Belonging for Educators

When students feel like they belong in school, they are more motivated, engaged, and ultimately show higher performance. In this course, you will learn about belonging, why it's important, and belonging strategies for your classroom.

Number of lessons 13
Designed for Teachers
Time to complete 45 min

Topic 1: Introduction to the Course

Welcome to the Belonging for Educators course! This topic includes a brief overview of the course as well as some tips for how to use it.


This lesson contains a brief introduction to the Belonging for Educators course.

How To Use This Course

This lesson includes an overview of the course - what types of activities you should expect and how to use it.

Topic 2: About Belonging

Learn about what belonging is and why it's important.

What is belonging?

Learn what belonging is, why it's so important, and how it impacts students' learning in the classroom.

Stereotypes and Belonging

It's almost impossible to talk about belonging without talking about stereotypes. Learn how stereotypes play a powerful role in belonging.

The Faces of Belonging

Belonging can look very different for different students, depending on their experiences. See what belonging looks like for different types of students.

Quiz: Belonging Uncertainty and Its Consequences

Match the student experience to the consequence in this short quiz.

What happens when students feel they belong?

When students feel that they belong to a community, they are more motivated and engaged, and they have higher academic performance and overall well-being.

Activity: Considering Belonging in Your Classroom

Take a couple of minutes to reflect and write about what belonging means for you in your classroom.

Activity: Supporting Belonging Through Participation

Classroom and personal reflection activities to help support belonging through participation.

Topic 3: Cues of Belonging

Learn how small, but powerful cues in the environment can promote or hinder belonging in your classroom.

Cues That We Belong And Are Recognized

Learn how small cues in our environment can play a powerful role in how we interpret our sense of belonging or non-belonging in a given context.

Three Simple Cues that Promote Belonging

Learn about three simple cues that can you can use to promote belonging in the classroom.

Including Representations of All Students

Learn why it’s so important to include representations of all students in your classroom.

Quiz: Responding to Common Classroom Scenarios

See if you can respond to various classroom scenarios in a way that promotes belonging.

Downloadable Activities: Cues & Representations

Strategies to promote belonging through simple cues and by including representations of all students in your classroom.

Resources for Topic 3: Cues of Belonging

This lesson provides a list of resources related to cues of belonging.

This course was developed in collaboration with Lisel Murdock-Perriera, a doctoral student in Language, Literacy, and English Education at Stanford University.

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