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English Language Learner KnowledgeBase for Administrators & Teachers

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The English Language Learner (ELL) KnowledgeBase for Administrators and Teachers is an online resource supporting both the administration, teaching and execution of programs for English learning students. It offers resources related to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requirements and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Task 1: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Practices



How to Practice Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

This January 2019 Teach for America (TFA) website explores how Culturally Relevant Pedagogy is a pedagogical framework that grounds and informs every aspect of a teacher's practice. This website also explores CRP, a pedagogical framework coined by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings in the early ’90s, which rests on three fundamental pillars—academic achievement, cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness. These three pillars work in tandem with one another—teachers cannot be academically rigorous unless they are also grounding their practice in cultural competence and sociopolitical consciousness. In other words, a culturally relevant teacher cannot focus on one pillar without also inherently focusing on the others.

Practical Tips

3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive

Zaretta Hammond's 2015 Website explores Culturally responsive teaching. She writes: "Everybody is talking about it. The big question is: How do you actually make lessons culturally responsive?" That comes up regularly when I am working with groups of teachers to improve outcomes for diverse students who are struggling. I remember working with a group of sixth grade teachers on improving learning for their at-risk students. These teachers were frustrated that their students, 95 percent of them students of color and English language learners, were not applying themselves to learning."

Culturally Responsive Teaching

This Brown University website offers principles for Culturally Responsive Teaching. Their website states culture is central to learning. It plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals. A pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates fundamental cultures offers full, equitable access to education for students from all cultures.


Culturally Responsive Teaching - Edutopia

This Edutopia website features culturally responsive teaching resources ideas, tips, and strategies for reaching culturally diverse students.

Resources for Addressing Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Your Classroom

The National Educational Association (NEA) has established this page to help educators integrate multicultural and diversity education into the K - 12 classroom experience. The following resources consist of NEA Web pages with information about multicultural and diversity education, books for multicultural educators, and web sites containing multicultural education curriculum.

The Teacher's Corner - Multicultural Pavilion with Paul C. Gorski

Paul Gorski's Critical Multicultural Pavilion EdChange website offers Teacher's Features, Resources & Praxis, Concepts and Philosophies on teaching multicultural students. The website focuses on Equity Literacy and Equity Case Studies as well as: Multicultural Curriculum,  Equity Exercises and Activities, Equity Awareness Quizzes, Social Justice Song Index, Historic Speeches with Social Justice Themes, and Other Educational Equity Sites.


Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practice

This website is a resource for teachers on how to create a culturally responsive classroom environment.



15 Culturally-Responsive Teaching Strategies

This September 2017 Prodigy Blog shares that no single teaching approach will engage each student at once, but building a strategy to consistently deliver culturally-responsive lessons will help you appeal to diverse learners with distinct backgrounds.  Rooted in differentiated instruction principles, culturally-responsive pedagogy aims to link content — from delivery to assessment — with students’ ancestral and contemporary cultures.

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