PD Webinar

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
Empowering Responsive and Reflective Educators

Presented by Maria Campanario

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Explore ways to create school and classroom environments that build on diverse students’ strengths and increase access to effective learning experiences. Equity and inclusion expert Maria Campanario explains how educators can build positive relationships and support classroom conversations that encourage analysis of different perspectives, experiences, and cultures.

This research-based webinar will provide a framework for developing an academic mindset and critical thinking skills through responsive instruction and the use of resources that feature a variety of voices and viewpoints. Topics discussed during this session will include:

  • How cultural attributes and social interactions can affect learning and outcomes
  • A coherent approach to providing relevant instruction and targeted support
  • What to look for in textbooks, trade books, and supplemental resources
  • Developing students’ ability to identify, analyze, and solve real-world problems


1 hour

About the Presenter

Maria Campanario has over four decades of experience in education in administrative, consulting, and teaching roles. Her work with districts concentrates on building effective schools, literacy, issues of equity, multilingual learners, special education, and supporting district/school administrators in organizational planning. Nationally she presents at multiple conferences yearly. Maria’s university instruction focuses on courses for educational leadership, content literacy, race, and urban education, with a focus on equity and instruction that addresses the needs of socially, culturally, and linguistically diverse student populations. Maria is the National Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Leadership consultant at Benchmark Education, and she has recently been on the authorship team creating social justice pieces for Benchmark Booster and core programs.

More Resources

Reycraft Books Culturally Relevant Trade Book Collections

Connect children to the world around them through books that inform, inspire, and reflect their experiences.

  • Authentic stories by authors and illustrators from underrepresented communities
  • Award-winning picture books, early chapter books, middle grade books, and graphic novels that call out to be read again and again
  • Curated collections empower educators to affirm the unique identities of their students and build bridges to the world
  • Teacher support for every title!

Authentic Voices BookRoom

All Students Deserve to See Themselves in a Book
Do you have enough texts that reflect the lives and backgrounds of your entire student population? How can you ensure equity and cultural relevance in the classroom? Authentic Voices BookRoom features hundreds of original, culturally inclusive books that ensure that all students see their stories and perspectives represented in the books they read—and open their minds to worlds and people outside of their own experiences.


Celebrate Rich and Diverse Voices and Identities
Represent is an exciting, forward-thinking new collection of 200+ fiction and nonfiction texts that promote multiple perspectives, critical thinking, and knowledge building.

  • Reach and raise every child with responsive teaching lessons.
  • Share authentic texts featuring underrepresented groups.
  • Build knowledge, vocabulary, and perspectives by aligning to science, social studies, and ELA topics.
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