One of the main goals of the project was to keep the students at the center, shining a spotlight on their cultures and knowledge that they bring to the table. Being culturally responsive doesn’t just mean changing names on your tests to reflect your students, and it definitely means more than just avoiding the word, “Christmas,” or bringing up culture on designated holidays or days/months of remembrance. Creating a learning environment where students feel welcomed and valued for their unique experiences and cultures, rather than made to feel it is a detriment, is what it is all about.
We have created a cultural responsiveness checklist and once we publish our work and post here, we invite you to bring this into your classrooms, schools, community programs, and beyond to take a hard look at how you can make your learning environment less exclusive and more inclusive.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant 1543124. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.