Empowering Culturally Diverse Families of Young Children with Disabilities: The Double ABCX Model (2007)
Yaoying Xu

How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books
~ Luther B. Clegg, Etta Miller, Bill Vanderhoof, Gonzalo Ramirez, and Peggy K. Ford Scholastic

Making Every Body Count: Multicultural Teaching and Autobiographical Journals (1996)
~ Joan Gabriele, University of Colorado, Boulder

Multicultural Education
~ Thomas Sowell

Opening Doors to Diversity in Gifted Education (2017)
~ Wayne D'Orio, Scholastic Administrator magazine

Redefining Rural America (2019)
~ Olugbenga Ajilore and Zoe Willingham

What is Multicultural Education? (1997)
Keith Wilson - Professor, College of Education and Human Services, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Why Education Must Be Multicultural: Addressing a Few Misperceptions with Counterarguments (2013)
~ Donna Y. Ford, PhD | Gifted Child Today


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story (2009)

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


Cultural Consciousness in America's Classrooms (2006)

Social justice documentary highlighting diversity in the classroom and what to do and not do in the classroom. Created by Christi, Rudy, Tim, and Ryan.




Don't Be Color Blind, Be Color Brave (2014)
~ KarmaTube

Now more than ever, people need to have productive conversations about race, stereotyping, crime, and social justice. In this TED talk, financial executive Mellody Hobson urges us to have these hard, awkward, and uncomfortable conversations about race. Let's not be "color blind" and ignore race. Be "color brave" in all aspects of your life. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do because our businesses, education, science, research, and life in general, will be better with greater diversity. "Be color brave so that every child knows that their future matters and that their dreams are possible."

Growing Roses in Concrete (2015)
~ Jeff Duncan-Andrade via YouTube

Jeff Duncan-Andrade outlines how love and compassion towards urban youth are necessarily a precursor to attaining the outcomes we aspire to achieve. More importantly, he suggests that if we are to have SUSTAINABLE paradigm shifts, the roses that emerge from the concrete are going to have to want to return.

Booklets, Bulletins, Journals, and Magazines

International Journal of Multicultural Education
Open online journal available to individuals interested in articles regarding multicultural education.

Skipping Stones: An International Multicultural Magazine
Skipping Stones is an award-winning, international, non-profit magazine. We celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, facilitates a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences. Young readers of Skipping Stones, ages 8 to 16, hail from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Teaching Resources

Books with Multicultural, Cross-Cultural, and Intercultural Games and Activities

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Children's Traditional Games: Games from 137 Countries and Cultures (1995)
Robert Kaminski and Judy Sierra

Judy Sierra and Robert Kaminski, renowned storytellers and folklorists, describe popular games from 137 countries and cultures, including over 20 games from Native American groups. Each game is easily learned and can be played by small groups in the classroom or on the playground. Clear instructions are given for all games, and simple diagrams are included where applicable.

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Child's Play Around the World: 170 Crafts, Games and Projects for Two-to-Six-Year-Olds (1996)
Leslie Hamilton

Simple instructions and step-by-step illustrations show children how to play games and make crafts from around the world--from Native American masks to Vietnamese kites--complete with fun facts about the customs of each country.

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Hands Around the World: 365 Creative Ways to Encourage Cultural Awareness and Global Respect (1992)
~ Susan Milord

This book presents a variety of games and other activities to promote awareness of different cultures around the world

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Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs: Arranged from American Indian Ceremonies and Sports (1994)
Alice C. Fletcher  

Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs is a collection that conveys the pleasure and meaning of music and play and rhythmic movement for American Indians. Many of the activities here described are adapted from ceremonials and sports. Included is a "drama in five dances" celebrating the life of corn. "Calling the Flowers" is an appeal to spirits dwelling underground to join the dancers. Still another dramatic dance, with accompanying songs, petitions clouds to leave the sky. The Festival of Joy, an ancient Omaha ceremony, is centered on a sacred tree. In the second part Indian ball games and games of hazard and guessing are set forth, as well as the popular hoop and javelin game. Fletcher closes with a section on Indian names.

