Creating Diversity: Culturally Responsive Approaches through the Visual Arts

2 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

Creating Diversity is a course in which participants will have the opportunity make classroom connections between culturally responsive teaching methods and diverse artists from a variety of backgrounds. Focus will be paid to drawing on student’s cultures, bringing real world issues into the classroom, and reflecting on one’s own cultural lens. Students will read articles & explore presentations (artist & museum websites, news & journal articles, and interviews/videos) about contemporary artists. Students will also learn introductory art making techniques that can be adapted to suit the needs of different grade levels, subjects, and abilities.

Each week students will write a lesson plan based on the week’s content & finish an art exploration assignment.

The final culminating assignment will be the creation and preparation of a full lesson/unit plan (with all accompanying resources, assessments, etc.) that demonstrated an understanding of course content. Students will also make an artwork which demonstrates understanding of technique(s) covered during the course. The artwork may or may not relate to the lesson plan. The lesson plan and artwork should be related to the teacher’s content/subject/grade level of teaching.

Class will meet for 2 hours each week, with 1.5 hours outside class time for asynchronous learning activities.

Course Details

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

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for DoDEA participants.

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What You Will Learn

  • Explore Culturally Responsive Teaching methods and practice through journal articles
  • Reflect on personal teaching practices & philosophies by journaling
  • Identify, explore, and discover culturally diverse artists working in a variety of media
  • Construct weekly lesson plans demonstrating connections to course content
  • Explore art making techniques by creating a series of exploratory artworks
  • Create a unique & personal artwork related to an artist or lesson plan covered in the course
  • Compose a culminating lesson /unit applying & connecting course content to students teaching area


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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