Creating a Culturally-Conscious Classroom Environment

3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Create an Open-Minded and Supportive Classroom Where Cultural Differences are Celebrated

Creating a Culturally-Conscious Classroom Environment is designed to provide TK-12 educators with resources and tools to create learning environments conducive to culturally-responsive learning and teaching with the purpose of improving student achievement by minimizing bad behavior. The course aims to support educators in enhancing class culture, academic discourse, and peer relationships by increasing cultural sensitivity and awareness. To support educators, the course will help guide educators in building classrooms with the focus on improving educational equity. The first part of the course will focus on defining educational equity and self-reflection; educators will explore their own identity markers and implicit biases how they impact their own pedagogy and learning environment. The second part of the course will focus on defining what it means to be culturally responsive and exploring and understanding your own student needs in order to create a culturally-conscious classroom.

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Course Details

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

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for TK-12 educators with a diverse student population or with the need to expand student thinking through an equitable and culturally-responsive lens who would benefit from the course by learning how to address gaps in cultural understanding and creating an environment for students to learn from one another.

Course Format: Online Self-Paced*, to be completed within the set dates:

  • Enrollment is available now through April 17, 2023
  • Course opens on March 20, 2023 and completed assignments are due no later than May 21, 2023

*Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and final project. Grades are based on assignments and completed projects. You have up until May 21, 2023 to complete and submit your course assignments. Please pace yourself to allow enough time for instructors to respond to your submissions. Course completion date will reflect May 21, 2023 on transcript for all participants that successfully meet the completed course work due date deadline.

Instructors: Various experienced and qualified K-12 educators. See individual course sections.

Technical Requirements

We highly recommend that you view the entire course upon enrollment (beginning March 18, when it becomes available for student view), including instructor announcement regarding their grading schedule to help you successfully pace yourself.

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What You Will Learn

  • Define educational equity and success in terms of student achievement
  • Reflect on your own identity markers and implicit biases in order to better understand how they impact your own pedagogy and learning environment
  • Reflect on current practices through an equity-focused lens with the aim of improving educational equity and success for all students
  • Build a learning partnership with students and the community to ensure student agency and voice is present in the learning environment
  • Design a culturally-conscious classroom environment that uplifts and gives voice to the diversity within the class and community

Instructors

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.

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Online Self-Paced

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:

  • 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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