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Increase Cultural Responsiveness (STEAM Classrooms)


To assess the classroom curricula, content, and resources to ensure a representative approach.


This technique increases students’ belief that their teachers deeply understand their content area and know how to teach it in a way that values students’ experiences and lives.

Action Steps

  • Follow guidance on using students’ everyday lives as the starting point for learning, and on making real-life connections between academic content and local neighborhoods, culture, environment, community issues, and current events.
  • Ensure that your curriculum provides avenues for students to see STEAM as a way to understand and improve their world, take actions that combat inequity or promote equity, and connect learning to social, political, and/or environmental concerns.


Peoples, LQ., Islam, T., & Davis, T. (2021). The culturally responsive-sustaining STEAM curriculum scorecard. New York: Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, New York University. Retrieved January 2022 from https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/sites/default/files/2021-02/CRSE-STEAMScorecard_FIN_optimized%20%281%29.pdf

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