Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Sherie Klee

Academic Year



Educational resources need to be more diverse to better reflect the populations of classroom communities. Students identifying as Lesbian Gay Bisexual and/or Transgender (LGBT), girls and women, and students from ethnically and/or racially marginalized communities are affected by the classroom content they consume and are taught. This project focuses on the impacts of diversity in educational resources and how intersectional Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) can alleviate the harmful impacts of a one-sided narrative in curriculum. The unit plan included at the end of the project details how teachers can embed diversity into content curriculum and include diverse perspectives while effectively teaching the required content standards (including literacy standards for Social Studies). Lesson plans were created to engage students in authentic ways and allow students to experience the perspectives of others while encouraging critical thinking, teaching collaboration skills, and honing students’ literacy skills. Resource materials are included and intended to provide an opportunity for conversation around marginalized identities and the impacts of these identities in modern times- not just the past. The intention of this project is to provide a blueprint to enable teachers and administrators to address a lack of diversity in resources and materials used in the classroom.

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Education Commons