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 student, family, and community cultures play in the education process. Educators will reflect on their own culture and the culture of their students and will consider ways to incorporate culture into their classroom. This is the first of three courses in the Culturally Responsive Practices Program.

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

  • Define what it means to be a culturally responsive educator (also referred to as “culturally competent teacher” in the videos)
  • Explain the components of cultural responsiveness: educator knows and understands themselves; educator knows and understands each student; educator knows and understands essential aspects of the community that surrounds the school
  • Discover how educators use knowledge of self, knowledge of students, and knowledge of community as a bridge to help each student learn and achieve at high levels
  • Discover how culturally responsive practices supports excellent teaching and leading practices

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

For more information, visit the Credit Corner. If you’re seeking credit for the Gifted Education Professional Development Course or the Culturally Responsive Practices Program courses, you can find that information on the course overview pages.