Build in structures to learn about the culture, language, and values of students

Students need to know that they can bring their full identities into the classroom and feel safe. By taking time to learn about and embrace students’ culture, language, values, and identities, teachers send a powerful message that students are valued as individuals.

Explore Student Experiences Throughout the School Year

Click on each critical period to explore student experiences.

Strong Start


Keeping Up


Midterm Reset


Exam Prep


Due to varying school schedules and contexts, the exact timing of the critical periods will differ by school and even by class. The months provided are a guide for where teachers should be looking for experiences based on time of year.

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