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Intercultural Sourcebook Vol 2: Cross-Cultural Training Methods (1999)
Sandra M. Fowler and‎ Monica G. Mumford

The authors of this book have brought together a comprehensive collection of training methods and exercises used by top trainers in the cross-cultural field. They include not only descriptions of methods but also examples of activities and suggestions for creating one's own exercises. The second volume includes articles by thirty-four leading cross-cultural trainers and covers new or divergent training methods for cross-cultural skill development and intercultural learning. These include self-awareness inventories, videotapes, small group exercises, area studies, and an insightful collection of other methods from the programming of field studies to the use of cross-cultural dialogues, culture heroes, and visual imagery. 

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Juba This & Juba That: 100 African-American Games for Children (1996)
Dr. Darlene Hopson and Derek Hopson 

One hundred games and activities celebrate the cultural heritage of the African-American community, providing parents with easy-to-follow instructions, equipment lists, age-range guidelines, and more. 

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Kids Around the World Play!: The Best Fun and Games from Many Lands (2012)
Arlette N. Braman

Play games from all around the globe! Learn to play Mexican kickball. Practice throwing jackstones the way kids do in Kenya. Discover how to construct a galimoto (wire toy from Malawi) with pipe cleaners. With Kids Around the World Play!, you'll have a great time exploring the traditions of other cultures while you sharpen your wits with the memory game from South Africa called dithwai, or challenge your racing skills in the South Korean flower relay, or make your own cool bilboquet, a toy from France. Filled with games and activities from places near and far, including China, Japan, india, Mexico, Bolivia, italy, and Russia, among many others, this exciting collection also gives you plenty of fascinating facts about the history and culture of each country. All the toys and games can be made or played with just a few simple materials easily found around the house. So get ready for tons of fun and excitement while you discover just how much you have in common with kids around the world!

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Learning About Cultures: Literature, Celebrations, Games and Art Activities (Reproducible Book) (1995)
John Gust

Experience African, Chinese, Jewish, Native American and other cultures through literature, celebrations, games and crafts. Each unit also includes an introduction, discussion of the culture's role in U.S. history, an extensive selection of recommended literature and a calendar presentation of significant events. The book concludes with a wonderful resource--reproducible illustrations of children from all the represented countries and cultures in native dress.

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Math Games & Activities from Around the World (1998)
Claudia Zaslavsky

More than 70 math games, puzzles, and projects from all over the world are included in this delightful book for kids.

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The Multicultural Game Book - Grades 1-6 (1999)
Louise Orlando

Provides instructions for traditional games that reflect a variety of cultures, including such well-known pastimes as pachisi and hopscotch.

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Multicultural Games (1996)
Lorraine Barbarash

Multicultural Games provides ideas and strategies that will help your students develop an awareness of and appreciation for other cultures while enjoying physical activity.Featuring 75 games from 43 countries or cultures on 6 continents, this practical reference is an excellent source for building an interdisciplinary and multicultural curriculum. It can also help educators meet NASPE's national content standards for multicultural awareness at the elementary and middle school level.

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Traditional African American Arts and Activities (2001)
Sonya Kimble - Ellis

African Americans throughout our country's history have developed a rich heritage of arts and activities. Now you can discover and enjoy many of these traditions, from celebrating Juneteenth to making African masks to creating unique quilts, right in your own home. TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTS AND ACTIVITIES shows you how to do traditional tie-dyeing, how to make and play your own talking drum, and how to join with friends to create your own folktale. You'll learn all about the history and development of jazz, blues, and rap music, and you'll find out how to play fun games like mancala, muraburaba, chigoro danda, and more.

Reference and Resource Links

Diversity Dictionary 
University of Baltimore

Multicultural Education Internet Resource Guide
This guide to over 50 web sites was created to assist multicultural educators in locating educational resources on the Internet. World wide access to multicultural information and current events in other regions makes the Internet an important educational tool. Teachers through the internet have access to lesson plans, on-line photo galleries, stories, maps, virtual field trip, international radio programming, and e-mail pen pals. In the multicultural classroom these resources can be used to create thematic units. Other sites, such as those devoted to art and geography can supplement an existing lesson. Many of the sites listed are source sites with lessons, pictures, problems and quizzes on-line, and other sites are Index sites which provide extensive links related to a subject of interest. Teachers should keep in mind that the Internet is a temporary resource, and sites move and change rapidly. A listing of professional organizations for multicultural educators is also provided.

