Students of color now the majority, but work remains to ensure culturally relevant materials

February 21, 2019

With students of color now comprising 50% of America’s public school student population, and 80% of the student population in urban public schools, ensuring textbooks and other curriculum resources are culturally relevant is more important than ever.

Last year, Learning Forward — a professional organization for educators who lead professional learning — urged districts to make curriculum the primary focus of teachers’ professional learning communities (PLC). “This is the most authentic work I can think of for PLC time,” said Stephanie Hirsh, the organization’s executive director.

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