Culturally Responsive and Caring Classrooms: A FREE Back to School eBook


Culturally Responsive and Caring Classrooms: A FREE Back to School eBook


The world is changing and now, more than ever, we are afraid.  We’re not talking about the exciting kind of change, the innovative and positive growth kind of change.  The global media narrative is keeping us vigilantly aware of the violence and terror that surrounds us, or could surround us, at any given time...

Our world is broken, hurting, and desperate for healing.  So where does that leave us, the secondary educator?  How can we, or should we, attempt to address the pain that is so palpable in our world with our students?

The team of teachers in this ebook agree:  the answer is to create a culturally responsive and caring classroom.  We can’t singlehandedly change the course of terrorism or reach out a hand and instantly heal a family torn apart by war, but we can make our classrooms a safe space to learn, be challenged, and to develop into responsible citizens that will, someday, make our world a better place.

This ebook is a collection of suggestions, ideas, and responses to our changing world.  Each author has contributed his or her own page responding to the question:  how can we create culturally responsive and caring classrooms starting on the first day of school?  As you (as we all do) get caught up shopping back to school sales and putting up new bulletin boards, we urge you to spend equal energy carefully considering and planning ways to ensure that your classroom is a culturally responsive and caring place for students.

Thank you for downloading this incredible resource.  Each of the teacher authors are listed in the table of contents and have provided links to their social media connections.  Please feel free to follow us and reach out to connect on this incredible journey we call teaching.

Amanda Cardenas
Mud and Ink Teaching
Editor and Contributor

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