Organizations, Agencies, Associations, and Multicultural Centers

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Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research
An extensive index of professional organizations for multicultural educators with links created by the University of Southern California's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research.

Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE)
The Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE) promotes educators’ use of research-based strategies of effective practice for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

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EdChange is a team of passionate, experienced, established, educators dedicated to equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. With this shared vision, we have joined to collaborate in order to develop resources, workshops, and projects that contribute to progressive change in ourselves, our schools, and our society.

International Multicultural Institute
Founded in 1983, the International MultiCultural Institute (iMCI, formerly the National MultiCultural Institute or NMCI) is proud to be one of the first organizations to have recognized the nation’s need for new services, knowledge, and skills in the growing field of multiculturalism and diversity.

The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC) was founded in 1991, as an education non-profit dedicated to increasing access to a high quality education for culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. In its role as the Center, MAEC has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Justice, state departments of education, districts, and schools to ensure that students are treated equitably and are given access to a rigorous curriculum regardless of race, gender, national origin (English Language Learners), sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. The Center work has led us to work on issues such as the identification and placement of English Learners in supportive and appropriate instructional environments; creating positive and safe schools; increasing participation of girls and students of color in STEM, and addressing disproportionality in discipline.

National Association for Multicultural Education 
Supporting cultural and ethnic diversity as a national strength.


REACH Center: Helping to Understand Diversity 
The REACH Center seeks to teach people of all ages the importance of diversity. The REACH Center has established agencies in the United States, Canada, and Australia.


YWCA Madison works every day to eliminate racism and empower women. Through programs in race & gender equity, job training & transportation, and housing & shelter, we create real change for women, families and communities.


Children's Book Press
A nonprofit children's press established in 1975.

Lee & Low Books
Independent publisher of children's literature emphasizing diversity.

Shen's Books
Publishing multicultural books and literature for children at the primary level, with a particular emphasis on Asian cultures.


Bill Howe on Multicultural Education
Multicultural education blog maintained by Bill Howe

Saffron Tree
Saffron Tree provides a variety of children's book choices from India and the United States, as well as literature from all over the world that will help children connect to their cultural heritage and learn about other cultures.

Recommended Reading

100+ Educational Strategies to Teach Children of Color (2008)
~ Jawanza Kunjufu

Because the attrition rate for new teachers in high-poverty schools averages between 40% and 50% over the first five years of teaching, this investigation offers practical solutions to more than 100 of the daily challenges they face. With an emphasis on pragmatic approaches that can be accomplished in the classroom, the book argues that many of the skills necessary for teaching in urban schools are not properly taught in university programs and that most white teachers simply have to learn by experience. Written from a black perspective and supported by real-life examples and details rather than theory, this helpful compendium of advice and expertise tackles issues of race and class while outlining the many ways in which the American school system is designed to contribute to a teacher's struggle.

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Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades (2006)
~ Mary Cowhey

What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, MA, where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to make it a better place. Woven through the book is Mary's unflinching and humorous account of her own roots in a struggling large Irish Catholic family and her early career as a community activist. Mary's teaching is infused with lessons of her heroes: Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, and others. Her students learn to make connections between their lives, the books they read, the community leaders they meet, and the larger world. If you were inspired to become a teacher because you wanted to change the world, and instead find yourself limited by teach-to-the-test pressures, this is the book that will make you think hard about how you spend your time with students. It offers no easy answers, just a wealth of insight into the challenges of helping students think critically about the world, and starting points for conversations about diversity and controversy in your classroom, as well as in the larger community.

Building Cultural Reciprocity with Families: Case Studies in Special Education (1999)
~ Beth Harry, Maya Kalyanpur, and Monimalika Day

Eight case studies help to show how using cultural reciprocity to build a framework for relationships can help to strengthen interactions between special education professionals and families. Harry, Kalyanpur, and Day, all special education scholars, examine the culture of special education itself.

