Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning: Master Teacher Project

Ensure students from all cultures and perspectives have full and equitable access to learning

About Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning: Master Teacher Project

Thanks to the support of the Kauffman Foundation, BetterLesson partnered with 22 teachers and school leaders based in Kansas City and the surrounding counties who implement CRTL best practices in their classrooms to capture and share their effective practices.

While eradicating racism from our educational institutions seems like a daunting task, there is work that can be done within the walls of a school or classroom. Research has shown there are many teaching and professional development strategies that can lead teachers of all genders and races to treat students more equitably and maximize the learning of students who have historically been most underserved by our education system.

In order to help close the race- and ethnicity-based opportunity and achievement gaps in education, we are providing teachers with culturally responsive strategies, tools, and resources to ensure their classrooms maximize the learning of all students, and in particular those that have historically been most marginalized by our education system.  

These culturally responsive strategies, tools, and resources are equally important for teachers who teach mostly white students. The best CRTL approaches will teach all students to be racially conscious, equity-minded, anti-bias, and anti-racist.

Featured Strategies

Teachers should reflect on how their decisions and discretion impact students' views of themselves and others
Teachers should reflect on how their decisions and discretion impact students' views of themselves and others
Shared classroom values are a first step toward understanding what students value and need to feel safe in your classroom
Shared classroom values are a first step toward understanding what students value and need to feel safe in your classroom
Strategically plan to ensure all students have equal access to advanced courses
Strategically plan to ensure all students have equal access to advanced courses

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