Culturally Responsive

Culturally responsive teaching refers to practices and approaches that support “culturally and linguistically diverse students who have been marginalized in schools build their skill and capacity to do rigorous work.” (Hammond, 2018). The term has been used more broadly to describe approaches that demonstrate awareness of and respect for the various social and cultural identities of students, that use students’ cultural references as a part of instruction and curriculum to empower and support deeper engagement and learning; that appreciate and honor diversity from a historically-grounded and strengths-focused lens; or otherwise build supportive and caring relationships across cultural backgrounds (Ladson-Billing, 2009).

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Edutopia’s How Learning Happens Video Series

Videos that combine the science of brain development and real examples of practices explicitly designed to integrate social & emotional skills in classrooms and schoolwide settings, including trauma-informed practices, co-developed class norms, Socratic circles, makerspaces, student-led conferences and more.

SOURCE: Edutopia

TAGS PLC videos SEL competence student leadership research brief culturally responsive teacher training model SEL schools PK-12 instructional practices classroom level culture and climate building community professional learning building buy-in for SEL youth voice

Oakland’s Teacher Self-Reflection: Instructional Practices that Promote SEL

Adapted from CASEL's SEL integration self assessment tool, Oakland's more detailed reflection is organized around areas of SEL competency and has teachers identify their level of practice on a continuum.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration Science english/language arts math social studies arts lesson planning teacher tool culturally responsive teacher training instructional practices

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Teacher Self-Assessment: SEL in the Classroom

Tool to reflect and set goals for bringing SEL into classroom practices and interactions. Focuses on the areas of explicit SEL instruction, SEL integration with academic instruction, and supportive classroom climate.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration Science english/language arts math social studies arts lesson planning teacher tool toolkit culturally responsive teacher training PK-12 instructional practices youth voice

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SEL-integrated Lesson Planning Checklist

List of strategies to make any academic lesson plan integrate SEL themes and skill-building experiences.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration Science english/language arts math social studies arts lesson planning teacher tool toolkit culturally responsive teacher training PK-12 instructional practices youth voice

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Definitions of Important Measurement Concepts

Everything you need to know about validity, reliability, and bias when selecting a measurement tool.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS student assessment anti-bias define SEL metrics culturally responsive assessment

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MeasuringSEL: Considerations for SEL Competency Assessment

From CASEL's Measuring SEL practitioner resources, this page describes important factors any district should consider when choosing to measure students' SEL competencies or analyze results.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS student assessment define SEL metrics equity culturally responsive assessment PK-12

Partnerships by Design: Cultivating Effective and Meaningful School-Family-Community Partnerships

This tool from Northwest REL includes forms, worksheets, and activities to assess the current state of family and community collaboration, create a vision for partnership, and set up an action plan.

SOURCE: Northwest REL

TAGS family partnerships community partnerships anti-bias toolkit parent leadership culturally responsive family and community engagement

Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

A framework for creating the right conditions for engagement and designing scaffolded family engagement initiatives that build capacity for both educators and families to partner to support students. Includes 3 school and district case studies.

SOURCE: AIR

TAGS family partnerships community partnerships parent leadership research brief culturally responsive community relations family and community engagement

School-Family Partnership Strategies to Enhance Children’s Social, Emotional, and Academic Growth

This brief provides educators with strategies and examples to build and nurture successful school-family partnerships and create an engaging and supportive climate for learning in school and at home.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS family partnerships SEL partnerships parent leadership research brief culturally responsive community relations family and community engagement

Serie de Discusión de SEL para Padres y Cuidadores

Spanish version of SEL Discussion Series for Parents and Caregivers

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS SEL partnerships toolkit spanish language resources parent leadership culturally responsive family and community engagement

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