Background on this Tool
Developed by the Region X Equity Assistance Center, this toolkit provides a wide range of research-based instructional practices that can help educators be more culturally responsive as teachers.
Guidance on How to Leverage this Tool
This toolkit provides a wealth of information that could be used for professional learning focused on culturally responsive teaching. The first three sections of the toolkit illustrate the significance of culturally responsive teaching by demonstrating that effective teaching is culturally responsive. The information in the first three sections of the toolkit could be used in a professional learning setting to help school leaders, educators, and staff members understand the importance of culturally responsive teaching.
The majority of the toolkit is organized by sets of culturally responsive instructional practices. Specifically, the toolkit provides concrete culturally responsive instructional strategies in the following areas:
- Caring and Community Building
- Cross-Cultural Communication
- Matching Instruction to Learning Styles
- Recognizing Key Dimensions of Learning Styles
- Creating an Equitable Classroom Climate
For each instructional practice described in the toolkit, the authors provide a clear description and often, at least one reference to related research. School leaders, educators, and staff could use this inventory of instructional practices to create a shared vocabulary for what culturally responsive teaching looks like and provide professional learning opportunities to help teachers and staff incorporate them into their daily practice.
Getting Started with the Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices Toolkit
Given the breadth of this toolkit, school leaders are encouraged to first collaborate with a diverse set of stakeholders (e.g., educators, staff members, students, caregivers, community partners) to determine the school’s strengths and areas for growth related to culturally responsive teaching before reviewing the toolkit.
Reference: Region X Equity Assistance Center at Education Northwest. For more information, visit this webpage.