Global CTE Toolkit

Ways to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

The rise in diversity across the United States means today’s students will be working and living with people from a wide array of backgrounds. It also means instructors increasingly have diverse populations of students in their classrooms. Below are resources to assist educators in creating a culturally responsive classroom that is respectful of diversity and inclusive of all perspectives and backgrounds. 

Classroom Resources 

  • ACTE has gathered reports, articles, guides and toolkits to help you develop and support access and equity in high-quality CTE programs of study.
  • Anti-Defamation League's free K-12 curricula teaches current events topics through the lens of diversity, bias, and social justice. 
  • Diversity Discussion Starters are conversation starters to get your classroom discussing diversity.
  • Diversity Memo: Tell Me a Story is a tool from Race Bridge Studios to help students tell stories of diversity in the classroom.
  • Facing History provides free resources on teaching history as well as current events. 
  • The Human Library, based out of Denmark, was created to promote a greater understanding among people of different backgrounds. 
  • OECD Toolkit on Teaching for Diversity contains free tools and resources to equip educators to teach in increasingly diverse classrooms.
  • StoryCorps was developed to, "preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world." See the stories of others or have students create new stories.
  • Tanenbaum’s Seven Principles for Inclusive Education contains free resources and curricula for inclusive and respectful classrooms. 

  • Teaching Tolerance provides free resources anchored in their Social Justice Standards.

  • Who Are My Students? activity from Asia Society, utilizes Mapping the Nation to help you take stock of who your students are and where they come from, allowing you to use the diversity in your classroom to engage your students. 


Articles, books, and blog posts on educating diverse students. 

Global CTE Toolkit

This is part of the Center for Global Education's Global CTE Toolkit, which provides professional development, tools, and resources to help CTE educators integrate global competence into their curriculum. Learn more »

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