According to an article in Education.com, “teachers and counselors should expect larger numbers of Hispanic students to prefer: (1) a cool environment; (2) conformity; (3) peer-oriented learning; (4) kinesthetic instructional resources; (5) a high degree of structure; (6) late morning and afternoon peak energy levels; (7) variety as opposed to routines; and (8) a field-dependent cognitive style.” The culture values family commitment and cooperation. Respect for authority is important, as are spirituality and individual self-respect. 

To enhance your understanding of aspects of Latino cultures, the center recommends educators take part in seven experiences. Opportunities are highlighted below. For an overview of the seven experiences, please click here.


Articles (Coming Soon - Please Check Back Later)



The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

Pura Belpre Book Awards (Latina/o Authors/Illustrators)

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP):  Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students, Second Edition (Teaching for Social Justice) – by Gregory Michie

The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners – by Debbie Zacarian

About ELLs: Guides for Instruction

Adoption and ELLs

Culturally Responsive Instruction for ELLs

Early Childhood Education and ELLs

Elementary English Language Learners

Middle & High School English Language Learners

Coaching (Coming Soon - Please Check Back Later)

Community Site Visits

Centro Hispano of Milwaukee

Ballet Folklorico

National Council for La Raza – affiliates (Midwest)

Latino Policy Forum

Latino Arts, Inc.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chicano and Latina Studies at U of W Madison

Latino Central Wisconsin


Conferences and Workshops

LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)

ATDLE (formerly Two-Way CABE)

La Cosecha

NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education)

AMME (Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education)


Guest Speakers

Juan Lopez – Manager of the Bureau of Program Management and Special Populations for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Gladys Benavides – Cross Cultural Communications Consultant

Cristina Sanchez-Lopez – Education Specialist for the Illinois Resource Center

Jacqueline Ibarren – Wisconsin DPI Consultant

Sylvia Puente – Latino Policy Forum, Executive Director

Gregory Michie – Author, Educator

Ofelia Garcia


School Site Visits

Nuestro Mundo Community School – Madison, Wisconsin

La Escuela De Fratney – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National Directory of Dual Immersion programs



By Student Group

African American



American Indian/Alaska Native

By Experience Type


Book Studies

Coaching and Modeling

Conferences and Workshops

Community Site Visits

Guest Speakers 

School Visits

Why CRP?

1. Wisconsin students are becoming increasingly diverse.

2. Culturally responsive practices make a difference.

3. RtI is a systems change model that examines universal practices, and monitors who is successful with and without interventions.

Additional Information

Culturally Responsive Glossary

Model to Inform Culturally Responsive Practices

Cultural Practices That Are Relevant - PD Vision

Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network "The Network"