Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers
What strategies can educators use to effectively engage students who come from a variety of backgrounds? It is a question that is asked of many educators, and of course, there is no single method that can be guaranteed to be successful. We are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of valuable resources that can support educators of all levels in their investigation of the topic.
The question “How Can We Prepare Teachers to Work With Culturally Diverse Students and Their Families?” is a good place to begin if you’re looking for a starting point. (an article originating from the Family Research Project at Harvard University) features advice and suggestions from some of the most prominent diversity education specialists. You will also find insights into preparation as well as information about connecting with students and building relationships with families. These researchers are in agreement on the underlying message that communication plays an integral role.
Other sources of motivation include the article “Communicating Cross-Culturally: What Teachers Should Know” written by Yvonne Pratt-Johnson, as well as an excerpt from the book “Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners” published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). In addition to these articles, the following are some additional resources that will assist educators in developing inclusive learning environments and approaching topics such as racial equality, gender equality, empathy, and the prevention of bullying while in the classroom.
Teaching Tolerance and Multiculturalism with These Resources for Classrooms: The Southern Poverty Law Center has compiled free lesson plans on Teaching Tolerance’s classroom resources page. These lesson plans can be used with students to facilitate discussions on topics such as racial and ethnic diversity, gender equality, and sexual orientation. Start with Teaching Tolerance’s Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Teaching, a self-paced, four-part, professional development learning programme. This is where you can learn specific teaching practises to combat bias in the classroom.
Awareness Activities (EdChange.org): The Multicultural Pavilion, which was produced by EdChange, is a wonderful assortment of resources for educators. This collection of awareness activities offers a wealth of interesting ideas and activities that can be used to initiate discussions about diversity at the start of the academic year. Make sure you check out the Teacher’s Corner for lesson plan suggestions, classroom management techniques, and a lot more.
This website, which is hosted by Brown University, is called Teaching Diverse Learners, and it is described as “a resource dedicated to enhancing the capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitably with English-language learners (ELLs).” You will find great practical teaching strategies, ideas for engaging elementary students who are learning English as a second language, and tips for reaching out to families.
Teaching for Change is a nonprofit organisation with the mission of providing “teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world.” Teaching for Change also offers lesson plans and other educational resources. The website offers a variety of engaging and thought-provoking lesson plans, as well as suggestions for addressing issues of diversity and race in the classroom and links to other helpful educator resources.
This collection of resources for educators was put together by Scholastic and focuses on multiculturalism and diversity in the classroom. Lesson plans are included. In addition to some interesting lesson plans, there are also a large number of articles that feature advice and methods that can assist educators in engaging students and families who come from a variety of backgrounds. A fantastic place to begin is by establishing connections with the children and parents of a variety of cultural backgrounds.
This article, written by TeacherVision, is titled “Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students,” and it is packed with helpful and ready-to-use hints for welcoming and engaging diverse students in the classroom. The collection of Diversity Resources for Teachers available on TeacherVision is where you will find additional helpful ideas and lesson plans.
Resource Library (Inclusive Schools Network): This library contains a wealth of resources that cover a variety of subjects pertaining to diversity, with a particular emphasis on the development of equitable educational opportunities for students who have disabilities. Beginning with the Inclusion Basics will give you a fantastic overview of how to create an inclusive learning environment in the classroom. This page of the resource guide for culturally responsive teaching is full of helpful ideas, hints, and strategies that can be used to communicate with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds who have disabilities. You also have the option of delving more deeply into topics such as evaluation, collaboration, and working with families.
More From Edutopia
On Edutopia, you’ll find an abundance of articles that are both interesting and enlightening. For more resources, make sure to look at the page dedicated to culturally responsive teaching. The following is a selection of Edutopia writers’ most popular blog posts:
Equity for Students Who Are Attempting to Learn English by Rusul Alrubail (2016)
Joshua Block’s Teaching Toward Consciousness is the author of the book (2016)
The Difference Between Equity and Equality: Six Steps Toward Equity by Shane Safir (2016)
Michael Hernandez is the author of the book “Social Justice Projects in the Classroom” (2016)