Teaching for Joy and Equity in the K-12 Classroom

Course Available
3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Bring Equitable Practices and Joy to Your Classroom

This course is intended for K-12 educators who want to foster both joy and equity in their teaching context. Educators will engage with current media on equity and anti-racism while gaining new resources with direct application to the teaching practice. Educators will also examine ways to humanize the learning environment where students and the teacher are in a learning partnership. Working closely with your instructor, educators will self assess and interrogate text by major leaders in the field of anti-racism in order to plan for a classroom culture that honors student identity. For the final project, participants will develop an action plan to support equitable and anti-racist teaching practices. This course will provide educators with many learning opportunities so they can take anti-racist action in their sphere of control.

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 interested in creating an equitable and joyful learning environment in their classroom.

Course Materials:  None

Technical Requirements

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X714S – 010 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Teaching for Joy and Equity in the K-12 Classroom

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled

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Valid May 1, 2024 – May 31, 2024

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Online Self-Paced
Lauren Wilensky

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

  • Define both equity and anti-racism
  • Research and reflect on equity and anti-racism in your own school communities
  • Establish your own practice of reflection and routines that promote joy in yourself and others
  • Apply equitable approaches to your school community
  • Examine and reflect on prominent work from equity and anti-racism education leaders and incorporate into practice
  • Implement/apply the joy and equity framework to your core values, goals and equity mindset


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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. 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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This was an extremely enjoyable class and an important topic for this time in our history!