Course Description

Credit Validation for Clerisy Only

Diversity, equity, and inclusion create an environment were all students feel welcomed, are given an opportunity to succeed. “Diversity is being invited to the dance. Inclusion is being asked to dance. Equity is allowing you to choose the music".

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for educators enrolled with Clerisy.



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What You Will Learn

  • Learn the first steps on the journey to being culturally and linguistically responsive
  • Understand the purpose of CLR
  • Understand why students of Color are the greatest beneficiaries of CLR instruction
  • Determine what qualifies as diverse literature
  • Use diverse literature in the literacy block and support students of color to increase reading achievement
  • Review considerations for ELL lesson planning
  • Obtain strategies for successful ELL support
  • Practice lesson design for ELL instruction
  • Explain and identify the educational theory of Mirror and Windows
  • Analyze their current practices and identify areas in need of improvement
  • Create ways to add mirrors and windows into their teaching pedagogy and curriculum
  • Identify their own key phrases and common vernacular to analyze their impact on students
  • Learn new phrases or vocabulary designed for inclusivity and culture building
  • Be reminded of 21st century standards and the impact of language on students’ future career choices
  • Identify how/when to appropriately integrate current language in curriculum
  • Understand the impact of using cultural slang in their role as an authoritarian in a school setting
  • Reflect on their responsibility in modeling code-switching to students in various settings
  • Explore reach on the profound effects that word choice has on our students in the classroom
  • Analyze the impact our personal language choices have on students with disabilities, of color, of trauma, and student identity
  • Create a vocabulary bank that consisting of words and phrases to utilize in their classroom that will help all students feel equitable
  • Evaluate and provide evidence of practice in cultural competence


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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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