Culturally and Linguistically Responsive

    Curriculum Resources


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    "Participating in culturally relevant teaching essentially means that teachers create a bridge between students' home and school lives, while still meeting the expectations of the district and state curricular requirements. Culturally relevant teaching utilizes the backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences of the students to inform the teacher's lessons and methodology."

    -Gloria Ladson-Billings, 2009



    "Whatever the environment, school leaders play an important role in developing the kinds of relationships that foster academic rigor. One model that I developed--reality pedagogy--supports this work. It recognizes that academically rigorous teaching and learning are deeply personal; it begins with the understanding that a school's approach to teaching is unlikely to meet student needs unless students' cultures, backgrounds, and experiences are reflected in the curriculum. When students see themselves in the curriculum, they develop stronger relationships with both their teachers and peers--and with the content as well."

    -Christopher Emdin, 2016


    "Historically Responsive Literacy is when teaching, learning, and leadership beliefs and practices authentically respond to: students' cultural (and other) identities; the cultural (and other) identities of others; the social times (historical and current)."

    -Gholdy Muhammad, 2020



    BPS CLRI Strategies


    The 4 principles that organize the New York State Education Department's Culturally-Responsive-Sustaining Framework (adopted in January 2018) are inspired by the 4 high leverage strategies that emerged from the Buffalo Public School District's work on Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education.


    Resource Guides:

    Curriculum Resource Guide

    CLRI Guidance on Teaching Texts with Sensitive Language