Learning Environment


Goal & Strategies*

The physical space and emotional environment (campuses, buildings, schools, and classrooms) promote collaborative relationships, actively engage all children in a variety of learning experiences and settings, and support the health and wellness of children and adults.

Culturally Inclusive

Learning environments are welcoming and reflect the community of children and their families, home communities, cultures, and languages.

Example Implementation Indicators

District-, Site-, and Community-Based Administrators

  • Use nationally recognized tools and rubrics to evaluate and rate the quality of learning environments, PreK-3rd grade.
  • Dedicate space and resources for families to meet with teachers and to access culturally inclusive resources that support their children’s learning.
  • Ensure that cultural and linguistic responsiveness is a priority for all school and program staff.


  • Demonstrate understanding of how to create and maintain cultural and linguistic responsiveness in their classrooms.
  • Increase availability and use of a rich variety of objects and materials (e.g., books, math materials, technology, manipulatives) that reflect diverse language, cultures, and home communities.


* Kauerz, K. & Coffman, J. (2013). Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches. Seattle, WA: College of Education, University of Washington.