Resources: Cultures and Voices
Absent Narratives, developed by the Minnesota Humanities Center, is a relationship-based approach to creating equity within systems and communities. Its approach helps people understand that all actions, decisions and beliefs exist in relationship to others and impact how schools, parents and families work with and influence each other. Absent Narratives help improve practices through the application of four related themes: they build and strengthen the student-teacher and school-community relationships; they recognize the limits of a single story and the accumulation of absence of voices; they strive to learn from the multiplicity of voices in the community; and they work to discover solutions within the community. Read more about Absent Narratives on the Humanities Center website.

For further information, the Minnesota Humanities Center has developed a handful of specifically-tailored resources for this module. These can be found in Toolkit: Cultures and Voices.

The Minnesota Humanities Center offers in-person and online training on Absent Narratives concepts and other topics and also hosts public events to provide opportunities to engage with community stories. Additionally, their website offers several educational resources which help deepen knowledge, understanding, and empathy for many of the people that live in Minnesota in the 21st century. The Humanities Center has also developed a Resource Hunt which can be used along with the video pages.

Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Teaching Tolerance works to reduce prejudice, to improve intergroup relations and to support equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. They provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and Canada.

They provide many free resources for schools, staff, and parents. Their website is organized under a number of key categories, including its free magazine, free professional development resources focusing on reflective teaching, classroom strategies, school climate, and its teaching diverse students initiative. Many free classroom resources are available, as are free film kits and other publications. Visit the Teaching Tolerance website

Article: Creating Culturally Responsive Inclusive Classrooms
This article, from Teaching Exceptional Children March/April 2001, emphasizes the need for all students to find relevant connections among themselves and with the subject matter and the tasks teachers ask them to perform.  It offers insights and strategies in building and strengthening culturally responsive inclusive classrooms.