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Introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

This page offers valuable resources to provide instructors with an overview of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and to help instructors explore and develop their own CRT strategies.


Many definitions have been written over the years, but this one sums up CRT fairly well.

Culturally responsive teaching is “a student-centered approach to teaching in which the students’ unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote student achievement and a sense of well-being about the student’s cultural place in the world.” (From “What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?”)

Dive deeper using the links below, each of which defines CRT.

Principles and Strategies

Core principles of CRT have been offered by experts and adapted in specific educational situations. The sites below detail principles and/or strategies of CRT. Some strategies may be worded toward specific audiences (for example, middle school settings) but can often be applied in higher education, as well.

Research on CRT

You may find this recent study into CRT in higher education interesting:

Recommended Reading

Video Presentation

View Online Learning’s presentation from 2020 Fall Inservice on the topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching Online.

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