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Building Equity: Policies and Practices to Empower All Learners (2017)
Dominique Smith,‎ Nancy Frey,‎ Ian Pumpian,‎ Douglas Fisher

Imagine a school with a diverse student body where every student feels safe and valued, and all students—regardless of race, culture, home language, sexual orientation, gender identity, academic history, and individual challenges—have the opportunity to succeed with challenging classes, projects, and activities. In this school, teachers notice and meet students' individual instructional needs and foster a harmonious and supportive environment—and students feel empowered to learn, to grow, and to pursue their dreams. This is the school all our students need and deserve. 

Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms (2001)
~ Gloria Ladson-Billings

Educating teachers to work well in multicultural classrooms has become an all-important educational priority in today's schools. In Crossing Over to Canaan, Gloria Ladson-Billings details the real-life stories of eight novice teachers participating in an innovative teacher education program called Teach for Diversity. She details their struggles and triumphs as they confront challenges in the classroom and respond with innovative strategies that turn cultural strengths into academic assets. Through their experiences, Ladson-Billings illustrates how good teachers can meet the challenges of teaching students from highly diverse backgrounds--and find a way to "cross over to Canaan." She offers a model of teaching that focuses on academic achievement, cultural competence, and socio-political consciousness. Drawing from her own experiences as a young African-American teacher working in Philadelphia, she successfully weaves together narrative, observation, and scholarship to create an inspirational and practical book that will help teachers everywhere as they work to transcend labels and categories to support excellence among all students.

Cultural Diversity, Families, and the Special Education System: Communication and Empowerment (1992)
~ Beth Harry

This work explores the quadruple disadvantage faced by the parents of poor, minority, handicapped children whose first language is not that of the school that they attend. The author's ethnographic study of 12 low-income Puerto Rican American families serves to illustrate how the present structure of the special education system disempowers parents, excluding them from the decision-making processes that categorise their children as "handicapped" - and ultimately, often place them at a permanent educational disadvantage.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice (Multicultural Education Series) (2010)
Geneva Gay

The achievement of students of color continues to be disproportionately low at all levels of education. More than ever, Geneva Gay’s foundational book on culturally responsive teaching is essential reading in addressing the needs of today’s diverse student population. Combining insights from multicultural education theory and research with real-life classroom stories, Gay demonstrates that all students will perform better on multiple measures of achievement when teaching is filtered through their own cultural experiences. This bestselling text has been extensively revised to include: expanded coverage of student ethnic groups; a new section on standards and diversity; new examples of culturally diverse curriculum content; more examples of programs and techniques that exemplify culturally responsive teaching; an emphasis on positive, action-driven possibilities in student–teacher relationships; and new material on culturally diverse communication, addressing common myths about language diversity and the effects of “English Plus” instruction.

Culture in Special Education: Building Reciprocal Family-Professional Relationships (1999)
~ Maya Kalyanpur and Beth Harry

With personal anecdotes, case examples, and detailed theoretical discussions, this book brings to light the potential impact of cultural assumptions on parent–professional interactions in special education. Essential reading for future teachers, it helps them become aware of and work to cast aside traditional stereotypes — about other cultures and their own — in order to work effectively with students' families. This textbook also helps educators understand the importance of developing education plans that will enhance children's learning and respect their cultural beliefs. Undergraduate and graduate students of special education will find ways to improve communication with parents and learn to more effectively teach children with diverse cultural heritages.

Do You See What I See? A Diversity Tale for Retaining People of Color (2005)
~ Janice Fenn and Chandra Goforth Irvin

Do You See What I See? offers leaders, managers, and human resource professionals a unique and practical resource for understanding the behavioral subtleties and nuances that affect the retention of people of color within organizations. Through the imaginative use of a fable, authors Janice Fenn and Chandra G. Irvin are able to show different points of view of leaders, managers, and newly recruited POC. In the fable a mirror comes to life and offers insightful reflections that help executives and managers understand what it takes to retain POC in a highly competitive marketplace. Step by step the authors clearly show what happened, what should have happened, conclusions that were drawn, and conclusions that should have been drawn. The fable offers the opportunity for leaders and managers to identify and address similar issues in their real life organizations.

