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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Key Responsibilities of a School-Family Partnership Lead

This tool from CASEL's Guide to Schoolwide SEL defines the role of a parent leader who is a member of the school's SEL team and coordinator of school-family partnerships. Also available in Spanish.


TAGS family partnerships parents/parenting SEL partnerships toolkit parent leadership culturally responsive communications family and community engagement

The Hexagon Tool: Exploring Context

Tool for evaluating evidence-based programs on the basis of need, fit, resource availability, evidence, readiness for replication, and capacity to implement.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

TAGS implementation support toolkit culturally responsive evidence-based programs SEL leadership

Selecting an Evidence-Based Program

This tool offers guiding questions and a rating table template to determine whether an evidence-based program answers the needs of your students, families, teachers, school, and district.


TAGS culturally responsive implementation plan evidence-based programs planning SEL leadership



Oakland PK-Adult SEL Standards

Oakland's SEL standards, which have been enhanced to prioritize equity and respect for diversity.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS SEL standards equity culturally responsive PK-12

Key Features of High-Quality Standards for SEL

American Institutes for Research and CASEL's guidance for State Education Agencies on developing SEL policies and guidelines, with examples from other states.


TAGS SEL standards board policies implementation support culturally responsive professional learning planning

Training Educators to Understand the Needs of English Learners PreK-12

White paper about educator training in English to Speakers of Other Languages, Touches on building on students' cultural background and experiences and the impact of teacher biases toward students learning English.

SOURCE: ESOL in Higher Ed

TAGS anti-bias research brief english language learners culturally responsive teacher training PK-12

English for Speakers of Other Languages – Culture and Cultural Proficiency

Audio vignettes, pre-made presentations, videos, tools, and useful links for teachers of English Learners regarding characteristics of culture, learning styles, collectivism, and ways teachers can embrace diversity in their teaching style and interactions.

SOURCE: ESOL in Higher Ed

TAGS cultural competence anti-bias english language learners equity culturally responsive building community

Resources for Identity Safe Classrooms

Resource library accompaniment to the book Identity Safe Classrooms, including resources on stereotype threat and identity safety, relationships, cultivating diversity as a resource, child-centered teaching, and caring environments.

SOURCE: External website

TAGS anti-bias toolkit relationship skills reading lists - staff equity culturally responsive culture and climate building community

Fulfilling the Unkept Promise of Educational Opportunities for California’s Long Term English Learners

Executive summary of a report on California's long-term English Language Learners and recommendations for better supporting students at the secondary level who have not reached English proficiency.

SOURCE: External website

TAGS anti-bias board policies research brief english language learners culturally responsive

What English Language Learners Wish Teachers Knew

Edweek article lays bare the culture among educators of ignoring, holding low expectations, and harboring biases towards English Language Learners, with recommendations for improving.

SOURCE: Education Week

TAGS cultural competence anti-bias reading lists - staff english language learners culturally responsive

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