Create a culturally responsive classroom to ensure you respect the identities of your students of color, this should increase classroom engagement.


  • Shift your pedagogy towards culturally responsive teaching to cultivate racially aware and equitable classrooms.


  • Research shows that our implicit biases impact our classrooms, even when we don't intentionally try to.
    • 80% of American teachers are White while nearly half of our students are youth of color, and this population is growing. This means that the a huge number of students do not share their racial identities with their teacher. As a result, it’s extremely important that white teachers work hard to better understand and appreciate the lived experiences and cultural identities of their students of color.


  • Culturally Responsive Teaching recognizes the importance of culture in learning and works to include relevant cultural references and context in every detail in the classroom.
    • This includes that teachers reflect on their own racial identity and not simply focus on the races of the students.
  • Get informed. Read literature on culturally responsive teaching, looking to Geneva Gay, Beverly Daniel Tatum, and Gary Howard for a great place to start.
  • Share! Blog or write about your success and use of creativity to make real connections with your students in a race conscious classroom (while being open to critical feedback) so that we can all learn together.