Multicultural Resources

Resources in Multicultural Education

Compiled by Sonia Nieto

Professor Emerita

Language, Literacy, and Culture

School of Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


This resource list contains information on organizations, agencies, journals and other resources that focus on diversity and multicultural education. Many are located in New England and the Northeast, but others are national in scope.



Organizations, Associations, and Resource Centers


Boston Children’s Museum/Teacher Leadership Center

300 Congress Street

Boston, MA.  02210

(617) 426-6500 or (800) 370-5487

FAX:  (617) 451-1547


The Boston Children’s Museum offers a variety of multicultural programs for K-8 teachers and their classes. The Museum houses many multicultural resources including exhibits, and has multimedia curricula kits available for a small fee. A multicultural summer institute and year-round workshops are also offered.


California Tomorrow

360 22nd Street, Suite 640

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 496-0220; FAX (510) 496-0225



California Tomorrow publishes materials, including numerous advocacy reports, focusing on the tremendous diversity in California’s schools. Books include California Perspectives and Embracing Diversity.


Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

4646 40th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20016-1859

(202) 362-0700

FAX:  (202) 362-3740



The CAL promotes the improvement of communication through better understanding of language and culture. It has numerous publications of interest to those in bilingual education, ESL, foreign language education, literacy, refugee integration, and other related topics.


Eastern Educational Resource Collaborative (East Ed)

P.O. Box 57011

Washington, D.C. 20037


Fax: 202-464-1996


The mission of East Ed is to serve as a resource to schools and agencies and to support the establishment of equitable, unbiased, and multicultural environments. Among the services that East Ed offers are a Multicultural Seminar series, institutes and conferences, and online services.


Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)

23 Garden Street

Cambridge, MA.  02138

(617) 492-1764 or (800) 370-2515

FAX:  (617) 864-5164



ESR works directly with educators to implement systemic practices that create safe, caring, and equitable schools so that all young people succeed in school and life, and help shape a safe, democratic and just world.  Founded in 1982, ESR is a national leader in school reform and provides professional development, consultation, and educational resources to adults who teach young people in preschool through high school.


Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc. (FHAO)

16 Hurd Road

Brookline, MA 02146

(617) 232-1595

FAX:  (617) 232-0281


Founded in 1976, FHAO is an international educational and professional development nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, FHAO helps students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.


Family Diversity Projects

PO Box 1246

Amherst, MA  01004-1246

(413) 256-0502

FAX:  (413) 253-3977



Family Diversity Projects educates students, educators, and the public about family diversity to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, and harassment based on sexual orientation, race, mental or physical disabilities, and other differences. They have developed a number of prize-winning photo exhibits about diverse families (Love Makes a Family, Multiracial Families, etc.).


Gay/Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

New York: (212) 629-3322

Los Angeles: (323) 933-2240


With offices in Los Angeles and New York City, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.


Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

90 Broad Street, 2nd floor

New York, NY  10004

(212) 727-0135

FAX (212) 727-0254



GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.


LatinoJustice (PRLDEF)

99 Hudson Street

New York, NY  10013

(212) 219-3360



Since the 1970s, LatinoJustice PRLDEF (long known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) has been celebrated for its continuous efforts to increase the diversity of the legal profession by reducing barriers for Latinos and other students of color to successfully matriculate in law school. LatinoJustice PRLDEF also litigates class action civil rights suits on behalf of the Latino community in the Northeast.


The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Public Policy and Development

University of Massachusetts

100 Morrissey Boulevard

Boston, MA.

Phone: (617) 287-5000

FAX: (617) 287-5788



The Gastón Institute serves the Latino community in Massachusetts by providing technical assistance, conferences and speakers’ series, and by publishing reports and books on Latino communities in the Commonwealth.


Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

634 South Spring Street, 11th floor

Los Angeles, CA.  90014

(213) 629-2512


With its main headquarters in Los Angeles and satellite offices in four other locations around the nation, MALDEF is an advocacy organization that seeks to protect the rights of Hispanics in all areas of life. MALDEF has been responsible for the majority of civil rights class action litigation affecting Hispanics.


