culturally Responsive (ASCD Express)

When new families enroll in our schools, it is the office staff that makes the first impression. They play a vital role in establishing a positive working relationship between the home and school. This relationship is especially important when working with immigrant families who are not familiar with the culture. Whether you are a teacher or an administrative assistant, read this article for tips to ensure that you are culturally responsive.

Where Do Educators Fit in the Battle for Educational Equity? (BAM! Podcast)

Listen to this BAM! Radio podcast from education expert Alan M. Blankstein and ASCD Emerging Leader Robert Pennington about the roles educators play in creating educational equity.

Cultural Congruence in Instruction (Book Chapter)

In this chapter from Raising Black Students’ Achievement Through Culturally Responsive Teaching, you’ll learn about specific strategies teachers can use to create and scaffold meaningful and complex instruction, plus how to vary instruction to meet individual student needs.

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The Culturally Responsive Teacher (Educational Leadership)

Read this Educational Leadership article on how to engage students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds by first seeing them as capable learners.

Unconscious Bias: When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough (Educational Leadership)

In this Educational Leadership article, author Sarah Fiarman argues that implicit biases about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other aspects of identity can overshadow even the best of intentions. Citing examples from her own practice as a teacher and school leader, she outlines concrete steps that educators can take to tackle unconscious bias: increase awareness of bias and recognize its negative effects, develop systems among school staff to reduce biased decisions, build empathy for multiple perspectives, and use data for accountability.

Equity Literacy for All (Educational Leadership)

The authors of this Educational Leadership article suggest that schools use an equity literacy approach–that is, an approach to diversity or multiculturalism that relies more on teachers’ understandings of equity and inequity and of justice and injustice than on their understanding of this or that culture. The idea is to place equity rather than culture at the center of the diversity conversation. The authors share five principles for developing curriculums that are meaningfully multicultural.

Cross-Cultural Inquiry in Science (Educational Leadership)

This compilation of Educational Leadership articles describes three projects aimed at offering students authentic opportunities to develop global competencies including: Out of Eden Learn, an initiative from Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a global project-based learning unit that connects students in North Carolina and China, and a cultural learning exchange between classrooms in Colorado and Belize.

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Raising Black Students’ Achievement Through Culturally Responsive Teaching (Book)

Drawing from her work with teachers and school leaders who have narrowed achievement gaps in their schools, Johnnie McKinley lays out the instructional, management, and assessment strategies that make you far more effective at educating black students. This book gives you theories about how to close the achievement gap between black students and their white peers, ideas from frontline educators who know what really works, and a whole-school plan for raising the achievement of these chronically underserved students.

What It Takes for English Learners to Succeed (Educational Leadership Issue)

This Educational Leadership article by Jana Echevarria, Nancy Frey, and Doug Fisher details important ways schools can help long-term English learners master the basics of English and increase their fluency.

Culturally Diverse Classrooms (Educational Leadership Issue)

This issue of Educational Leadership is devoted to examining how educators can help students from different cultures acquire an education, communicate with one another, and lead productive lives. Classrooms are now addressing cultural conflicts about race, religion, and gender differences and tackling such divisive issues as immigration and economic disparity. Although educators cannot save the world, they see the world reflected in their classrooms, and they are often the ones who open the minds of their students to new perspectives. The authors in this issue share their insights and strategies for teaching respect in a divided world.

Embracing Diversity: Effective Teaching, 2nd Edition (PDO Course)

In this course, you’ll consider the importance of building respect for racial and multicultural diversity as well as combating gender and sexual bias through curriculum. You will also explore the role of conflict resolution and character education in helping build learning environments that embrace diversity. Through video examples and in-depth readings, you will learn practical tools for building respect for all students.

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life (Book)

If you’ve ever been uncertain about what to do about the chronic achievement gap between black males and other student populations, here’s a book that will forever change your approach to these students and equip you with a whole new plan for motivating black males. Award-winning educator and author Baruti K. Kafele draws from his 20 years of experience in teaching black males and turning around troubled urban schools to explain the different challenges facing this special student population. He’ll also provide solutions that you can put into practice right away to improve the performance of black male students.

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