The Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in the Classroom Series courses promote positive change and personal growth for K-12 educators that want to learn how to celebrate diversity, and also strategize how to promote inclusivity, equity and anti-racism in the classroom. These courses provide educators with skills and strategies on how to create a culturally inclusive classroom, while teaching students to value inclusion and promote cultural respect and tolerance within their daily lives.
Recognizing and celebrating diversity in the classroom can pose a challenge to educators, but it also creates a wonderful opportunity to teach students about equity and inclusivity. To implement a curriculum that focuses on all of these concepts, and overcome the challenges associated with these lessons, schools should focus on creating professional groups/communities that work together to make their school better.
One of the best ways to constructively contribute to these initiatives is by re-educating oneself about proper teaching diversity strategies. Taking any one of the courses offered in this series would give you as an educator valuable resources and knowledge to help improve inclusivity and equity within the school community.
This 3-Unit online professional development course for educators focuses on how to create a culturally-responsive classroom to celebrate cultural differences, in turn to create equity and increase student success and well-being.
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This is a 2-unit online course for K-12 educators to address their role as allies, advocates and catalysts for positive change in the classroom to promote social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity
This is a flexible and convenient online self-paced course that provides professional growth for educators, available for three units and focuses on designing curriculum to enhance student learning.
Culturally Relevant and Responsive Teaching is an 2-unit online professional growth course that promotes multicultural education to benefit all students
This is an online 3-unit course for educators that focuses on restorative practices, an alternative to traditional discipline and classroom management to cultivate a better classroom management, create positive peer mediation practices and to build community.
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Case Studies and Social Justice Education by Paul Gorski and Seema Pothini
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Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets by Bree Picower
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Anneliese Singh
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love
Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.
How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:
Independent Study Self-Paced: Independent study courses offer you flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster or slower than you would a traditional live course. In this online format, you may register at any time and you will have a set time period (typically 9 months) from the time of registration to complete your course. This convenient format is often helpful for:
Participants in the Teaching Diversity in the Classroom course series will be able to:
All educators, including teachers, counselors, administrators and others wanting to promote positive change within their lives (and their students) to promote equity, inclusivity and diversity.
Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.
Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.
This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.
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