National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (NAAPAE)

PO Box 3471

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA  90274

(650) 991-4676


Established in 1977, NAAPAE works to establish a communications network among individuals committed to quality education for Asian and Pacific Americans. NAAPAE sponsors an annual conference and promotes curriculum inclusion, research, and improvement of education.


National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

1313 L Street, NW, Suite 210

Washington, D.C.  20005-4100

(202) 898-1829

FAX (202) 789-2866


NABE is a professional association founded in 1975 to address the educational needs of language minority students.  It hosts an annual conference and publishes a newsletter as well as a journal.


National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE)

310 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Washington, D.C. 20003

(202) 608-6310

Toll free:  (800) 221-2654


NABSE is dedicated to improving the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase attendance and overall achievement. They hold a national conference and publish The Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators as well as a newsletter, Newsbriefs.


National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

5272 River RD, Suite 535

Bethesda, MD 20816

Phone: (301) 951-0022

FAX: 301-951-0023



NAME is a professional organization founded in 1990 to promote multicultural education in the United States. NAME hosts a national conference and provides leadership in national and state dialogues on equity, diversity and multicultural education. NAME publishes a professional journal, Multicultural Perspectives.


National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)

[formerly National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education]

2011 Eye Street, NW, Suite 300

Washington, D.C.  20006

(202) 467-0867 or (800) 321-6223

FAX: (800) 531-9347



NCELA  collects, coordinates and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for English Language Learners. To fulfill its mission NCELA supports high quality networking among state-level administrators of Title III programs.

National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut and Massachusetts

360 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1009

1095 Day Hill Road

Windsor, CT 06095

Phone (860) 683-1039

FAX: (860) 683-1409



The NCCJ of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, Inc. is the only nonpartisan human relations organization in the region dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. The NCCJ promotes understanding and respect for all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.


National Council of La Raza

1126 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20036

(202) 785-1670


Established in 1968, NCLR is the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation and works to improve opportunities for Latinos. It serves as a national umbrella organization for 117 affiliate, community-based organizations, with a focus on policy analysis, technical assistance, training, and public information.

National Women’s History Project

3440 Airway Drive, Suite F

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: (707) 636-2888

Fax: (707) 636-2909



The National Women’s History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission it is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.


Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

1726 M Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington, D.C. 20036

Main Phone: (202) 467-8180

Fax: (202) 467-8194



Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.


Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)

Prescott College

220 Grove Avenue

Prescott, AZ 86301

Phone: (928) 350-2008

The Peace and Justice Studies Association is a non-profit organization that works to create a peaceful world through the promotion of peace studies within universities, colleges, and K-12 grade levels. It promotes alliances among educators, students, activists, and other peace practitioners in order to enhance each other’s work on peace, conflict and non-violence. PJSA sponsors an annual conference and has a number of publications.


The Prejudice Institute

2743 Maryland Avenue

Baltimore, MD  21218

Phone (410) 243-6987



As a resource for activists, lawyers, and social scientists, The Prejudice Institute is devoted to policy research and education on all dimensions of prejudice, discrimination, and ethnoviolence.


Smithsonian Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Arts and Industries Building 1163

MRC 402

Washington, D.C. 20560


This office produces a magazine, Arts to Zoo’s, to help teachers bring the   educational power of museums into the classroom. It draws on the  Smithsonian’s exhibits and programs, and features a bilingual activity page  for students.


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 550

Alexandria, Virginia 22314-6820

Phone: (703) 836-0774

(Toll Free in U.S.): (888) 547-3369

Fax: (703) 836-7864 or -6447



This professional organization promotes scholarship, dissemination of information, and strengthening of instruction and research in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.  TESOL has a large annual international conference.

Teaching Diverse Students Initiative (TDSI)

A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program, TDSI provides educators with research-based resources for improving the teaching of racially and ethnically diverse students. A free internet professional development program, TDSI includes resources that are embedded in tools and resources.


Teaching for Change

PO Box 73038

Washington, DC 20056\

Phone:  (202) 588-7204

FAX:  (202) 238-0109




Teaching for Change is a non-profit organization that promotes peace, justice, and human rights through critical, anti-racist, multicultural education. Through professional development and its publications, TFC provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world.