Facilitator's Guide: Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders (2005)
~ Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins, and Raymond D. Terrell

Designed to provide staff developers and educational leaders with all the necessary materials to design a workshop or study group around the best-selling book Cultural Proficiency, Second Edition , by Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins, and Raymond D. Terrell, this Facilitator's Guide features key components from the book that masterfully instructs educators how to: (a) Avoid unintentional cultural or ethic slights, (b) Understand how historical distrust affects present-day interactions, (c) Accept that each culture finds some values and behaviors more important than others, (d) Use the diversity of your school community as an educational resource

Freedom's Plow: Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom (2013)
~ Theresa Perry and Jim W. Fraser

Teachers are the central players in building a multiracial and multicultural democracy, and the schools where teachers work are one of the primary institutions where a new society is born. The 17 chapters in this volume provide resources for people seeking to build fully democratic schools and to make the schools agents of democracy in an increasingly diverse United States. The chapters are divided among four parts. Part 1, "Multicultural Education: An Issue at the Heart of Democratic Education," describes the intellectual framework and theoretical context for reconstructing schools. Part 2, "The Practice of Multicultural Education: Doing the Work," presents the voices of teachers from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and their reflections on the possibilities, constraints, and dilemmas of multicultural education. Part 3, "Developing the Curriculum of Multicultural Education: Revisioning the Canon and Curriculum of the Schools," helps teachers enter new areas of study and adopt alternative perspectives on newly emerging, contemporary, and traditional disciplines, such as the perspectives that are expressed in Asian American, African American, and Puerto Rican literature. Part 4, "School Structures that Foster Multicultural Education: Shifting the Power, Shifting the Players," focuses on the power arrangements, perspectives, and personnel policies needed to change the basic structures of schooling so that, in the future, the voices of the traditionally excluded become central to the definition of quality education. Each chapter includes a bibliography.

Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn (2013)
Dorothy M. Steele and Esther Rebecca (Becki) Cohn-Vargas

This book focuses on strategies that positively affect student learning and attachment to schooling, in spite of social inequalities. Research shows that students in identity safe classrooms learn better and like school more than peers in other classrooms. In identity safe classrooms, teachers strive to ensure that students: (a) Feel their identity is an asset rather than a barrier to success; (b) Experience diversity as a resource for learning; (c) Form positive relationships with fellow students and their teacher; (d) Learn in an environment with a challenging curriculum and high expectations; (e) Develop a sense of belonging and empathy for others as they learn to use pro-social skills and practice cooperation

The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (2009)
~ Sonia Nieto

In this 10th Anniversary Edition of her popular text, Sonia Nieto reviews where we have been and where we should be going in our pursuit of creating multicultural learning communities in our schools. With a new Introductory Chapter and a new Epilogue, Nieto addresses some of the changes we have experienced during the past decade that help explain the current sociopolitical environment, our increasing diversity, the altering conditions in schools and in society, the influence of poverty on learning, and the impact of NCLB on classrooms and schools. This updated edition of The Light in Their Eyes focuses on the significant role of teachers in transforming students' lives. It considers recent theories, policies, and practices about the variability in student learning and culturally responsive pedagogy and examines the importance of student and teacher voice in research and practice. It also provides an update, in their own words, on former students whose journal entries were included in the first edition.

Managing Diverse Classrooms: How To Build On Students' Cultural Strengths (2008)
~ Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull

How does the home culture of Latino immigrant students differ from the mainstream culture of U.S. schools? Why is it important for teachers to understand the differences? How can educators take advantage of students cultural traits to improve classroom management, student performance, and school-parent relations? Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull answer these and many other questions by drawing on the experience and collective wisdom of teachers in the Bridging Cultures Project, a five-year action research study of elementary classrooms with high percentages of immigrant students. The authors present a simple framework for understanding cultural differences, comparing the individualistic culture that prevails in American education with the collectivistic culture that characterizes most of the world s population, including many of the Latino immigrant students in U.S. classrooms. At the heart of the book are teacher-developed strategies that capitalize on the cultural values that these students and their families offer, such as an emphasis on helping, sharing, and the success of the group.

