Social Justice

RACE, CULTURE & BIAS IN EDUCATION:  Culturally Proficient Teaching

Course No. ED444K, ED544K

Take a personal journey toward improving your cultural competence.  This class will enable you to better understand the concept of White Privilege and its impact on education.  You will also explore current issues of race and culture in American schools by selecting and reading a book from the bibliography.  Possibilities include books like How to Teach Students who Don’t Look Like You, Courageous Conversations About Race, and Every Day Anti-Racism

Coursework will offer teachers a better understanding of White Privilege, reveal common misconceptions about cultures, and explain ways for teachers to connect to students of diverse cultural backgrounds.  Classroom application will involve a personal examination of how race and culture are impacting your school and classroom environment.



We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Use terminology such as cultural competence, cultural proficiency, and culturally relevant teaching and be able to describe why these skills are necessary in today’s classrooms.
  2. Explain how students’ and teachers’ cultural backgrounds affect teaching and learning.
  3. Identify how students develop ideas about race and culture because of their family upbringing.
  4. Describe how White Privilege in America has shaped interactions between cultures and influenced our educational system.
  5. Detect possible cultural or racial bias within themselves and/or within their school/district organization.
  6. Design instructional strategies and learning environments where individual cultural differences are respected and valued.

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