This page lists a collection of resources to use in the classroom to promote culturally relevant teaching that focuses on creating awareness in diversity.

Resources are organized by area of diversity in the following areas: race/ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, language, and class. These are all resources that can be used by teachers to support classroom teaching, or actual lesson plans to use in the classroom.


Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise (Documentary): Haddad, L., Readdean, C. & Valadez, J. (Producers & Directors). (2004). Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise. [Television series episode]. PBS.

Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise (Lesson Plan): Prososki, L. (2004). Beyond brown: Pursuing the promise lesson plan.

I discovered this resource through my own investigation and interest years ago. The documentary explores the issues of integration, testing, and tracking in school across the U.S. From busing inner-city kids to better schools in the suburbs, to testing and tracking in schools in NYC and Los Angeles, the documentary looks at the ways it effects students and schools. I have never used the lesson plan in a classroom, however it is comprehensive and allows for students to investigate the issues of the legacy of Separate but Equal in schools. It is geared for grades 6-8.

The Dreamkeepers (Book): Ladson-Billings, G. (2009). The dreamkeepers: Successful teachers of African American children. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

This book was assigned for my Intro to Education class and was incredibly insightful. The author Gloria Ladson-Billings profiles 8 teachers in Chicago schools whose students thrive on their Culturally Relevant teaching practices. I found the teaching styles of the teachers to be very insightful and inspiring, and teachers at any stage can learn from their successes and failures. This resource is best used by teachers to help them in the classroom.

The Girl with the Brown Crayon (Book): Paley, V. G. (1997). The girl with the brown crayon. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

I read this book for my Arts and the Young Child class and was immediately intrigued. The author, Vivian Paley, details her experience in the classroom with her diverse students. They spend a year exploring many tough cultural issues through the artwork and literature of Leo Lionni. This resource is especially good for teachers of young children as it encourages teachers to use art and literature to reach students in deep ways.

Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way (Book): Schultz, B. (2007). Spectacular things happen along the way: Lessons from an urban classroom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. From Intro to Education Syllabus

This book was an assigned reading for my Intro to Education class as well. The author, Shultz discusses his success in a highly segregated classroom in Chicago. Using the culturally relevant topic of fixing their broken-down school, he motivates his students in multiple content areas to excel. They appeal to the media, politicians, and other big names to help them fix a school that is literally falling down around them. This is a great resource for teachers who need ways to motivate students by using something that is very close and important to them.

A Class Divided (Documentary): Peters, W. (Producer & Director). (1985). A class divided. [Television series episode]. Frontline From my own research

A Class Divided Teacher’s Guide (Lesson Plan): A class divided teacher’s guide. From my own research

This documentary is very powerful. It is dated, however the lessons it teaches adults and students alike is just as relevant today as it was when it first aired. It follows a teacher who performs a revolutionary experiment in her classroom with her predominately white students. They see and feel the effects of racial prejudice for themselves through this experience. The adjoining lesson plan is geared for older students preferably high school or college level.


Warm Demanders (Scholarly Article): Delpit, L. (2012). Multiplication is for White People. New York, NY: The New Press. ch.4: Skin Deep Learning, pp. 89 – 104. From Individual and Cultural Diversity Class Syllabus.

This article was assigned in my Individual and Cultural Diversity Class. It details the benefits of using a sort of “tough love” with diverse students of color. Using a combination of “academic press” and “social support” can help students of color succeed in ways other teaching methods can not.

I Won’t Learn From You (Scholarly Article): Kohl, H. R. (1991). I won’t learn from you: The role of assent in learning. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions. pp. 1-32. From Individual and Cultural Diversity Class Syllabus

This resource that I read in my Individual and Cultural Diversity Class discusses the issues that lie behind students who refuse to learn. Either by refusing to learn to read, or to learn another language, there are cultural reasons not necessarily psychological issues that lead to this.

Dropout Nation (Documentary): Koughan, Frank (Writer & Producer). (2012). Dropout Nation. [Television series episode]. Frontline.

Why I go to school: A student multimedia project – Lesson Plan.

This documentary looks at the students and teachers at a revolutionary high school in Texas that seeks to keep students from dropping out of school. It is a great resource for teachers and administrators dealing with a large deal of dropouts every year. The lesson plan is great for teachers to use with students to help them take ownership of their education. It is geared for grades 7-12.


Naming All The Parts (Scholarly Article): Bornstein, K. (2009). Naming all the parts. In Ore, T. E. (Ed.) The social construction of difference and inequality: Race, class, gender, and sexuality. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. pp. 201 – 212.

This article is an interesting piece that helps teachers understand the issues behind gender identity. Students need to feel understood, but teachers may not always understand the many nuances behind gender and sexual identity that appear today. This resource can help them. From Individual and Cultural Diversity Class Syllabus.

Growing Up Trans (Documentary): Navasky, M. & O’Connor, K. (Writers, Producers & Directors). (2015). Growing up trans [Television series episode]. Frontline.

Teacher’s Guide for Growing Up Trans (Lesson Plan): Hobbs, R. & Mendoza, K. (2015). Teacher’s Guide for Growing Up Trans. From my own research

Children and adolescents at younger and younger ages are identifying as trans or some other gender identity. It can seem overwhelming for teachers and parents who never experienced this themselves. This documentary shows the lives of young adolescents experiences this transition and how they are maneuvering through life with it. The lesson plan can be used with high school and college level students. From my own research


Coming Out in Middle School (Magazine Article): Denizet-Lewis, B. (2009, Sept. 23). Coming out in middle school. The New York Times Magazine, 1-20.

This is another personal piece that looks at the issues of young students identifying gender differences at young age. Great for teachers to understand the issues these young people face. From professor of Intro to Education class.



Uncovering Internalized Oppression (Book): Valenzuela, A. (2008). Uncovering internalized oppression. In M. Pollock (Ed.) Everyday antiracism: Getting real about race in school. New York, NY: The New Press, pp. 50 – 55.

This book looks at the very real issue of racism and more importantly micro aggression in schools. The issues of racism should be discussed and students should feel free to discuss these issues with their teachers. But many teachers and administrators are afraid to broach these highly controversial topics. This book can help teachers find successful ways to discuss racism and micro aggression in the classroom. From Individual and Cultural Diversity Class Syllabus.

Speaking in Tongues (Documentary): Jarmel, M. & Schneider, K. (Producers). (2010). Speaking in tongues [Television series episode]. PBS.

Speaking in Tongues Study Guide (Lesson Plan): Einhorn, M. (2010). Speaking in tongues study guide. PatchWorks Productions.

This documentary looks at the issues and successes faced by students, teachers and schools that use dual-language instruction. It is an important resource for any teacher who teaches in a school like this, or for any teacher who wants to understand the issues facing students learning second languages. The lesson plan can be used with students in grades 5th through 12th. Found through my own investigation.



From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt (Scholarly Article): Ladson-Billings, G. (2006). From the achievement gap to the education debt: Understanding achievement in U. S. schools. Educational Researcher, 35(7), 3-12.

This was a speech given by Gloria Ladson-Billings that discusses the real issue driving the gap between students of color and white students in schools. Understanding what really makes this gap and how it happened can help educators find ways to reverse its effects. From Individual and Cultural Diversity Class Syllabus.