The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

University of Southern California

School of Policy, Planning, and Development

Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall

650 Childs Way, Suite 201A

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0206

Phone: (213) 821-5615

FAX: (213) 821-1976


Founded in 1985, the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) advances informed policy on key issues affecting Latino communities through objective and timely research contributing to the betterment of the nation. The Institute has published 200 research reports and policy briefs addressing a wide range of topics – from immigration and education to technology and employment and it helps shape public policy by providing elected officials and community leaders with non-partisan research.



Specific Curriculum Resources: Films and Posters


How We Feel: Hispanic Students Speak Out

Landmark Films, Inc.

Falls Church, VA

(800) 342-4336


A moving film made by Virginia Vogel Zanger, it shows high school  Hispanic students talking about their school experiences in the United States.

It’s Elementary:  Talking About Gay issues in School


2180 Bryant Street, Suite 203

San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: 415-641-4616

FAX: 415-641-4632


For teachers and classroom use, this award-winning film focuses on gay and lesbian issues in elementary and secondary schools. Since 1978, GroundSpark (formerly Women’s Educational Media) has produced and distributed films, educational resources and campaigns on issues ranging from environmental concerns to affordable housing to preventing prejudice.


Oliver Button is a Star

Executive Producers:  Tomie dePaola, John Scagliotti, Joann Usher

Producer:  Dan Hunt

The Oliver Button Project

Published by Harcout Brace and Company

Based on Tomie dePaola’s classic children’s book, this story teaches a powerful lesson about embracing differences, nurturing talent, and striving to achieve one’s dreams.

California Newsreel

Main Office:

500 Third Street, Suite 505

San Francisco, CA 94107-1875

Phone: (415) 284-7800

FAX: (415) 284-7801



California Newsreel has many videos appropriate for courses and inservice

education, including Blacks and Jews, Blue-Eyed, Ethnic Notions, Frosh,  Shattering the Silences, Skin Deep, and The Case for Minority Faculty.


Women of Hope

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Five sets of 12 posters celebrating the achievements of women of African

American, Hispanic, Asian American, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Study guide included.

Zinn Education Project


The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. Its goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. It includes the DVD Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, a copy of Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States, and a teaching guide developed especially for this project.


Journals and Magazines with a Focus on Bilingual and/or

Multicultural Education

Anthropology and Education Quarterly



Official journal of the American Anthropological Association, this journal publishes scholarship on schooling in social and cultural contexts, and on human learning both inside and outside of schools. Articles rely primarily on ethnographic research to address immediate problems of practice as well as broad theoretical questions.


Bilingual Research Journal


The official journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education, this journal focuses on the latest research in bilingual education and the education of language minority students.


The Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingüe


This bilingual (Spanish/English) journal publishes articles ranging from research in    education to literary criticism, as well as original literature (poetry and short stories)          in either or both languages.






A politically progressive magazine that focuses on race, ethnicity, culture,

and politics.


Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education



Of interest to classroom teachers and other educators, this magazine offers practical    suggestions and information on current resources in multicultural education and includes important articles about current research and issues in the field.


Equity and Excellence in Education



Equity & Excellence in Education publishes articles based on scholarly research using qualitative or quantitative methods, as well as essays that describe and assess practical efforts to achieve educational equity and are contextualized within an appropriate literature review.


Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education



Hispanic Outlook is a top information news source and the sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community, and those involved in institutions of higher learning.


Journal of American Indian Education



Based at the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University’s College of Education, The Journal of American Indian Education (JAIE) publishes papers directly related to the education of American Indian/Alaska Natives. The Journal also invites scholarship on educational issues pertaining to Native Peoples of the world, including First Nations (Aboriginal People of Canada), Native Hawaiian, Maori, Indigenous Peoples of Latin American and others.


Journal of Latinos and Education

Taylor & Francis Publications



JLE provides a multidisciplinary forum for scholars and writers who share a common interest in the analysis, discussion, critique, and dissemination of educational issues that impact Latinos.


Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development


This international journal from Great Britain publishes scholarly articles, research in progress, and book reviews that focus on bilingualism and bilingual education, and on the education of students of culturally dominated status throughout the world.


Multicultural Education Abstracts


An international service that draws on a wide range of sources to serve the       information needs of those throughout the world concerned with multicultural    education, this journal catalogues research, author and subject matter information.


Multicultural Perspectives


The official publication of NAME, the National Association for Multicultural Education, since 1998.


MultiCultural Review


Published quarterly, this journal provides reviews of multicultural materials and information on the subject of multiculturalism in general. Every issue includes a number of features such as book briefs, news notes, and a chalkboard.


Rethinking Schools




A non-profit independent newspaper advocating the reform of elementary and           secondary public schools with an emphasis on urban schools. Published by    Milwaukee area teachers and educators.


Race ethnicity and education



A refereed, interdisciplinary journal, REE provides a focal point for international scholarship, research, and debate concerning the meaning and significance for race and ethnicity, and for the perpetuation of inequality and oppression.



Teaching Tolerance


A publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance provides classroom strategies and curriculum ideas for teachers that focus on diversity and tolerance. They also have a number of teaching and video resources that they provide to schools at no cost.


Tribal College:  Journal of American Indian Higher Education



Sponsored by a consortium of 26 Indian-controlled community colleges, this journal focuses on American Indian issues in higher education and features both journalistic and scholarly articles.


Urban Education


A scholarly journal that focuses on issues relevant to urban and innercity education,    it is especially geared to teacher educators and research-oriented classroom teachers.


Multicultural Magazines, Book Publishers, and Websites for Children, Young Adults, and Families




Cobblestone Publishing


For students in grades 4 – 9, this magazine introduces readers to various cultures around the world. It contains photos, articles, stories, and suggested activities.

Families Like Mine

website:  http:

A web site and newsletter dedicated to decreasing isolation for people who have parents who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), and bringing voice to the experiences of these families.


Just Us Books


Publishers of Black-interest books for young people, Just Us Books was started by Wade and Cheryl Hudson, who as parents of Black children, were looking in vain for books with Black themes and characters. The company has received numerous awards for their titles.


Skipping Stones:  A Multicultural Children’s Quarterly


This magazine encourages cooperation, creativity, and the celebration of cultural and linguistic diversity. Each issue contains a guide for parents and teachers and regular departments include book reviews, pen pals, and cultural collages.


Teen Voices




Teen Voices is an intensive journalism mentoring and leadership development program for teen girls in Boston whose mission is to support and educate teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media.



Internet Resources


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California Association for Bilingual Education CABE offers legislative information and other resources related to serving the needs of California’s diverse students. Stop by their chat room.

The Multicultural Pavilion site (Resources and Dialogues for Diversity in Education) was developed by Paul Gorski. It lists free resources for multicultural educators, students, and activists. It has a newly designed link index, a section with original resources on the digital divide and multicultural education, and other popular section including Web-based discussion forums, film reviews, original articles and research by colleagues from around the world, a huge and growing index of quotations about social justice and education, awareness activities, and lots of other stuff. You can even submit your own research or poetry to be published online!


A site focusing on multicultural resources for teachers and teacher educators with original resources on curriculum transformation, classroom activities, and research.

A great resource for Black history. Go especially to the THIS WEEK IN BLACK HISTORY link.

Website of the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University, San Marcos, it contains a database of recommended books in Spanish for children and adolescents published worldwide.


A website on multicultural education developed by McGraw-Hill. According to Paul Gorski, the site author and content consultant, it’s “a great collection of classroom activities, articles, a discussion format, and other resources.” It’s designed to target pre- and in-service teachers and teacher educators.


James Crawford’s Language Policy Web Site – a simply awesome collection of information to aid the fight against the English Only movement and to promote equal opportunity for linguistic minorities


The official site of the National Association for Multicultural Education.


Multicultural Education Discussion List ((MULTC-ED)


The MULTC-ED is intended to serve those involved with multicultural curriculum, teaching or research for grades preschool – 12 and colleges and universities, other educationally related agencies, and parents. To subscribe, send a message to    No subject   Subscribe MULTC-ED your name