Curriculum plays a large role in shaping a school’s academic outcomes and speaks largely to a school’s priorities in creating a culture of belongingness, its collective commitment to dismantling racism, and appreciation of diversity (the ABCDs of RIDES). This paper discusses the role of curriculum in segregated, desegregated, integrated and intentionally diverse schools, including both how it may foster inclusion and cultural proficiency as well how it may hinder an education. You can read our entire white paper on this topic here.
Below are practices designed to support building curriculum to meet the needs of students from a variety of racial, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic or ability backgrounds. Exemplars offer methodologies for setting high expectations and reaching diverse need in the classroom. Samples show strategies for building cultural competency in students and teaching critical skills for a global perspective.