Learn more about culturally responsive education
What we know about culturally responsive education:
CRE increases student engagement, participation and curiosity in the classroom.
CRE teaches students to value their perspectives and think of themselves as good students.
Students in K-12 who participated in Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program were significantly more likely to pass state standardized tests and graduate high school, more engaged in literature and history lessons, and more likely to have positive perception of their ability to succeed in math and science.
9th grade students who participated in San Francisco’s Ethnic Studies Program showed increased student achievement and graduation rates.
Resources for educators
Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete
Jeff Duncan-Andrade outlines all of the ways that hope- from false hope to authentic hope- must elevate the work we do to critically engage our young people
“But what can I do?” Three Necessary Tensions in Teaching Teachers About Race
Mica Pollock addresses several of the tensions that educators face within an institution that has historically inconsistent commitments to equity and justice.
But That's Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Gloria Ladson-Billings defines culturally relevant pedagogy and offers specific components of it: academic success, cultural competence, and critical consciousness.
How Educators Can Eradicate Disparities in School Discipline: A Briefing Paper on School-Based Interventions
A solution-oriented article outlining some best practices educators can employ to reduce disparities in discipline within their spheres of influence.
“They Look Scared”: Moving From Service Learning to Learning to Serve in Teacher Education—A Social Justice Perspective
Dr. David Kirkland prompts readers to consider how deeply ingrained biases can be prior to teachers ever entering classrooms
Popular Visual Images and the (Mis)Reading of Black Male Youth: A case for racial literacy in urban preservice teacher education
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz & Perry Greene prompts thinking around the ways misreading, misunderstanding, and misrepresentation of Black male youth can be countered by supporting the development of preservice teachers’ racial literacy skills.
Resources for parents
I can’t make a teacher love my son
Zakiya Sankara-Jabar chronicles her journey as her son was deficitized in preschool and how this fueled her work as an education justice advocate
Resources for white folks
John Metta lays out the distance between white folks who can ignore race or racism and folks of color who have no choice but to exist in a racist world.
Robin DiAngelo describes how white folks often struggle to navigate the impact of their own racial identity.
The unexamined whiteness of teaching
Bree Picower explores the ways in which white educators and their life experience impact their understandings of teaching across race in the classroom
Resources for reference
Schools’ reading lists biased against authors & characters of color
Results of an analysis conducted by NYC Coalition for Educational Justice on the racial and ethnic diversity of elementary school English Language Arts curricula.
Implicit Bias Review
A comprehensive report of research studies on bias across a number of institutions.
How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning
A new study shows that the pressures associated with discrimination contribute to the opportunity gap.
Students of All Races Prefer Teachers of Color
Summary of a study conducted by NYU Steinhardt that found students in urban school districts prefer teachers of color to white teachers, regardless of the students’ own race or ethnicity.