Diversity and Culturally Responsive Teaching

Understanding and valuing your immigrant students’ lives and cultures can help foster a sense of belonging, ensure that all students feel respected and increase openness to learning. The ILC Public Education Institute has compiled these resources to help you develop and maintain a culturally responsive, asset-based teaching practice. Search below or use the “Browse” tab to explore a list of all available options.

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Best 15 Books about Immigration for Students

Recommended books to diversify your classroom library or summer reading list with stories of the immigrant experience

Sociology of Immigration, Part 1

Classic sociological frameworks and theories for understanding what happens when people come to a new society

2022 Immigrant Student Success Toolkit

Resources and highlights from the 2022 Immigrant Student Success conference

Sociology of Immigration, Part 2

Sociological frameworks for immigration and research about Latino school experiences

Generation Z, Diversity and Fake News

Tips and strategies for giving students culturally competent support, even where race and immigration are contentious topics

What Does it Mean to Be a Black Immigrant in the United States?

Learn about the growing Black immigrant population, the bias they face in education and ways educators can offer support

Drawing Support: Activities for Children to Support Immigrants and Essential Workers

Coloring pages and discussion starters to guide conversations with children about newcomers and the COVID-19 pandemic

Developing Critical Consciousness: Five Things Teachers Can Do

Fifteen minute video on identifying forms of oppression in the classroom and taking action to create a more equitable space

Data: Multicultural Picture Books

Live data charts examining the disparities in representation of BIPOC in current multicultural children's picture books.

Professional Development Module: Key Immigration Issues

Professional development module helping educators understand contemporary immigration policies and issues

Building Welcoming Schools

Toolkit for schools and after school learning centers on how to be a welcoming school and participate in Welcoming America’s…

Welcoming Week Toolkit

Toolkit designed for adult educators who are interested in building more inclusive classrooms and communities

Learning For Justice: Immigration

Tell complex stories about immigration and find strategies for serving immigrant students and families

Create a Welcoming Classroom

A wealth of resources, articles and videos about creating welcoming classrooms for English language learners

A Culturally Responsive Guide to Fostering the Inclusion of Immigrant Origin Students

Free guide with insights, research and evidence-based practices from scholars of education, youth development and language education

ELL Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm

This issue of Voices in Urban Education focuses on English language learners as bicultural, bilingual leaders of the future

Reflections from Teachers of Culturally Diverse Children

Article describing common misconceptions about culturally diverse students and suggestions for how teachers can develop cultural competence

Multicultural Learning

Set of resources (including teacher case studies and reflective activities) about multicultural education in the classroom

Teaching for Change

Professional development, publications and parent organizing programs with direct connections to real world issues

How Can Schools Best Support Immigrant Students?

Interview with author of Portraits of Promise sharing perspectives of successful immigrant students from across the US

Talking to Kids about Asian American Identity & Racism

Tools for having conversations with kids about their own identity and understanding the complex dimensions of racism

Children of Immigrants Webinar Series

Recorded webinar series sharing research relating to the early learning and development needs of children in immigrant families

UnderstandingPrejudice.org

Collection of resources and activities on prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism and diversity

Re-imagining Migration Learning Arc

Research-based, comprehensive and actionable set of principles designed to prepare educators and institutions to respond to changing demographics

Anti-Bias Education

Webinars, lesson plans and additional resources that that teach young people to embrace diversity and stand up to bias

Supporting Immigrants in Schools

Four-part video series and resource guide for creating safe and welcoming environments for immigrant students and families

Book List: Immigrant/Refugee

Selection of books about immigrants and refugees that includes varied racial/cultural representation and a focus on #OwnVoices

Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

List of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the world

Books Matter: Children’s Literature

Book lists for various ages to bring challenging topics and diverse perspectives into the classroom
Title Description Tags Author
Sociology of Immigration, Part 1 Classic sociological frameworks and theories for understanding what happens when people come to a new society elementary school, middle school, high school, video The Immigrant Learning Center
Sociology of Immigration, Part 2 Sociological frameworks for immigration and research about Latino school experiences elementary school, middle school, high school, video The Immigrant Learning Center
Creating Welcoming Classrooms: How Understanding the Concept of Implicit Bias Can Strengthen Your Teaching Introduction to implicit bias, strategies for combatting it in the classroom, and links to videos and resources for learning more adult and higher education, article/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
2022 Immigrant Student Success Toolkit Resources and highlights from the 2022 Immigrant Student Success conference toolkit, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
Three Things Teachers Can Do To Support Immigrant Students Tips, strategies and links to resources for educators who would like to better support their immigrant students adult and higher education, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, toolkit The Immigrant Learning Center
Generation Z, Diversity and Fake News Tips and strategies for giving students culturally competent support, even where race and immigration are contentious topics adult and higher education, article/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
What Does it Mean to Be a Black Immigrant in the United States? Learn about the growing Black immigrant population, the bias they face in education and ways educators can offer support blog, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
Best 15 Books about Immigration for Students Recommended books to diversify your classroom library or summer reading list with stories of the immigrant experience blog, book list, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
Drawing Support: Activities for Children to Support Immigrants and Essential Workers Coloring pages and discussion starters to guide conversations with children about newcomers and the COVID-19 pandemic activity, early childhood, elementary school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
Five Things Teachers Can Do to Support Immigrant Students (2020 Immigrant Student Success Toolkit) Toolkit for supporting immigrant students, from strategies for addressing trauma to telling stories to build knowledge adult and higher education, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, toolkit The Immigrant Learning Center
Developing Critical Consciousness: Five Things Teachers Can Do Fifteen minute video on identifying forms of oppression in the classroom and taking action to create a more equitable space adult and higher education, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, video The Immigrant Learning Center
Books That Explore the Refugee Experience List of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the world book list, elementary school, high school, middle school Edutopia
Data: Multicultural Picture Books Live data charts examining the disparities in representation of BIPOC in current multicultural children’s picture books. website, early childhood, elementary school Diverse Book Finder
Professional Development Module: Key Immigration Issues Professional development module helping educators understand contemporary immigration policies and issues article/report, elementary school, high school, middle school, on-demand learning CUNY Initiative on Immigration & Education
Building Welcoming Schools Toolkit for schools and after school learning centers on how to be a welcoming school and participate in Welcoming America’s Welcoming Week. community organization, elementary school, high school, middle school, toolkit Welcoming America
Welcoming Week Toolkit Toolkit designed for adult educators who are interested in building more inclusive classrooms and communities adult and higher education, community organization, toolkit Welcoming America
Welcoming Refugees – Education Stories and case studies of welcoming practices in education throughout the U.S. adult and higher education, community organization, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Welcoming America
Learning For Justice: Immigration Tell complex stories about immigration and find strategies for serving immigrant students and families elementary school, high school, middle school, website Learning for Justice
Create a Welcoming Classroom A wealth of resources, articles and videos about creating welcoming classrooms for English language learners elementary school, high school, middle school, website Colorín Colorado
A Culturally Responsive Guide to Fostering the Inclusion of Immigrant Origin Students Free guide with insights, research and evidence-based practices from scholars of education, youth development and language education early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Re-Imagining Migration
ELL Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm This issue of Voices in Urban Education focuses on English language learners as bicultural, bilingual leaders of the future article/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Reflections from Teachers of Culturally Diverse Children Article describing common misconceptions about culturally diverse students and suggestions for how teachers can develop cultural competence article/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school Dr. Michaela W. Colombo, Beyond the Journal
Multicultural Learning Set of resources (including teacher case studies and reflective activities) about multicultural education in the classroom early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, website The National Association for Multicultural Education
Culturally Responsive Teaching Checklist Checklist and visual to support teachers in reflection and self-assessment early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Re-Imagining Migration
Books Matter: Children’s Literature Book lists for various ages to bring challenging topics and diverse perspectives into the classroom book list, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Anti-Defamation League
Teaching for Change Professional development, publications and parent organizing programs with direct connections to real world issues early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Teaching for Change
How Can Schools Best Support Immigrant Students? Interview with author of Portraits of Promise sharing perspectives of successful immigrant students from across the US elementary school, high school, middle school, podcast Dr. Michael Sadowski, Harvard Education Press
Talking to Kids about Asian American Identity & Racism Tools for having conversations with kids about their own identity and understanding the complex dimensions of racism article/report, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Immigrant History Initiative
Children of Immigrants Webinar Series Recorded webinar series sharing research relating to the early learning and development needs of children in immigrant families early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Foundation for Child Development
UnderstandingPrejudice.org Collection of resources and activities on prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism and diversity elementary school, high school, middle school, website UnderstandingPrejudice.org
Re-imagining Migration Learning Arc Research-based, comprehensive and actionable set of principles designed to prepare educators and institutions to respond to changing demographics elementary school, high school, middle school, website Veronica Boix Mansilla, Re-Imagining Migration
Anti-Bias Education Webinars, lesson plans and additional resources that that teach young people to embrace diversity and stand up to bias elementary school, high school, middle school, website Anti-Defamation League
Teaching Early Grade Literacy to Migrant Children from Central America and the Dominican Republic: A Culturally Relevant Pedagogy-Based Guide Recommendations for culturally relevant pedagogy on early grade literacy for children from Central America and the Caribbean article/report, elementary school Alex Bonilla Jarquín, Natalia Guzmán Taveras, & Rafael Meza Duriez, The Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University
Supporting Immigrants in Schools Four-part video series and resource guide for creating safe and welcoming environments for immigrant students and families elementary school, high school, lesson plan, middle school, video, website CUNY Initiative on Immigration & Education
Book List: Immigrant/Refugee Selection of books about immigrants and refugees that includes varied racial/cultural representation and a focus on #OwnVoices website, early childhood, elementary school Diverse Book Finder
Inspiring English Language Learners Bilingual English/Spanish blog by a high school ESOL teacher blog, elementary school, high school, middle school Emily Francis
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