Resources to get you thinking about culturally relevant and responsive school library learning commons.


Inspiration for TMC5 Sub-Themes

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

This site engages educators in studying four new pedagogies for deep learning – learning partnerships, learning environments, pedagogical practices, leveraging digital – ascertained through the “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Global Partnership” (NPDL) of 1000 schools in 10 countries.  Leaders of NPDL include Director and noted Canadian educator Michael Fullan.


Canadian Ministries of Education Resources

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Towards Equity and Inclusivity in Ontario’s Schools. Ontario Ministry of Education (2013)

The Ontario Ministry of Education defines culture as “a way of knowing” and “a resource for learning”. Six mindsets of culturally responsive educators are extensively outlined along with inquiry questions for school leaders and points of reference and resources for effective instruction.

Manitoba Education & Training: Belonging, Learning & Growing: Diversity Education

This website relates important beliefs about “diversity and equity in education” supported with a wealth of references for the classroom and library, as well as examples of projects from a variety of schools, teacher blogs, networks, grant applications, and links to the Manitoba Education sites for aboriginal education, ESL, International Languages, and Student Services.

Manitoba Education & Training: Aboriginal Education

This website provides the curricular documents and recommended learning resources relating to Aboriginal Perspectives and Native Studies in Manitoba.  Included is the document From Apology to Reconciliation: Residential School Survivors:  A Guide for Grades 9 and 11 Social Studies Teachers in Manitoba “developed in response to the Government of Canada’s formal apology to Aboriginal people who attended residential schools”.  This information and more including languages and cultures in the educational process provide an outstanding resource for educators everywhere.


Truth and Reconciliation

CFLA Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations

One of the first committees formed by the new Canadian Federation of Library Associations – Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques’s (CFLA-FCAB) with representatives from across Canada (member associations and the library community) produced this report on promoting “ initiatives in all types of libraries to advance reconciliation by supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action…and to promote collaboration in these issues across the Canadian library communities”. Teams looked at research and best practices in libraries educating on Indigenous issues, supporting reconciliation, and meeting community needs. Actions and activities are detailed. An extensive “living” bibliography is provided.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba. Resources for Educators

Formed through the vision of those affected by Indian residential schools, the NCTR is an incredible permanent home for powerful statements, documents, and materials that will work to ensure the history and legacy are never forgotten. Extensive resources in many formats are available for educators and students ages 4 through 15 plus – news, events, research, reports, exhibitions and archives are all here for study, contemplation, understanding and reflection.


Articles & Resources – General Education

Edutopia: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation) presents blogs, discussions, articles,  references and strategies for educators to access and engage in regarding culturally responsive teaching. Some current topics for discussion and reference on the site include culturally responsive teaching and the brain, building an anti-racist classroom, tolerance ensuring all students belong and much more.

Sue Montgomery (Education Canada September 2016): Open for Business

Former PM Paul Martin’s  “Martin’s Family Initiative” was created in response to inequities in funding aboriginal education as observed by the former PM. The article describes successful pilot projects that the initiative has been able to fund such as an Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP) offered in 48 high schools in eight provinces and one territory, and an early literacy initiative in two Ontario Ojibwa community schools. The article includes a video “conversation between former PM Paul Martin and CEA President/CEO Ron Canuel about the crucial steps that must be taken to provide Indigenous children the future they deserve”.

Jasmine Zine (Education Canada 42:2, 2010). Inclusive Schooling in a Plural Society: Removing the Margins

Referencing OISE Doctoral Candidate Zine’s co-authored book, Removing the Margins: The Challenges and Possibilities of Inclusive Schooling and Inclusive Schooling : A Teacher’s Companion to Removing the Margins, the article illustrates how Euro-centric focus in public education can be an alienating and marginalizing experience for many students. Instead, educators must adopt a multi-centric framework for teaching and learning, proposed here as “four primary learning objectives: integrating multiple centres of knowledge; affecting social and education change: equity, access and social justice recognition and respect of difference; and teaching for youth and community empowerment”.

Matthew Lynch (Huffington Post, 2011). What is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

In this blog post Lynch defines culturally responsive pedagogy and its three functional dimensions: the institutional dimension, the personal dimension, and the instructional dimension. “Given that a majority of teachers hail from a middle class European-American background” teachers are challenged to face their own cultural histories and biases to move towards teaching in a culturally responsive fashion.

Jim Bellanca (Partnership for 21st Century Learning, 2015). 7 Easy Equity Pieces: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Noted educator/author Bellanca, P21 Senior Fellow, founder of the International Renewal Institute and Executive Director of the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Skills, blogs in this post on a teacher’s use of problem-based learning (PBL)  to engage Latino students in learning about their cultural heritage. Bellanca observes “seven interconnected components of a culturally responsive classroom” forming the teacher’s change in pedagogy using PBL leading to a definition of culturally responsive teaching. It was noted in the post that in the teacher’s school of 1500 students, 95% Latino, apparently “there was not a single book about Mexico or its people in the school’s library”.


Articles & Resources – School Library Practice

Laura L. Summers (Library Media Connection 2010). Culturally Responsive Leadership in School Libraries

In this article Summers, assistant professor and coordinator of the online school library graduate program in the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado, postulates that teacher-librarians are in the ideal position to model multicultural practice in their schools. She explains the four levels of multicultural curricular reform from author James Banks which are “the contribution stage, the additive stage, the transformational stage, and the social action stage”. Four proactive actions for teacher-librarians to effectively foster student achievement through culturally responsive leadership are then presented – to “build trust, value cultural awareness, foster motivation, and establish inclusion”.


Articles & Resources – Librarianship

Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries Contribute to UN 2030 Agenda

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has published a booklet in 14 languages with supporting two-page handout and toolkit to help librarians support “access to information, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), culture and universal literacy, all of which have been included in the UN 2030 Agenda (for Sustainable Development)”. The booklet and website includes stories from all types of libraries worldwide.

ACRL: Keeping Up with Culturally Responsive Teaching

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the largest division of the American Library Association, presents a post in their “Keeping Up” series from Instructional Services Librarian Gina Calia-Lotz and Instruction Librarian Cindy Conley of Harford Community College on how academic libraries can have “significant impact on supporting diversity and student success at our institutions” in five key areas.


Data, Data, Data

“Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.” Statistics Canada web pages support  researchers with data to use, interpret, and discuss. Teachers and teacher-librarians can guide students in the use of research data by teaching them to access and use Statistics Canada.

Statistics Canada: Aboriginal Peoples

Statistics Canada: Ethnic Diversity and Immigration

Statistics Canada: Children and Youth