What Is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

By Madeline Will & Ileana Najarro — April 18, 2022 For decades, researchers have found that teachers in public schools have undervalued the potential for academic success among students of color, setting low expectations for them and thinking of cultural differences as barriers rather than assets to learning. In response, scholars developed teaching methods and […]

Widening the Lens: A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum

Anthony Rebora Educators need to ensure that students of color see themselves as part of the picture, says the renowned psychologist and author. It was a little more than two decades ago that Beverly Daniel Tatum, a psychologist and educator, published Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Based in part […]

Teachers can equip students with tools to ‘demolish’ racism

As a white teacher in Chicago, Annie Sheehan poses questions she asks herself — and thinks other educators should ask — about curriculum and instruction. AUTHOR Annie Sheehan PUBLISHED June 11, 2020 Annie Sheehan is a 2nd grade teacher at Chicago International Charter School West Belden. This past fall, I was in the office with […]

A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching

Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg Research has shown that no one teaching strategy will consistently engage all learners. The key is helping students relate lesson content to their own backgrounds. To be effective in multicultural classrooms, teachers must relate teaching content to the cultural backgrounds of their students. According to the research, teaching […]

Getting Started With Culturally Responsive Teaching

Understanding students’ lives can help teachers foster a sense of belonging and ensure that all students feel respected and challenged. By Nikki Williams Rucker December 10, 2019 Django / iStock The world of education is buzzing with talk of being more culturally responsive, but what does that mean, and how important is it really? When […]

Research Matters / Creating Culturally Responsive Schools

Barbara Bazron, David Osher and Steve Fleischman During the last 10 years, U.S. schools have experienced a rapid growth in ethnic and racial diversity. In the near future, the young people now filling classrooms will be paying taxes, working in the public and private sectors, and consuming the goods and services that fuel our economy. […]

Inviting All Students to Learn

Hilary Dack and Carol Ann Tomlinson These four steps can help teachers become more aware of the cultures within their classrooms so they can help all learners succeed. A speech-language pathologist who was conducting research in an Inuit school in Canada asked the principal, who was not Inuit, to give her the names of students […]

The Icing or the Cake?

Kristina J. Doubet and Jessica A. Hockett Teachers can plan for student engagement so that it’s more than just decoration. Please, please, please try to just shake it up sometimes. Give us a variety of work and activities and don’t just stick to the same type of lesson every day.” This student’s plea, reported in […]