Be on My SIDE: Educating for Social Justice, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Challenge Yourself to Discover How to Make Your Classroom a Fair and Positive Environment for All

Be on My SIDE: Educating for Social Justice, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity will address the role of educators as allies, advocates and catalysts for positive change.  Educators will examine their personal biases, reflect upon the research, listen to and understand perspectives and strategies of experts in the field, and develop an action plan to address challenges related to race, ability, mental health, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and other issues pertaining to social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity in education.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to PK-12 teachers and administrators interested in examining and resolving scenarios related to social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity; who want to infuse strategies and resources into their existing curriculum; and who want to create a sustainable action plan for navigating the challenges of meeting the diverse needs of students.

Course Materials: Text, Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education by Paul Gorski and Seema Pothini available at or your local bookstore

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EDU-X741P – 005 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Be on My SIDE: Educating for Social Justice, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
CJ Moloney

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What You Will Learn

  • Gain a deeper understanding of issues related to social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity (SIDE) in education
  • Identify and address how social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity pertains to you personally and to the colleagues and students with whom you interact
  • Learn strategies that encourage social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity in education, through research, reflection and ethical conversations within the course
  • Enhance skills in developing a culture which promotes social justice, diversity and equity in education
  • Broaden knowledge of existing educational programs
  • Develop and share a presentation of a sustainable action plan for creating a culture of social justice, inclusion, diversity and equity in your educational environment


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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. 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:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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The course instructor was knowledgeable and provided constructive, helpful feedback. The course materials were relevant and up to date. I was able to take what I learned and implement it into my classroom.