A Multicultural Approach to Physical Education: Proven Strategies for Middle and High School (2002)
~ Rhonda Clements and Suzanne Kinzler

If you teach physical education at the middle or high school level, you know that holding students’ interest can be a challenge. Teens don’t want to repeat the same old games they’ve been playing since grade school. What if you could introduce new activities that would renew your students’ interest, improve their self-esteem, and help them gain a better understanding of other cultures? A Multicultural Approach to Physical Education enables you to do just that. This book offers the following: (a) 70 games and activities from 24 cultures; (b) The authors’ new teaching strategy—a step-by-step process that tells you exactly how to teach games and sports from other countries; (c) Activities that don’t require any special equipment, so you can implement them even if you’re on a limited budget; (d) Easy-to-use assessment strategies.

Multicultural Education for Learners with Special Needs in the Twenty-First Century (2014)
Festus E. Obiakor and Anthony F. Rotatori

Learners with Special Needs in the Twenty-First Century provides general and special educators innovative information that address the road blocks to effective practice such that diverse learners will be appropriately; identified, assessed, categorized, placed and instructed. The book provides those who instruct diverse learners comprehensive, creative and best practice chapters by scholars in the area of multicultural education. The book is an important addition to the education of multicultural learners with special needs as it provides much needed direction for the effective instructional practices for today's diverse students. The book can be used as current best practices for special and general educators as well as school administrators.

Multicultural Special Education: Culturally Responsive Teaching (2006)
~ Festus Obiakor

Because of recent demographic changes in our society, general and special educators are challenged to look for innovative ways to maximize all students’ potential in school programs. Multicultural Special Education: Culturally Responsive Teaching is a timely book that examines multiculturalism, disability, and education and focuses on how to make education better for all multicultural learners. Contributions from leading experts examine categories of exceptionalities (from multicultural perspectives), while integrated case studies and chapter material focus on ways to be an effective and culturally responsive educator. Divided into four parts, this new offering examines the foundations of multicultural special education; the categories of exceptionalities from multicultural perspectives; lifespan issues; and the future of the field.

Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom (2006)
~ Lisa Delpit

Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Book Award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine’s “great books,” Other People’s Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its original hardcover publication. This anniversary paperback edition features a new introduction by Delpit as well as new framing essays by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne. In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system. A new classic among educators, Other People’s Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America’s education system.

Privilege, Power and Difference (2005)
~ Allan G. Johnson

This brief book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This extraordinarily successful book has been used across the country, both inside and outside the classroom, to shed light on issues of power and privilege.

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Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism (1st ed., 2000)
Maurianne Adams,‎ Warren J. Blumenfeld,‎ Carmelita (Rosie) Castañeda,‎ Heather W. Hackman,‎ Madeline L. Peters,‎ Ximena Zúñiga (Editors)

The first reader to cover the scope of oppressions in America, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice covers six thematic issues: racism, sexism, Anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism. The reader contains a mix of short personal and theoretical essays as well as entries designed to challenge students to take action to end oppressive behavior and to affirm diversity and racial justice.

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Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism (3rd ed., 2013)
Maurianne Adams,‎ Warren J. Blumenfeld,‎‎ Heather W. Hackman,‎ Madeline L. Peters,‎ Ximena Zúñiga (Editors)

For more than a decade, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice has been the trusted, leading anthology to cover the full range of social oppressions from a social justice standpoint. With full sections dedicated to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and ableism, as well as transgender oppression, religious oppression, and adult and ageism, this bestselling text goes far beyond the range of traditional readers. New essay selections in each section of this third edition have been carefully chosen to keep topic coverage timely and readings accessible and engaging for students. The interactions among these topics are highlighted throughout to stress the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Retaining the key features and organization that has made Readings for Diversity and Social Justice an indispensable text for teaching issues of social justice while simultaneously updating and expanding its coverage, this new edition features: (a) Over 20 new selections considering current topics and events such as immigration trends, racial profiling, student debt, Occupy Wall Street and global GLBT rights. (b) An updated companion website with additional resources, including video clips that further complement the readings in each section. Strong and accessible section introductions to highlight key points and relate the essential concepts of any given topic to other forms of oppression. (c) An explicit emphasis on the interconnectedness of social identity and social inequality throughout, with a second table of contents that notes the intersections among readings.

