The holiday season is a great time to reflect on what your school is doing to support and value linguistically and culturally diverse students and their families. In their article entitled Culturally Responsive Instruction for Holiday and Religious Celebrations, Cynthia Lundgren and Giselle Lundy-Ponce provide general recommendations for culturally responsive instruction as well as guidance specifically focused around the celebration of holidays in schools.

If you would like to take a deeper dive into culturally responsive instruction in your context, please check out SupportEd’s Culturally Responsive School Checklist and Goal Setting ToolThis tool offers classroom and school look-fors in four areas that align to Staehr Fenner & Snyder’s (2017) four guidelines for culturally responsive instruction. These four guidelines specify that culturally responsive instruction: 

  • Is assets-based 
  • Places students at the center of the
  • Values students’ languages, cultures,
    and backgrounds
  • Simultaneously challenges and

For each of the guidelines, our checklist recommends four possible look-fors and provides you an opportunity to reflect on how well your school is doing in that area. For example, consider to what extent students in your school are provided role models that share their cultural backgrounds. We invite you and your colleagues to use this checklist as a collaborative tool to facilitate conversations around culturally responsive instruction in your school and set goals for improvement.