Research informs an equitable learning environment:
Creating an optimal, equitable learning environment for students is every teacher’s goal. But achieving that goal can be a challenge, with underserved student populations, including students of color and English Learners (ELs), often feeling excluded and left behind.
Culturally responsive teaching provides a research-based approach to overcome this challenge. Through this approach, students are able to make meaningful connections between their own lives and what they learn at school. It is designed to engage all students and cultivate their academic success by reflecting, validating, and embracing their diversity, knowledge, cultural backgrounds, and experiences.
The information and resources below will help you better understand culturally responsive teaching, the research behind it, and how it helps students and teachers alike advance and thrive.