Transform district culture to create learning environments where every student is seen, heard, valued, and given the foundation they need to succeed.
Integrating inclusive and responsive practices into daily instruction is essential for all students to thrive. When educators value the uniqueness each student possesses and can create a sense of belonging in their classrooms, students are given a pathway to achieve academic excellence. Equip teachers and leaders with comprehensive learning opportunities focused on the specific needs of your district and individual buildings to create inclusive and responsive spaces.
Every student deserves to learn in an environment that cultivates a sense of belonging, honors students for their unique cultural background, and supports social and emotional development. Building a professional learning program from distinct domains helps districts focus on supporting a diverse range of student needs. The first step to building inclusive and responsive classrooms is exploring the focus areas that are key for providing teachers with the resources they need to respond to all learners.
Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills needed to succeed both in school and in life.
Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences.
Understand the physiological, social, emotional, and academic impacts of trauma and adversity on students.
Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity.
Support English Learners so they can meet, unlock, and harness their full potential.
Use Universal Design for Learning to help students with disabilities learn, grow, and thrive.
Transforming district culture is a significant change that can’t happen with the traditional one-off PD day. Begin a multi-year professional learning program that’s designed to provide both teachers and leaders with skills they need to meet the needs of all students. Together, we align your personalized learning program to your district’s strategic goals to deliver meaningful outcomes. Each plan has distinct phases of learning that provide immersive development experiences layered throughout the school year.
All professional learning should lead to specific and impactful shifts in practice for leaders, teachers, and students. Every learning experience is tied to an outcome that can be observed and measured with data to support sustained inclusive and responsive changes throughout the district.
Teachers will work towards outcomes to create classrooms that feature diverse and inclusive lessons and a learning environment that provides paths to success for different learning types. Through the use of purposeful supports and scaffolds, all students will have equitable access to the learning environment, tasks, and content.
Both teachers and leaders will also work towards district-wide outcomes to create schools that give educators more opportunities to creatively plan with colleagues, access inclusive resources, and change school culture to celebrate student differences.
All learning experiences should be designed to ultimately create meaningful outcomes for leaders, teachers, and students. Whether it’s a Coaching session, Virtual Workshop, or an online strategy, our team of Learning Designers create experiences for educators that are guided by these core beliefs:
Centering equity in education ensures that all students can be successful, celebrated, and treated fairly.
Purposefully integrating content from a variety of cultures and groups offers students multiple perspectives, narratives, and histories to be critically examined and discussed.
Recognizing and adjusting our personal mindsets helps begin the work of restructuring systems to be more equitable.
From 2019-2020, BetterLesson worked with 21 educators in the Kansas City area as part of a partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. The primary goal of the partnership was to publish a robust collection of culturally responsive lessons, instructional strategies, classroom videos and resources that were classroom-ready and designed to bridge the gap between the theory of inclusive and responsive practices and their implementation in the classroom. With the help of a diverse group of teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators, the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Master Teacher Project came to life.
By the end of the project, the teachers created over 100 culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies that were freely available to educators around the world. The teachers involved in the project continued their work in a number of ways, including creating new diverse curriculum for their districts, leading book studies, engaging in education fellowships, and providing support to colleagues.
Support both teachers and leaders with professional learning that gives them the tools they need to make meaningful changes for all students.
All of our learning experiences are aligned with the findings of experts studying inclusive and responsive practices in order to connect research to actionable steps for teachers and leaders. Some of the research and philosophies that we align our learning experiences with include:
Read an outline of the practices and principles of responsive classrooms to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.Read Article
Learn more about the benefits of inclusive classrooms for all students, with or without disabilities.Learn the Benefits
This article takes a deep-dive into inclusive education to gather a solid understanding of what it means, what the research shows, and proven strategies that bring out the benefits for everyone.Explore Inclusive Instruction
Learn strategies district leaders can employ to ensure classroom and school cultures are inclusive, responsive, and supportive spaces for students with disabilities.
Watch an application-packed session designed to help you understand what executive functioning skills are and why they matter so much in student learning.
Explore how to keep a student-centered focus on the needs of all learners and use trauma-informed teaching strategies to accelerate growth.
Accelerate growth in your schools and stay ahead of the curve.