Resources for Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally responsive teaching connects instruction with students’ life experiences, cultures, and languages to support their learning.

Culturally responsive teaching can help narrow racial and income-level disparities in academic achievement resulting from social, cultural, and institutional barriers. Research has found that students learn better when teaching is filtered through their own experiences. Culturally responsive practices have also been found to improve students’ perception of school climate.

Mathematica has curated this list of research-based resources to help teachers, school districts, and educational institutions understand and implement culturally responsive teaching practices in their schools and classrooms. Resources include webinars, blogs, websites, and more.

"[Culturally responsive teaching] is a pedagogy that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes."

—Gloria Ladson-Billings, 1994

Getting started

The resources in this section define culturally responsive teaching (CRT) and describe common practices that educators and school administrators can begin to implement so that students can reap the benefits of CRT in their schools and classrooms.

Improving Educational Equity through Cultural Responsiveness in Schools and Educator Preparation Programs

Source: Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica
Watch Webinars

This series aims to help educators and school administrators understand and begin to implement culturally responsive practices to improve education outcomes. The series includes four webinars that cover:

  • Defining educational equity and culturally responsive pedagogy, and describing requirements for broader systemic changes
  • Exploring culturally responsive pedagogy research, its effectiveness, and what it looks like in practice
  • District and school policies that support culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Preparing educators to implement culturally responsive pedagogy in pre-service training programs

Teaching Diverse Learners Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Source: Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica
Download Fact Sheet

An overview of culturally responsive pedagogy and outlines eight common culturally responsive practices.


The Education Alliance at Brown University

Visit Website

This website provides an overview of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching, why CRT is effective, and how to get started. Topics covered include:

  • Positive perspectives on parents and family
  • Learning within the context of culture
  • Culturally mediated instruction

Curated Research on Culturally Responsive Teaching

Source: Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica
Explore Research

These links offer a deeper dive into the area and provides an abstract, excerpt, or summary for each study listed. References were selected from the most commonly used research resources.


Culturally responsive remote teaching

The COVID-19 pandemic changed how we teach and learn around the world. Although the pandemic posed many challenges, it also brought to light an opportunity to use remote learning to enhance the connection between schools and families and to address social and institutional barriers that contribute to disparities in students’ outcomes.

Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Foster Learning During School Closures

Source: Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica
Read Blog

This blog post focuses on the different types of culturally responsive practices available that foster remote learning.


Three Steps for Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Support Equity During Remote Learning

Source: Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica
Read Blog

This blog post outlines three steps educators can take to support equity while students are learning remotely:

  • Develop a vision for equity
  • Identify relevant culturally responsive practices
  • Reflect on effectiveness

Culturally Responsive Education Hub – Remote Learning

Source: Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative
Visit Web Page

This page provides educators with several resources for culturally responsive remote learning and family engagement. It also includes a resource for culturally responsive school reopening.


Student-centered teaching

Student- and family-centered teaching is an important component of CRT. It empowers students to contribute to the class agenda and guide their own learning experience. This builds students’ confidence and paves the way for culturally responsive assignments and activities. These resources help you incorporate student-centered instruction into your classroom and planning.

Culturally Responsive Leading and Learning: Addressing Equity Through Student and Family Voice

Source: Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Pacific
Read Blog

This blog post outlines several methods educators can use to build and sustain collaborative relationships with students and their families and communities.


Student-Centered Instruction

Source: The Education Alliance at Brown University
Visit Web Page

This web page defines student-centered instruction. It provides a few methods for implementation and links to related research.


Culturally responsive classroom management

Teachers and school administrators can help create a safe and positive environment for all students with culturally responsive classroom-management techniques.

Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategies

Source: New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Download Guide

This guide defines culturally responsive classroom management and outlines CRT practices. It includes tips and techniques for creating safe and inclusive school and classroom environments.


Culturally Responsive Math Instruction

As elementary and secondary classrooms in the United States become more ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse, math teaching should be more responsive to students’ identities and experiences. Culturally responsive math teaching incorporates students’ identities and lived experiences into classroom instruction to enhance students’ engagement and learning. The following resources provide tips and best practices for administrators, teachers, and publishers who want to implement culturally responsive math instruction.

Helping Teachers Implement Culturally Responsive Practices During Math Instruction

Source: Mathematica
Download Brief

This brief describes nine aspects of culturally responsive teaching and provides examples of specific practices that administrators can encourage teachers to implement.


Making Math More Accessible and Engaging Through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Source: Mathematica
Download Brief

This brief provides four tips for teachers to enhance math instruction and address classroom dynamics to make math more culturally responsive and engaging for students.


Supporting Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices Through Math Curricula

Source: Mathematica
Download Brief

This brief describes nine aspects of culturally responsive practices that publishers can integrate into their math curricula to meet both teachers' and students' needs.


Using data to guide culturally responsive teaching

Data analysis can play a key role in promoting equitable instruction in classrooms and school districts by enabling decision making based on objective evidence.

Culturally Responsive Data Literacy—Integration into Practice in Schools and Districts

Source:Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic
Watch Webinar

This webinar builds awareness of and capacity for using data with an equity lens and provides tools, resources, and scenarios for merging data literacy with culturally responsive teaching practices.