Teaching...What's Culture Got To Do With It? (4.22-6.26.20)


:  April 22 - June 26, 2020
Course #:  EDMA 288:609

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is much more than knowing all the world holidays, hosting a school culture day, or celebrating Black History Month. CRT is a brain- and research-based pedagogy shown to reduce, and in many cases even eliminate, the underlying causes of the achievement gap that disproportionately affects our culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Teaching…What’s culture got to do with it?
 will show you how to effectively reach and teach culturally and linguistically diverse students through teacher and educational reformist Zaretta Hammond’s research-based Ready for Rigor Framework (RFRF).  This 3-credit hour course will help you: develop real cultural awareness; build culturally responsive alliances and learning partnerships with students; understand the neurosciences behind how culturally and linguistically diverse students learn best; know and use culturally responsive activities and teaching strategies; and establish a culturally and ethos friendly classroom. Becoming a culturally responsive teacher will give you the tools you need to engage your culturally and linguistically diverse students, develop their intellective capacities, turn them into independent learners and put them on the road to academic and lifelong success.

This course is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course regularly and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead, there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants' busy schedules.


Required Text:

Hammond, Z. (2015).
Culturally responsive teaching & the brain: Promoting authentic  engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

It can be purchased at local bookstores or ordered online. Due to page and publication differences between the hard and electronic copies, the Kindle edition is NOT recommended.

This class is available for License Renewal, Graduate, Paraeducator or Audit credit.


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