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

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

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

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
TitleDescriptionTagsAuthor
Sociology of Immigration, Part 1Classic sociological frameworks and theories for understanding what happens when people come to a new societyelementary school, middle school, high school, videoThe Immigrant Learning Center
Sociology of Immigration, Part 2Sociological frameworks for immigration and research about Latino school experienceselementary school, middle school, high school, videoThe Immigrant Learning Center
Creating Welcoming Classrooms: How Understanding the Concept of Implicit Bias Can Strengthen Your TeachingIntroduction to implicit bias, strategies for combatting it in the classroom, and links to videos and resources for learning moreadult and higher education, article/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Three Things Teachers Can Do To Support Immigrant StudentsTips, strategies and links to resources for educators who would like to better support their immigrant studentsadult and higher education, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, toolkitThe Immigrant Learning Center
Generation Z, Diversity and Fake NewsTips and strategies for giving students culturally competent support, even where race and immigration are contentious topicsadult and higher education, article/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle schoolThe 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 supportblog, elementary school, high school, middle schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Best 15 Books about Immigration for StudentsRecommended books to diversify your classroom library or summer reading list with stories of the immigrant experienceblog, book list, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Drawing Support: Activities for Children to Support Immigrants and Essential WorkersColoring pages and discussion starters to guide conversations with children about newcomers and the COVID-19 pandemicactivity, early childhood, elementary school, middle schoolThe 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 knowledgeadult and higher education, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, toolkitThe Immigrant Learning Center
Developing Critical Consciousness: Five Things Teachers Can DoFifteen minute video on identifying forms of oppression in the classroom and taking action to create a more equitable spaceadult and higher education, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, videoThe Immigrant Learning Center
Books That Explore the Refugee ExperienceList of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the worldbook list, elementary school, high school, middle schoolEdutopia
Professional Development Module: Key Immigration IssuesProfessional development module helping educators understand contemporary immigration policies and issuesarticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle school, on-demand learningCUNY Initiative on Immigration & Education
Building Welcoming SchoolsToolkit 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, toolkitWelcoming America
Welcoming Week ToolkitToolkit designed for adult educators who are interested in building more inclusive classrooms and communitiesadult and higher education, community organization, toolkitWelcoming America
Welcoming Refugees – EducationStories and case studies of welcoming practices in education throughout the U.S.adult and higher education, community organization, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteWelcoming America
Learning For Justice: ImmigrationTell complex stories about immigration and find strategies for serving immigrant students and familieselementary school, high school, middle school, websiteLearning for Justice
Create a Welcoming ClassroomA wealth of resources, articles and videos about creating welcoming classrooms for English language learnerselementary school, high school, middle school, websiteColorín Colorado
A Culturally Responsive Guide to Fostering the Inclusion of Immigrant Origin StudentsFree guide with insights, research and evidence-based practices from scholars of education, youth development and language educationearly childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteRe-Imagining Migration
ELL Shifting to an Asset-Based ParadigmThis issue of Voices in Urban Education focuses on English language learners as bicultural, bilingual leaders of the futurearticle/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle schoolAnnenberg Institute for School Reform
Reflections from Teachers of Culturally Diverse ChildrenArticle describing common misconceptions about culturally diverse students and suggestions for how teachers can develop cultural competencearticle/report, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle schoolDr. Michaela W. Colombo, Beyond the Journal
Multicultural LearningSet of resources (including teacher case studies and reflective activities) about multicultural education in the classroomearly childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteThe National Association for Multicultural Education
Culturally Responsive Teaching ChecklistChecklist and visual to support teachers in reflection and self-assessmentearly childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteRe-Imagining Migration
Books Matter: Children’s LiteratureBook lists for various ages to bring challenging topics and diverse perspectives into the classroombook list, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteAnti-Defamation League
Teaching for ChangeProfessional development, publications and parent organizing programs with direct connections to real world issuesearly childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteTeaching 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 USelementary school, high school, middle school, podcastDr. Michael Sadowski, Harvard Education Press
Talking to Kids about Asian American Identity & RacismTools for having conversations with kids about their own identity and understanding the complex dimensions of racismarticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteImmigrant History Initiative
Children of Immigrants Webinar SeriesRecorded webinar series sharing research relating to the early learning and development needs of children in immigrant familiesearly childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteFoundation for Child Development
UnderstandingPrejudice.orgCollection of resources and activities on prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism and diversityelementary school, high school, middle school, websiteUnderstandingPrejudice.org
Re-imagining Migration Learning ArcResearch-based, comprehensive and actionable set of principles designed to prepare educators and institutions to respond to changing demographicselementary school, high school, middle school, websiteVeronica Boix Mansilla, Re-Imagining Migration
Anti-Bias EducationWebinars, lesson plans and additional resources that that teach young people to embrace diversity and stand up to biaselementary school, high school, middle school, websiteAnti-Defamation League
Teaching Early Grade Literacy to Migrant Children from Central America and the Dominican Republic: A Culturally Relevant Pedagogy-Based GuideRecommendations for culturally relevant pedagogy on early grade literacy for children from Central America and the Caribbeanarticle/report, elementary schoolAlex Bonilla Jarquín, Natalia Guzmán Taveras, & Rafael Meza Duriez, The Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University
Supporting Immigrants in SchoolsFour-part video series and resource guide for creating safe and welcoming environments for immigrant students and familieselementary school, high school, lesson plan, middle school, video, websiteCUNY Initiative on Immigration & Education
Inspiring English Language LearnersBilingual English/Spanish blog by a high school ESOL teacherblog, elementary school, high school, middle schoolEmily Francis
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