Students who feel a strong sense of belonging find greater success in school. Develop the skills to connect with and validate students from diverse backgrounds.
Introduction to Affirming Cultural Identity
An introduction to motivating learning conditions from PERTS.
Affirming cultural identity can foster a sense of belonging in students, a key element of increasing engagement and student achievement.
Strategy 1: Develop a Culturally Responsive Stance to Teaching
Cultural Responsiveness is a fundamental philosophical outlook on education; teachers can take concrete steps to adopt a stance that values students.
A short introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching
3 Educators discuss the importance of trying out Culturally Responsive stance, even if it's not perfect.
Scholar Dr. Zaretta Hammond offers 3 tips to make lessons more culturally responsive.
Teachers can take concrete steps to learn about their students' rich lives outside of school.
Strategy 2: Build Cultural Competence through Valuing Students
A sense of belonging grows from feeling like you are important and your voice matters in a community. There are several actions teachers can take to communicate to students that they are valued and welcome in school.
How to send cues to students that signal recognition, value, and belonging in a classroom.
Video with an overview of the importance of representation, and strategies to make students feel a sense of belonging.
Sharing accounts of successful students from diverse backgrounds can normalize doubt and increase persistence, effort, and engagement.
A teacher demonstrates how two techniques - voice modulation and proximity - support a sense of belonging in the classroom.
This toolkit provides strategies, inspiration, and tools for authentically connecting with your students
Strategies that help teachers get to know their students
Students learn how to respect the views of their peers while strengthening their communication skills. They get practice in being good conversationalists, participating in conversations in a polite manner.