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Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Primary Sources: new for teachers

Published on Mon, 10/07/2019

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy video introduction by professor

There are two new opportunities for teachers to learn more about culturally relevant pedagogy, in addition to the excellent videos and other teaching materials linked on the Engagement Strategies page of the Accessing Inquiry section of this website. 

Working Toward a Culturally Relevant Classroom Webinar - recorded October 15, 1pm, 2019 by the Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region.

The description for the webinar reads, "The past has so much to teach us and our students have so much to teach us. How do we intersect effective social studies instruction and culturally relevant learning in a way that honors students' cultural competence? Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with primary sources can help our learners understand history while reflecting on their own knowledge and experiences. Join us for hands-on activities that share historical instruction through a culturally relevant lens."

Online forum for discussing Primary Sources and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 

The TPS Teachers Network, a discussion platform for teaching with primary sources on a wide variety of topics, is about to add a new group. Primary Sources and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy will offer the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and resources about making teaching connect to the cultures of students, and ways that primary sources can make connections that are culturally relevant. 

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy resources on the website

The Minnesota Historical Society has published a series of brief educational videos for new and experienced teachers. Each 10 minute segment introduces the concepts of culturally relevant pedagogy and the ways that using primary sources expands students’ understanding of history.

The lesson featured in the last video, in which students look at primary sources on school integration and ask the question, “How do we know when something needs to be changed?” offers an example of an elementary-level civics lesson consistent with the new Massachusetts framework.

View the Minnesota Historical Society materials on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, including curriculum featured in the videos.

And check out the Accessing Inquiry Engagement Strategies page at for more professional development videos and articles. 


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Alison Noyes

Manager, Emerging America
Alison Noyes is the manager of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, where she leads the English Learner Collaborations project funded by a Library of Congress grant to the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.