Diversity in the Classroom
• Our future classrooms will be full of diversity.
• Class, background, and learning style differences
greatly influence the way in which a student
• How do we accommodate this?
• We are responsible for identifying, assessing, and
responding to the diverse needs of our students.
• A teacher must work to assure equity in
educational outcomes for all students.
– Cultural sensitivity.
– Varying strategies.
• Curriculum should reflect values and experiences
of all students - it should be RELEVANT.
• The following websites are resources a teacher
could use to address diversity in the classroom.
No one should make the claim of being
educated until he or she has learned to live
in harmony with people who are different.
Are There Class Cultures?
• Betsy Leondar-Wright, Author and Cross-
• A collection of resources, surveys, articles
– Are there class cultures?
– What is the most classist comment you ever heard
• Provides an overview of classism from
• National Center for Culturally Responsive
Educational Systems, funded by the U.S. Dept. of
Education’s Office of Special Education Programs
• Seeks to close the achievement gap between
culturally and linguistically diverse students,
reduce inappropriate referrals to special education;
and improve culturally responsive practices, early
intervention, literacy, and positive behavioral
• Professional Development
• Find resources to develop more culturally
sensitive teaching skills; focus on avoiding
placing students from lower socio-economic
backgrounds into special education.
ENC Online: A K-12 Math and
Science Teacher Center
• Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, located at
Ohio State University
• Funded by a contract with the U.S. Dept. of
• Originally created to collect all types of teaching
materials for K-12 math and science educators;
Supports teachers' professional development in
math, science, and the effective use of technology.
ENC Online: Education Topics
• Equity and Diversity
– Self Assessment
– Journal Articles
• Family and Community
– Involving Families at School
– Education in the Community
• Real World Math and Science
– Mathematics and Science Literacy
– Hands-On Learning
• Various classroom resources for teachers.
Harvard Family Research Project
• Founded in 1983 at the Harvard Graduate
School of Education; focus on child
development, student achievement, healthy
family functioning, and community
• Preschool/Elementary Teaching Cases
• Professional development by studying and
discussing various case studies.
The Cooperative Learning
• Laura Candler; a place for sharing
cooperative learning strategies and
promoting the use of cooperative learning in
• Teaching Social Skills
• Team/Class Management Ideas
• Great learning activities to promote
teamwork and equal participation.
• See students as individuals, and not as members of a
• Use information about a student’s background to
better understand how to vary teaching strategies.
• Provide each and every student with the knowledge
and skills to be successful.
• Constantly evaluate and change your own teaching
skills to improve student learning.
• Ensure success for all students in the classroom by
providing abundant resources.
List of Websites
• Unequal Childhoods
• Inequality at the starting gate
• U.S. Census Bureau
What children can do together today,
they can do alone tomorrow.
-Lev Vygotsky, 1962