Culturally responsive teaching is… good teaching

Our public school system is supposed to be an engine of equity: students from all backgrounds should be able to receive an education that will help them succeed in life and maybe even do better than their parents did. Unfortunately, the statistics on student outcomes – including graduation and college admission rates – tell a different story. Many students from low-income and BIPOC families still attend schools where their prospects of success are uncertain.

Fortunately, many educators are rethinking assumptions to reveal entrenched biases and invent new teaching strategies. This video offers a glimpse at some of the solutions that award-winning educators have discovered to make their lessons more inclusive and their schools more equitable.

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Thank you to Barrett Rosser, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education for sharing her expertise. Thank you to Teacher Evelyn Lara for sharing her expertise and teaching strategies. Ms. Lara teaches at IDEA Frontier College Prep, which won a GreatSchools College Success Award.