Resources You Can Use

Explore! There are resources out there that can inform you as you work with all learners in your classroom. As you find resources that you think should be added to this list, please send them to Linda Gamble at and we will post them on this resource page.

Short Videos and Literary Resources


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Consider the response of the children
Did you know that there was a controversy over a Cheerios ad? Watch this video and consider your own response. Why do you think it was controversial? What does this controversy say about children? How could you use this in your classroom?

Choosing to Participate Poster Exhibit
A Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit and online resource for teachers and administrators. This page includes resources and downloadable posters and other educator materials. FREE and useful to encourage dialogue. From their website: “As our world grows increasingly interconnected, it’s more important than ever to inspire people of all ages to create positive social change. When we stop to consider the consequences of our everyday choices—to discover how “little things are big”—we can make a huge difference.”

Books for Classroom Use: Skipping Stones A listing of great books to use with children and youth about topics related to diversity.You may also find interesting information at Skipping Stones: An international multicultural magazine.

Film Short: “Immersion” This 12-minute film is thought-provoking and an important resource that can be used to help learners and to think about immersion strategies and the experience of ELLs.

YouTube: Strategies for teaching ESL students in your classroom. This is a great introduction and is only 7 minutes long.

YouTube: ESL Struggles and Strategies. Another good look at what it is like to be an English Language Learner. Just under 7 minutes long and begins by asking if English should be our “official” language.

YouTube: Scaffolding Language Skills. A short introduction to strategies you may already know but haven’t thought about in terms of working with English Language Learners. Just under 2 minutes long.

Families of the World: a website that has clips from a series of PBS documentaries. The documentaries provide insight into the world of families and children who live in different cultures. The clips are interesting to watch and a teacher might use this as a resource if a family has ties to a different part of the world or if a class is studying a specific country or region.

August to June: the story of a different approach to schools and learning. A clip from a film that demonstrates there are different ways to educate.

A Refugee Camp: Doctors without Borders site which illustrates the life of a refugee leaving home through pictures and words.

Walking the “Only” Road: Psychological Tight Spaces by Dr. Shawn Arango Ricks, past-president of the Southern Organization for Human Services (SOHS). This is a very thought provoking piece about concepts such as what does it mean to live in a “post-racial” or “color-blind” America.

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Lesson Planning Resources


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Teaching Tolerance – A new text selection tool from Teaching Tolerance. According to their information it can help you select culturally responsive texts and meet the requirements of the Common Core.

TED-Ed —A guide to creating “FLIPPED” lessons and online resources.

Five Things High School Students Should Know About Race Understanding Language –– This article provides a solid, thoughtful overview of the knowledge that students should learn about race. Extremely well written article from the Harvard Education Letter.

Understanding Language: Language, Literacy and Learning in the Content Area – This website has resources to help teachers prepare to support ELL students meeting the Common Core State Standards.

GLSEN – Here you’ll find lesson plans, curricular tools, information on teacher training programs and more.

Teaching in Racially Diverse Classrooms – a tip-sheet from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University. Thought provoking!

Multicultural Education Pavilion – many resources to use in teaching, learning, and professional development.

Teaching Tolerance – Southern Poverty Law Center – tools to help teachers guide students as they learn to live in their diverse world. An outstanding resource!

The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative – Southern Poverty Law Center –  tools, case studies and learning resources to explore and consider diversity in the classroom.

Project Implicit – An opportunity to sample your conscious and unconscious bias and learn more about yourself. – ESL lesson plan samples, teaching tips, resources, ESL national news.

Beatrice Moore Luchin 2011 Maine workshops
“How Do I Know What they Know and Understand? Instant Math Assessment Techniques” – April 29, 2010
“How Do I Know What They Know? Building Your Toolkit of Assessment Strategies” PowerPoint in pdf  |  Handouts from the workshop

Colorin Colorado –a tremendous resource for working with Spanish speaking families but also useful for other ELL families

ePals Global Community – A k-12 Social Learning Network. Lots of great opportunities to expand your students’ horizons.

Discover Education – many free lesson plans including some specifically targeting diversity issues.

Understanding Language – Stanford University website about working with English Language Learners that includes professional papers and teaching resources that will be updated frequently.

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Professional Development Resources


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Southern Poverty Law Commonly Held Beliefs Survey This is an important first step! Take this quiz and check in with yourself about your beliefs.

Mass Customized Learning: One teacher’s vision to help you understand MCL.

Imagine Learning – Archived Webinars about education with an emphasis on working with English Language Learners. High quality professional development at your desk!

Preparing All Teachers to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners – A comprehensive report from the Center for American Progress.

Choosing to Participate – Educator resources, including a self-paced educator workshop about the importance of choosing to be part of positive social change. This site also includes materials that would be useful in the classroom.

IRIS Resources – Resources, including case studies, that guide learning about inclusive environments

Educating English Language Learners: Building Teacher Capacity – A roundtable report that explores what teachers need to know to work with English Language Learners

NCELA – The National Clearing House for English Language Acquisition with links to professional development materials

Multicultural Resources – Maine DHHS Office of Multicultural Affairs

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) – Information about working with refugee families and youth.


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Other Items of Interest


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10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism into our Schools: An interesting and thought provoking article.

KAHNAcademy: A resource for supplemental learning opportunities. Check this out and think about how it might support and encourage student learning.

Tell Me More:  This NPR radio program focuses on issues of interest to all from very diverse perspectives. Of particular interest might be the twitter conference on Education discussed on the October 11th, 2012 program.

Mom (and Dad’s) View of ADHD: a web page and blog about life with ADHD.

Down’s Syndrome Blogs:  parents blogging about down’s syndrome: “For parents of children with Down’s Syndrome (also known as Downs Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21, DS, and T21), the world can sometimes seem like a hostile and unsympathetic place. We are cast alternately as demons, for allowing perceived genetically abnormal people to survive, or as saints doing charitable work. We are neither. We are parents.

The Color of Life: parenting advice for transracial adoptive families. This site underscores some of the issues and challenges that children and families confront and also includes resources that could be useful in the classroom.

MamiVerse: a website of parenting advice for Latino families. This site includes good resources for teachers as well as parents. For example, there is an article about great Latino Children’s Books is posted on this website.

Mahogany Momma’s Black Parenting Blog: a website of parenting advice for African American families. This site includes good resources for teachers as well as parents. For example, there is an article about positive images for black girls posted on this website.

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children: an excerpt from the book Does Anybody Else Look Like Me: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children by Donna Jackson Nakazawa.

See Baby Discriminate: an article that reports the results of a study about young children’s perception of race.


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Professional / Volunteer Opportunities for Candidates


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Fresh Air Fund – Work with children from New York City who are experiencing life outside the city.

Literacy Volunteers – Volunteer as a tutor! Training is provided and you can make the difference in a student’s life. Opportunities in Franklin County:, the greater Augusta area: or the Waterville area:

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