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Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms (2010)
H. Richard Milner IV (Author),‎ Gloria Ladson-Billings (Foreword)

This book addresses a crucial issue in teacher training and professional education: the need to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers for the racially diverse student populations in their classrooms. The book aims to help practitioners develop insights and skills for successfully educating diverse student bodies. The book centers on case studies that exemplify the challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities facing teachers in diverse classrooms. These case studies―of white and African American teachers working (and preparing to work) in urban and suburban settings―are presented amid more general discussions about race and teaching in contemporary schools. 

rooms. It will prove indispensable to teachers, administrators, and scholars alike.

Take Action! Lesson Plans for a Multicultural Classroom (2008)
~ Lori Langer de Ramirez

Take Action! Lesson Plans for a Multicultural Classroom is for all teachers striving to meet the needs of students in today's diverse K-12 classrooms. Take Action! offers 27 practical step-by-step multicultural lesson plans organized around seven microcultures: culture and identity, race and ethnicity, abilities and disabilities, religion, socioeconomics and class, language, and gender and sexuality.  Each chapter includes three lesson plans at three different grade levels (elementary, middle, and secondary). Each lesson plan is presented with an accessible and predictable format, outlines the content areas addressed, provides a recipe-stype list of materials for all the activities in the lesson plan and action projects, and so much more. Connections to national professional standards and benchmarks for K-12 education as outlined by the Mid-continent Research for Education Learning are also included in every lesson plan. 

Teacher Talk: Multicultural Lesson Plans for the Elementary Classroom (1997)
~ Deborah Eldridge

Today, teachers are struggling to develop lesson plans for their increasingly multicultural and diverse student population. What do they do and how do they do it? The sharing of ideas among teachers is the only way they can enhance their lessons and increase their awareness. This book gives educators a unique opportunity -- it illustrates the "how" of multicultural education once the "why" is understood. Teachers and administrators have been waiting for a book like and here it is! Here are real, working classroom teachers struggling with the issues of multicultural education on a variety of levels, in various contents areas, and through individual personal interests. These teachers tell their stories, present their curriculum units, discuss their concerns, and describe themselves - all with the aim of helping other classroom teachers find their own answers about what to do and how to do it. Above all, this book is an opportunity for teachers to be heard as they struggle with the area of teaching for a changing and increasingly multicultural classroom and world. Teachers, educators, school administrators.

A Teacher's Handbook for Cultural Diversity: Families, and the Special Education System: Communication and Empowerment (1997)
~ Beth Harry

This handbook reflects the central content discussed in each chapter of "Cultural Diversity, Families and the Special Education System", and offers a range of activities from which to choose, including role plays, "reality checks" and class debates.


Teaching Stories
~ Judy Logan

When nearly everyone else is telling kids no—“No, do it this way . . . No, I don’t want to hear what you think . . . No, sit down and pay attention”—Judy Logan says yes, to a child’s passions, interests, hopes. The results have been newsmaking; her students blossom academically, winning essay contests, prizes, and entrance to the country’s best colleges. Armed with a strong sense of who they are and what they think, her students also blossom personally—resisting peer pressure, understanding racial and gender stereotypes, and connecting to the world they live in.

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Tools for Teaching the History of Civil Rights in Milwaukee and the Nation (2015)
~ Michael Edmonds

This powerful, user-friendly curriculum is designed to help teach middle and high school students the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee and the South. Each of its twenty lessons includes background information, facsimiles of historical documents, classroom activities, and thoughtful questions designed to spark critical thinking. Students will learn to connect their lives today with the people who worked 50 years ago to make the United States honor the promises of the Founding Fathers.

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Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (2014)
~ Debby Irving

Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she's changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the antiracism movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White's personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.

We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools, 3rd ed. (2016)
~ Gary R. Howard

Making a case for the “fierce urgency of now,” this new edition deepens the discussion of race and social justice in education with new and updated material. Aligned with our nation’s ever more diverse student population, it speaks to what good teachers know, what they do, and how they embrace culturally responsive teaching. This essential text is widely used in teacher preparation courses and for in-service professional development. New for the Third Edition: (a) A revised Introduction that places the book in the context of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington; (b) An updated analysis of White social dominance, bringing in Critical Race Theory and reflecting on the racist reaction to the election of our first Black President; (c) More detail to the White Identity Orientations model, bringing in the personal life experiences of several contemporary White racial-justice activists; (d) A new section, “The Whiteness of School Reform,” demonstrating how White social dominance drives much of the corporate school reform movement; (e) A richer discussion of the seven principles for Culturally Responsive Teaching, drawing lessons from the author’s transformative work with school districts throughout the country; (f) An expanded Reflection and Discussion Guide authored by two educators who have been using the book in professional development sessions for many years.

