• Implementation Tools

    Material Supports

    These curriculum review tools are provided as a resource to Delaware districts and charters to support their selection of culturally responsive high-quality instructional materials. 

    Classroom Supports

    These resources are provided to Delaware districts and charters to support implementation of culturally responsive pedagogy in K-12 classrooms.

    • Text Analysis Tooklt - Achieve the Core: This toolkit aims to support educators in the process of selecting and analyzing texts based on complexity and cultural relevance. The resources focus on tools for reflecting on the identities of educators and the students they serve, analyzing texts with multiple lenses, and considering implications for use in their specific context. The resources here may support your process of text selection, or they may be embedded into your lesson preparation process for pre-selected texts (with or without instructional materials).
      • Know Yourself, Know Your Students: This is a stand-alone reflection resource meant to support educators in thinking about their own identities and those of their students. Use at strategic points over time, for example the beginning of the school year and after each semester, to continually reflect.
      • Initial Considerations for Complexity and Relevance: This is a resource to use after a first read of a text, to determine whether it’s usable for the classroom, and to begin thinking about complexity and relevance. This includes determining whether a text should not be used, or whether the teacher will need to be thinking carefully about attending to cautions in the text when using with students.
      • Expanded Qualitative Analysis for Literary Texts and Expanded Qualitative Analysis for Informational Texts: These tools assist educators to analyze features of complexity and cultural relevance more deeply in order to prepare for instruction. The rubric portion of the tool comes from the qualitative complexity rubrics that were published alongside the college- and career-ready standards, and the wording has not been changed. The additions around challenges, opportunities, and questions to ask yourself are all new for this resource. There is one version for literary texts and another for informational texts.
    • Text Analysis: Additional Supports - Achieve the Core: These resources are designed to further facilitate work with text analysis, and help make the case for why text analysis through multiple lenses is important, and dig more deeply into the elements of culturally relevant literacy instruction.
      • Resource Roundup: This one-page curated collection of resources will help facilitate reflections and conversations about race, identify, and bias; get to know students, understand culturally relevant pedagogy, dig more deeply into text selection and use, and identify multicultural texts.
      • Examples of Text Analyses and Planning Guides: These samples text analysis and planning guides were written by national experts in English/Language Arts instruction and culturally relevant pedagogy to demonstrate supportive instructional practices of anchor texts that are appropriately complex for the assigned grade level and offer opportunities for culturally relevant pedagogy.  These samples range from the K-2 grade band (The Proudest Blue, by Ibtihaj Muhammad) to grade 9 (Girl, by Jamaica Kincaid). 
    • Learning for Justice
      • Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education: offers guidance for implementing culturally responsive pedagogy and describes how teachers can bring anti-bias values to life.
      • Let’s Talk: offers classroom-ready strategies teachers can use to plan discussions and to facilitate conversations around the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination.
      • Social Justice Standards: offers a road map for anti-bias education for every stage of K-12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.
      • Speak Up at School: offers tools and strategies to prepare educators and students to speak up against prejudice, bias, and stereotypes at school. 
      • Teaching Hard History: American Slavery
        • Framework for Grades K-5: offers resources for elementary educators that include a first-of-its-kind framework, along with student texts, teaching tools, and professional development for anyone committed to teaching this hard history.
        • Framework for Grades 6-12: offers the popular Teaching Hard History resources for middle- and high-school educators as well as student-facing videos and primary source texts. Educators will also find teaching tools and professional development resources.
      • Teaching the Movement offers a set of teaching principles and curriculum rehabilitation tools dedicated to advancing Civil Rights history instruction beyond the simplified “King-and-Parks” narrative and engaging this critical content at the level of depth it deserves.
    • Facing History and Ourselves
    • Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework: offers guidelines for stakeholder groups according to the four principles of culturally responsive-sustaining education: Welcoming and Affirming environment, High Expectations and Rigorous Instruction, Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment, and Ongoing Professional Learning. Courtesy of New York State Education Department. 
    • Districts Advancing Racial Equity (DARE) Tool: offers a practical and accessible resource for understanding, assessing, and advancing racial equity within school districts. The DARE tool captures research-informed, high-leverage aspects of schooling that leaders must address in order to create systems that build on the strengths of and respond to the needs of students of color.


Last Modified on February 23, 2023