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This course was developed to be completed as part of the Culturally Responsive Practices Program. Learn more about the program purpose, content, and structure.

This course will introduce educators to the role that culturally responsive practices play in promoting student academic achievement. To promote academic achievement, educators will consider ways to draw on students’ cultures and experiences, incorporate family and community into the education process, and align course content to standards. This course focuses on science, mathematics, and English language learners, but the underlying principles are useful across content areas. This is the last of three courses in the Culturally Responsive Practices Program.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of acquiring student prior knowledge
  • Recognize the importance of engaging families and communities as a part of an educator’s culturally responsive practices
  • Recognize the value of family assets to better involve them in the classroom
  • Examine the curriculum and supporting materials to identify opportunities to integrate student culture in the school and classroom
  • Describe the alignment of culturally responsive teaching and national mathematics standards and apply the alignment to a mathematics class
  • Describe the alignment of culturally responsive teaching and science academic achievement (specifically three concepts: funds of science knowledge, naïve ideas, and inquiry) and apply the alignment to a science class
  • Describe the alignment of culturally responsive teaching and English Language Proficiency Standards and apply the alignment within the school and classroom

You can earn credit and contact hours for modules, webinars, and podcasts completed on the OLAC site.

For more information, visit the Credit Corner.