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Culturally Responsive Look-Fors for Dual Language Programs Checklist & Goal Setting

K-12 administrators, teachers

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Resource Type
Checklist, Guide




Equity for MLs in dual language programs is grounded in guiding principles for culturally responsive teaching. The Culturally Responsive School Checklist and Goal Setting for Dual Language Programs document supports educators in assessing their dual language classrooms, schools, or programs using look-fors aligned to five guiding principles for culturally responsive teaching and then developing goals to strengthen their culturally responsive practices.


The checklist can be used by various stakeholders, such as administrators, teachers, and other school staff, to assess the dual language program’s culturally responsive practices in each of the five guiding principles. Working groups of these stakeholders can determine goals and action steps to strengthen the dual language program’s practices in each of the guiding principles. Central office staff could use this tool to audit dual language classrooms and schools across a district to determine district-wide trends and action steps.

How It Works

Step 1: Individually or collaboratively, reflect on the presence of each of these look-fors, grouped by guiding principle, in your context.

Step 2: In cases in which the look-for is not present, brainstorm what you will do to improve how the look-for is incorporated in your classroom or school.

Step 3: Based on your responses in the checklist, choose one guiding principle to focus on. List three steps you can take to strengthen that guiding principle in your context.

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