Culture is central to learning. It plays a role in communicating and receiving
information and also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals.
Is your school/community college/university responsive to the different cultural
experiences and needs of its students?
This list is intended to heighten the awareness and sensitivity of school employees
to the importance of cultural diversity and cultural competence in the education
setting. It reﬂects characteristics of culturally responsive schools.
If you respond afﬁrmatively to each item, you likely work in a school
that fosters an environment that works hard to be inclusive. If you respond
negatively to an item, it may mean that your school has work to do to better
meet student needs.
The teachers, support staff and administrators have high expectations and positive
attitudes toward all students.
The formalized curriculum reﬂects the experiences, cultures and
perspectives of a range of cultural and ethnic groups.
The teaching styles used by the teachers match the learning styles of
The school and its employees show respect for the student’s ﬁrst
language and dialect(s).
The materials used for developing school events should
offer perspectives from diverse cultures.
The assessment and testing procedures used in the school are culturally
The school culture and hidden curriculum (as evidenced by staff attitudes,
texts, bulletin boards, etc.) reﬂect cultural and ethnic diversity.
The school counselors have high expectations for students and guide them
The school has an effective plan for the effective involvement of parents
in the schools.
The district has a policy/practice for embedding human rights in the
this practice is effectively communicated to the teaching and support staff.
Source: MEA Professional Development and Human Rights Department.
February 19, 2009 6:14 PM