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Building an evidence base for culturally responsive teaching presents an interesting challenge: the majority of education research has been conducted with White, native-English-speaking, middle-class students. In this session, hear how our team conducted a research review focused on studies led by and centered on people of color, and how the results reinforce a holistic approach spanning the domains of awareness, community building, cognitive development, and critical consciousness.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Access Highlander Institute’s Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Pedagogy (CRSP) Framework Research Base Overview.
  2. Understand the challenges of performing research and literature reviews that authentically center the experiences/backgrounds of students from marginalized populations.
  3. Learn about the strong links between culturally responsive practices, non-academic outcomes, and academic achievement that could inspire change in your context.


  • Malika Ali, Highlander Institute