Office of CLRI logo


    Welcome to the

    Office of Culturally and Linguistically

    Responsive Initiatives


    "We Lift as We Climb." - Mary Church Terrell


    It is our greatest joy to provide culturally relevant curriculum, resources, and experiences to the students in the Buffalo Public School District.


    Vision Statement:

    The vision of the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives (CLRI) is that all staff support schools in establishing a community that embraces, values, and infuses culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning for all students.


    Mission Statement:

    The mission of the Buffalo Public Schools’ Office of CLRI is to share the value and best practices of culturally and linguistically responsive practices in order to support and respond to the growing needs of our diverse student population. The Office of CLRI will provide supports, resources, exemplars, and a framework for stakeholders to receive lifelong meaningful learning experiences that inform, train, and support systemic culturally and linguistically responsive practices.


     Please click the link below to see the BPS

    Guidance for Teaching Sensitive Language document. 


    Click here to see the article

    "Michelle Obama, Mia Hamm among 9 chosen for Women's Hall of Fame

    The National Women's Hall of Fame inducts a new class every other year in Seneca Falls, the site of the first women's rights convention. Here are this year's inductees: 

    Michelle Obama, 

    Mia Hamm

    Indra Nooyi

    Gen. Rebecca Halstead

    Katherine Johnson

    Octavia Butler

    Joy Harjo

    Judy Chicago

    Emily Howland



    Click here to watch the 

    Black History Virtual Award Ceremony

    by Mayor Byron Brown  

    Dr. Fatima Morrell received an award for her ground-breaking work in education

    and continuing efforts for equity in education.



    A Tribute to Black History Month


    Compiled by Dani Gray, Coordinator for CLRI



    The Office of CLRI is proud to announce

    the release of the Emancipation Curriculum

    Please click the timeline below to access the Emancipation Infusion Guides and the complete Emancipation Curriculum by grade band.

    Emancipation Timeline Image

    Purpose of the Emancipation Curriculum

    Emancipation Curriculum Cover Page & Access Instructions

     Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Curriculum FAQ



    The Office of CLRI Honors

    Ida Dora Fairbush

    Buffalo Public School's First African American Teacher - appointed in the late 1890s.

    Ida D. Fairbush was also the recipient of the Jesse Ketchum silver medal in 1884.

    Ida D. Fairbush


    Bishop William Henderson

    Bishop William Henderson



  • office title


    Fatima Morrell, Ed.D.

    Associate Superintendent 

    Office of Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Initiatives 

    Buffalo Public Schools

    2008 City Hall

    Buffalo, New York 14202

    Phone: (716) 816-3584

    Fax (716) 851-3746