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Multicultural Education

The goal of multicultural education is to help students appreciate and recognize the accomplishments of cultures other than their own. The articles below offer ideas for creating a curriculum and a classroom environment that celebrate the wonderful diversity that is characteristic of American society in the 21st century.

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The Spirit of Día: Celebrating Cuentos Every Day

8 Tips to Protect ELLs from Bullying in Your Classroom and School

Choosing Children's Books: Cultural Relevance Rubric

My Life Is Normal, Too: Diversity in Children's Literature

Lessons Learned from Immigrant Families

Helping Haitian Students Cope with the Earthquake

Many children and families of Haitian origin affected by the recent earthquake are facing tremendous distress and uncertainty. As an educator, there are a number of ways to support these students and families. Here are a few suggestions and resources.

Social and Emotional Needs of Middle and High School ELLs

Working with Community Organizations to Support ELL Students

When building a support network for English language learners, community organizations can play a valuable role and offer resources that schools may not have at their disposal. This article offers some ideas on ways that schools can partner with community groups to support ELLs.

Retrospective: Language Instruction in Native American Communities

This article about the evolution of language instruction in Native American communities during the past 30 years was written for Colorín Colorado by Dr. Catherine Collier, a leader in the fields of cross-cultural, bilingual, and special education.

How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)

Many English language learners come to school having had little or no schooling in their native countries, or with an interrupted education if their family has moved frequently. While educating students with interrupted formal education (SIFEs) presents many challenges to educators, they can indeed obtain a high school diploma with the right kind of support, and go on to future academic and professional success. This article provides a profile of SIFEs and their needs, recommendations of best practices, and examples of the kinds of quality school-wide and classroom support that will accelerate their academic achievement.

How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom

Many ELL teachers may work with refugee students in the classroom, particularly in a region of the country where large refugee communities are settling. This Bright Ideas article explores the unique challenges that both refugee students and their teachers face, as well as a number of suggestions of ways to address those challenges and a list of useful resources.

From the Classroom: Working with Chinese ELLs

In this article written exclusively for Colorín Colorado, Xiao-lin shares some insights on ways that teachers can work effectively with Chinese students and parents, as well as some of her own classroom strategies for working with bilingual students. While some of these strategies are culturally/linguistically-specific, many can serve as a model when working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Culturally Relevant Books in the ELL Classroom

Culturally Responsive Instruction for Holiday and Religious Celebrations

The first step in implementing more culturally responsive instruction is recognizing how our own cultural conditioning is reflected in our teaching. This article shows teachers how to bring rich cultural content into their teaching in a way that expands students' knowledge and interest. The article offers suggestions that teachers can use throughout the school year, as well as when observing cultural and religious holidays and celebrations.

Creating Culturally Responsive Classroom Environments

When students and teachers come from different cultural backgrounds, it can often lead to misunderstandings about behavior and performance. How can teachers create safe learning environments with a diverse group of students?