Posted: Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:08am Updated: Wed, 03/31/2021 - 1:43pm


Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning. (Ladson-Billings, 1994.) Cultural competence is a key factor in enabling educators to be effective with students from cultures other than their own. Cultural competence is having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views and having the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students and their families. It is the ability to understand the differences that make each student unique while celebrating the variations that make our country a tapestry. This understanding informs and expands teaching practices as educators work towards having culturally competent learning environments. The goal is to eliminate academic gaps between cultural groups.


  • IC 20-28-3-3.5 - Incorporation of methods to establish culturally responsive school climates.
  • IC 20-31-6-1 - Requires Cultural Competency Materials (pp. 1 of 1)
  • IC 20-31-6-2 - Lists the Cultural Competency Components of a School Plan (pp. 1 of 1)

Evidence-Based Best Practices


HEA 1419 (2009) Resources

Professional Development


Various professional development opportunities are available throughout the state. Click on the links below to find information about these opportunities and about your regional IDOE – School Improvement contact(s).

Talking about Race in the Classroom (LEA)

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Talking about Race in the Classroom (LEA)