By: Zaretta Hammond

Are you on a journey of creating a culturally responsive learning environment? This is a great book to check out. While it is a little dated (2013), the strategies and tips are still applicable today. The one piece of information that truly dates the book is Hammond’s use of the term “achievement gap.” In current research the achievement gap is referred to as an opportunity gap. For example, students need to be given the opportunity to show their academic and social achievement, however opportunities are often not provided for historically marginalized children.

The multiple strategies provided in the book span from building learning environments for and with culturally and linguistically diverse students to building intellective capacity by developing a culturally responsive community of learners.

 At the end of the book Hammond provides reflective questions that are questions that could be asked throughout the book:

  • What values do you want to communicate through our environment?
  • How do you want children to experience their time in our classroom?
  • What do the materials in the classroom communicate to children and families?
  • What do you want the environment to teach those that are in it?

Reviewed by: Anni Reinking