Video: Building a Belonging Classroom

An Edutopia video on Building a Belonging Classroom.  “In order to learn, students need to feel safe, cared for, and emotionally connected to their teachers and each other. #HowLearningHappens”

ED School Climate Surveys

Leaders’ support of student-centered learning experiences that foster belonging and ignite student agency, identity and voice will build towards inclusive and affirming environments.  Districts can utilize the School Climate Survey to collect and act on reliable, nationally-validated school climate data in real-time.

School Climate Improvement: Resource Package

To improve school and district climates, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments’ School Climate Improvement Resource Package includes resources to meet a range of needs among those who are interested in improving school climate.   Districts may also choose to implement the School Climate Survey.  

5 Things Educators Can Do to Address Bias in Their School

Providing continual professional development and support for teachers to ensure their pedagogy is anti-bias and anti-racist. Explore five things educators can do to address bias in schools as identified by the National Education Association.

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecards

The Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecards, designed by the NYU Metro Center, help parents, teachers, students and community members determine the extent to which their schools’ curricula are (or are not) culturally responsive.  

New York State: Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has their Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CR-SE) framework, intended to help all stakeholders incorporate four high leverage CR-SE strategies.   School leaders should reference page 34 for inclusive curriculum guidelines.   District leaders should reference page 39 for inclusive curriculum guidelines. 

Buffalo Public Schools: Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Initiatives

School districts across the country are incorporating an equity and inclusion lens into all aspects of education to promote equitable opportunities that help students thrive, inclusive of all in the school community. Buffalo Public School’s work on Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education can provide a model for other districts to follow.