Many districts struggle to implement culturally- and experientially-responsive practices; they strive to help teachers build stronger relationships with students and to implement discipline policies in a way that does not target students of color. Districts also struggle to help students be culturally responsive to each other, and to create a school environment that addresses inter-student cultural differences. Culturally-responsive practices involve recognizing and incorporating the assets and strengths all students bring into the classroom, and ensuring that learning experiences, from curriculum through assessment, are relevant to all students. Additionally, awareness of different backgrounds includes understanding and being trained to mitigate the effects of trauma they may face day-to-day.
Respondents reported this challenge is urgent
Respondents reported their schools or districts have made progress on this challenge
“That is...in my opinion, the biggest challenge that our school has been facing. Students trying to get use to other students who speak different languages, who have different accents, who look different, who eat different than them. How can we make three thousand students live together happily, and provide a safe space for them?”
Culturally Responsive Teaching - From Edutopia, find and share resources and explore strategies to engage students by connecting to and honoring their cultures, experiences, and backgrounds.
Culturally-Responsive Practice - From Indiana University’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, a summary of the research on this topic, including access to a Culturally Responsive Teaching Fact Sheet.
Culturally Responsive Teaching - From Education Northwest, a guide to evidence-based practices for teaching all students equitably.
14 Resources on Culturally Responsive Teaching - From ASCD InService, 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.