Culture and student experiences inform how students communicate, think, learn, and interact. Ensuring that classrooms are culturally responsive is essential for creating learning environments that are effective for all students.
This focus area supports educators in building an empathetic foundation that honors diverse student backgrounds and experiences so meaningful learning can take place.
Culturally responsive teaching and learning is a foundational approach to instruction grounded on the understanding that student background is central to learning. We support skill development through personalized pathways built from BL Connect, Workshops, 1:1 Coaching, and Learning Walks to achieve clear outcomes.
Outcome: I center student identities in my teaching to make sure my students feel included.
Outcome: I examine what and how I teach in order to include multiple perspectives.
Outcome: I honor the contributions of families to create partnerships that support student success.
Outcome: I am mindful about how I speak to and about my students.
Outcome: I apply a restorative approach to my behavior management practices.
“We could not have designed initiatives to effectively address culturally responsive teaching and learning practices without the partnership of BetterLesson and their learning walk. We have a concrete plan for how to move forward. This wasn't just a warm and fuzzy experience.”
“[My coach] was able to offer suggestions, be a sounding board, and give encouragement when needed. She pushed me to be reflective through her questioning and allowed me to get to a resolution without ‘telling’ me what to do. This type of coaching was empowering.”
Learn effective classroom management that creates a welcoming learning environment to support all learners.
Form authentic, trusting relationships with students’ families as a foundational part of building an inviting learning community.
Explore strategies to support teachers as they develop lessons that allow students to explore bias and social justice.
We’ve identified four elements that are key for academic success and for building student-centered classrooms. BetterLesson guides teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders through focus areas within each element to lead their professional development journey.
Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.
Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.
Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.
Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.
Turn strategies into outcomes. Our team is here to help.
Read a study that asks whether culturally relevant teaching and learning works by considering student perceptions of classrooms that vary in the amount of culturally relevant practices.Read Study
Dive into two social psychology skills—perspective-taking and individuating—that have been found to reduce the effects of implicit bias.Read Strategies
Explore primary school teachers’ understanding and level of multicultural competence and the effects of training in raising awareness about multiculturalism in the classroom.Read More
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