Creating a welcoming and affirming remote learning environment

This collection contains professional learning resources to support teachers in validating and affirming students’ identities, perspectives, and experiences; developing critical consciousness to create student agency; and in caring for students in culturally responsive ways.

Consider this resource to support professional learning on racism and civic education.

Included Resources

Caring for students is a critical element of a culturally responsive and sustaining teacher’s practice in every learning context. Feeling cared for, and caring deeply for others, has a large impact on the ways that students and teachers experience a learning environment. It is important for educators to reflect on the ways that we are caring for st...

In this self-guided resource, educators can explore multimodal resources and engage in critical self-reflection as they build a daily practice of centering and inviting student stories in the classroom so that students, particularly those from historically marginalized populations, feel visible and valued. The resource includes opportunities to reflect on the role of storytelling in your own life as well as specific resources to help develop a welcoming and affirming classroom culture, enhance lesson content, and shift the power dynamic from teacher- to student-centered.

This reflection guide provides reflection questions and ideas for action areas for teachers seeking to foster community and work towards a welcoming and affirming environment for students in their remote learning context.

This guide can be used both for individual reflection, as well as a jumping off point for group reflection and sharing of promising practices among a group of educators.