Building Classroom Community for Student Success

Course Available
3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Cultivate Community, Create Powerful Connections and Academic Success

This course will highlight the importance of creating a community within the classroom. Teachers and students collaborate to create a social contract that will form a classroom community that will foster growth and well-being. In a classroom with a strong sense of community, research has shown that students exhibit academic, social, and emotional growth.  Implementing a classroom community in a student's educational career has shown to be successful in a range of K-12 classrooms, including: under-performing, high ELL population and low socio-economic.

This course can be taken individually or as part of either the Professional Teachers Program Series or the Beginning Teachers Series.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators who want to create a classroom community to aide in student success.  Anytime is the time to start creating this learning environment.

  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Curriculum Coordinators
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Response to Intervention Teams
  • Newcomer Teachers
  • School Administrative Teams

Technical Requirements

Choose Your Instructor – Enroll in the Corresponding Section

Instructor NameSection Number
Craig Yokoi001
Tim Brown002
Victoria Montes003
Jennifer Krauss004
Scott Cody005

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X763T – 006 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489

Building Classroom Community for Student Success

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

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand different methods of creating a Classroom Community
  • Recognize the advantages of building a Classroom Community
  • Analyze the ways in which parent/family outreach can be beneficial in a Community Classroom
  • Design an implementation map to incorporate a Classroom Community in your learning 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. 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:

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  • 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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