Resource Roundup: 12 ways to be more culturally responsive and sustaining

What does culturally responsive and sustaining teaching look like? How do educators relate to and understand a culture other than their own in a way that is authentic and genuine? Where does CRE end and highly effective teaching begin? Use these resources to explore the theory and practice of culturally responsive and sustaining education.

Recently, the Remake Learning blog has been exploring culturally responsive and sustaining education. First, we looked into origins and definitions. Then, we reported on how teachers are learning to practice culturally responsive arts education. Then, we discussed the conceptual and practical aspects with Dr. Tyra Good.

Now, we’ve collected 12 reports, connections, and opportunities to help you go further with culturally responsive and sustaining education, whether you’re just getting started or looking to expand your horizons.

Something missing from this rundown? Email to let us know!


But That’s Just Good Teaching!

A foundational text by Gloria Ladson-Billings, includes a working definition and framework for culturally responsive education

Culturally Responsive Teaching

An analysis of teaching standards in all 50 states that looks into if and how teachers are expected (and supported) to integrate culturally responsive teaching.

The unexamined whiteness of teaching

A paper examining how the life experiences of white educators shapes their teaching across race in the classroom.

Sesame Workshop Identity Matters Study

An exploration of how parents and educators perceive the role of children’s social identity development and learning.


CRE Stories

A collection of nine short documentaries sharing the experiences of parents, teachers, principals, and students with racism, bias, and culturally responsive education.

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard

Designed by researchers at the NYU Metro Center to help parents, teachers, students, and community members determine the extent to which their schools’ English Language Arts curricula are (or are not) culturally responsive.


A hub that combines research, design, and practice to create an evidence-based framework for more equitable and innovative education.

El Círculo Juvenil de Cultura

El Círculo Juvenil de Cultura supports the maintenance and development of Spanish as a heritage language and cultural literacy for children of Latino families in the Pittsburgh community.


State of Black Learning

An annual summit hosted in Pittsburgh and designed to foster dialogue equip educators with tools to support culturally sustaining practices.

Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum

A professional learning experience for education professionals in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region that focuses on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

Empowered Educators

A forum for teachers, educators, administrators, counselors and the like to think critically and openly discuss topics of race, equity, bias, and pedagogy.

Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants

Educators can apply for up to $10,000 to help them embed anti-bias principles throughout their classrooms, schools and districts.

Published December 16, 2019