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    Welcome to the

    Office of Culturally and Lingusitically

    Responsive Initiatives


    ...where EQUITY is a Verb!


    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.


    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

    Emancipation Curriculum Cover Page & Access Instructions


    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


    CLRI First Weeks of School Lesson Plans

    Grades Pre-K to 1

    Grades 2 to 4

    Grades 5 & 6

    Grades 7 & 8

    Grades 9 & 10

    Grades 11 & 12 

    Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Curriculum FAQ

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    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