Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link


Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading - #SPC22006

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Participants in this course will examine methodologies to facilitate the development of a culturally relevant classroom centered around research of Gloria Ladson-Billings, Geneva Gay, Django Paris, and H. Samy Alim, among others. Participants will reflect on their own teaching practices and explore strategies and frameworks that incorporate a student’s and school community’s cultural heritage and experiences; fostering a much more wholistic educational experience for all children. The foundations of culturally responsive teaching will be researched. Strategies for helping students, teachers, and parents understand what culturally relevant teaching is and how it is effectively implemented will be explored. Participants will learn how to create a culturally welcoming classroom, development and implement strategies for fostering relationships between different cultures in one’s classroom, and how to help students understand differences between cultures in a respectful manner. Additional topics include culturally responsive classroom management and discipline, including students with special needs in the culturally responsive classroom, and connecting parents/home to the culturally relevant classroom.

Global Goals of the Course

The following global goals of the course exist to deepen and/or apply the content and skills of teachers’ existing professional knowledge:

  1. To examine current research in the area of best practice in the culturally relevant classroom frameworks (NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for effective culturally relevant teaching strategies to engage all learners in today’s classroom, both in traditional or virtual classrooms (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current culturally relevant classroom instructional practices in order to create engaged practices to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications of culturally relevant frameworks for students with special needs (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To explore research-proven frameworks and lesson planning that foster culturally responsive classroom experiences (NBTS 1,2,3,4)
  6. To collaborate and lead other educational professionals to improve student learning through the use of culturally relevant teaching models (NBPTS 5)


By Breanne Cochand
Reviewed 1 year ago
Mary Wolf is a fantastic instructor! Her courses covered topics that impact my students and my classroom right now. The tools & resources I took away from the class will help me as a teacher today and for years to come.

By Laura Ruzas
Reviewed 1 week ago
I love Mary Wolf, and I love the wide range of classes on The Connecting Link! I will take as many courses as my district allows because I am learning so much.

By Anne Novak
Reviewed 1 year ago
No matter the topic, the professor always connects it to all grade levels!

By Patricia Wilhelm
Reviewed 1 year ago
The instructor, Steve Novak was great. The course had valuable information for today's classroom and world.

By Monica Mitchell
Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary Wolf was great! She was compassionate and understanding. She was helpful and passionate about the topic.

By Joseph Ryan
Reviewed 6 months ago
Great instructor! Quick and immediate feedback!

By Ashley Stange
Reviewed 9 months ago
Steve facilitates beneficial and engaging conversations. His choice of materials is thorough.

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