Students today make up the most diverse collective of learners, with school populations being comprised of large numbers of members from historically marginalized communities. Achieving equitable learning environments requires acknowledging and adjusting our approaches to education to fully support and include students from non-dominant backgrounds. The classroom strategies and content explored in this research focuses on the importance and impact of language inclusion, social justice pedagogy, and culturally relevant resources and representation. This paper explores findings based on published research, data collected from classroom experience, and information and feedback from professionals and experts in their fields. Keywords: social justice pedagogy, multilingualism, inclusion, culturally relevant, bilingual, language, representation, oppression, equity, education

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Action Research

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Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

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Jaclyn Caires-Hurley

Committee Member

Amy Baldwin


social justice pedagogy, culturally relevant teaching, multilingualism, human right, equity



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Secondary Education

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