The North Central Regional Laboratory (1995) has developed the following checklist to determine the quality of a school's multicultural practices:
"How Multicultural Is Your School?
GETTING STARTED: A CHECKLIST
- Does our school foster understanding and acceptance of cultural differences?
- Does our school acknowledge and treat honestly and fairly the contributions of different cultural groups?
- Do our curricular materials accurately represent the histories, experiences, and contributions of various cultural groups?
- Does our school provide all students equal access to quality educational programs and learning experiences?
- Does our school tap into students' family, language, and culture as foundations for learning?
- Do classroom practices encourage multiple intelligences and reflect an understanding of different learning styles?
- Do our teachers know how to use students' informal home language as a tool for developing formal literacy?
- Do our assessment methods reflect the diversity of students' learning styles, language, and culture?
- Does our school link learning to families and resources in the local community?
- Is our school sensitive to the special needs and cultures of our parents?
- Does our school provide ongoing parent education and training so parents can learn ways to enhance their child's learning at home?
- Do we provide opportunities for staff to gain knowledge about different cultural groups?
- Do teachers receive training to help them use students' family, language, and culture as foundations for learning?
- Do teachers receive training to help them work with culturally and linguistically diverse students and parents?"