What if All the Kids are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families (2006)
~ Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia G. Ramsey

In this compelling volume, distinguished educators tackle a frequently asked question about multicultural education: How do I teach about racial and cultural diversity if all my students are white? The authors propose seven learning themes to help young white children resist messages of racism and build identity and skills for thriving in a multicultural country and world. The text includes strategies, resources, and classroom examples for implementing the learning themes in early childhood settings. Taking multicultural education to a new level, this practical guide: places the development of white children's racial identity in the context of the historical construction of "whiteness" and racism in America; suggests strategies for nurturing a new white identity as the starting place for antibias/multicultural work with children; offers ways to expand children's interests and concerns beyond their immediate world to instill a sense of caring and connection toward people different from them and to encourage seeing themselves as agents of change; and includes activities for families and staff, reflection questions, a review of white anti-racism activists, lists of suggested children's books, and organizational and website resources.

White Teachers / Diverse Classrooms: Creating Inclusive Schools, Building on Students’ Diversity, and Providing True Educational Equity (2011) 
Julie Landsman and Chance W. Lewis

The point of departure for this new edition, as it was for the first, is the unacceptable reality that, for students of color, school is often not a place to learn but a place of low expectations and failure. In urban schools with concentrations of poverty, often fewer than half the ninth graders leave with a high school diploma. This second edition has been considerably expanded with chapters that illuminate the Asian American, Native American, and Latina/o experience, including that of undocumented students, in our schools. These chapters offer insights into the concerns and issues students bring to the classroom. They also convey the importance for teachers, as they accept difference and develop cultural sensitivity, to see their students as individuals, and avoid generalizations. This need to go beneath the surface is reinforced by a chapter on adopted children, children of mixed race, and “hidden minorities”. White and Black teachers, and teachers of different races and ethnicities, here provide the essential theoretical background, and share their experiences and the approaches they have developed, to create the conditions – in both urban and suburban settings – that enable minority students to succeed. This book encourages reflection and self-examination, and calls for recognizing and reinforcing students’ ability to achieve. It also calls for high expectations for both teachers and students. It demonstrates what it means to recognize often-unconscious biases, confront institutional racism where it occurs, surmount stereotyping, adopt culturally relevant teaching, connect with parents and the community, and integrate diversity in all activities. 

White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide to Building Inclusive Schools, Promoting High Expectations, and Eliminating Racism (2006)
~ Edited by Julie Landsman and Chance W. Lewis

For African Americans, school is often not a place to learn but a place of low expectations and failure. In urban schools with concentrations of poverty, often fewer than half the ninth graders leave with a high school diploma. Black and White teachers here provide an insightful approach to inclusive and equitable teaching and illustrate its transformative power to bring about success. This book encourages reflection and self-examination, calls for understanding how students can achieve and expecting the most from them. It demonstrates what’s involved in terms of recognizing often-unconscious biases, confronting institutional racism where it occurs, surmounting stereotyping, adopting culturally relevant teaching, connecting with parents and the community, and integrating diversity in all activities. This book is replete with examples of practice and telling insights that will engage teachers in practice or in service. It should have a place in every classroom in colleges of education. Its empowering message applies not just to teachers of Black students, but illuminates teaching in every racially diverse setting.

Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education?: Understanding Race & Disability in Schools (2014)
~ Beth Harry and Janette Klingner

The second edition of this powerful book examines the disproportionate placement of Black and Hispanic students in special education. The authors present compelling, research-based stories representing the range of experiences faced by culturally and linguistically diverse students who fall in the liminal shadow of perceived disability. They examine the children's experiences, their families' interactions with school personnel, the teachers' and schools' estimation of the children and their families, and the school climate that influences decisions about referrals to special education. Based on the authors' 4 years of ethnographic research in a large, culturally diverse school district, the book concludes with recommendations for improving educational practice, teacher training, and policy renewal.