Teaching Through A Culturally Diverse Lens

Everything you need to know to create a culturally sustaining learning environment.

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"How do I connect with and engage my students of color?"

It’s these questions that often keep teachers up at night: “Why is it so hard to develop a relationship with my Black and Brown students? What am I doing wrong? My students don’t seem interested in what I am teaching, how do I change this? What practical strategies are out there to engage students of color?”

As our classroom demographics continue to shift into a more diverse population of students from various cultural backgrounds, more educators are finding themselves seeking answers to how they can create a more inclusive and socially just learning environment.

This is a 6 week online course created to help you become a better teacher to ethnically and linguistically diverse students. Be part of the first cohort of students by enrolling in the summer launch from July 14-August 18 before my official launch in October. I’m offering the July-August course at a reduced rate of $49.

In return, I ask that you help improve the course by providing your honest feedback. However, space is limited. 

Learning Outcomes

Self-Identity

Self-identify implicit bias within your current teaching practices and how those biases impact student learning

Cultural Awareness

Develop consciousness, knowledge, and skills in creating curriculum and instruction that engages students from diverse backgrounds

Advocacy Development

List strategies to advocate and address issues of equity and social justice within and outside the classroom

Course Outline

Week 1: Implicit Bias

In this module, you will identify your own implicit bias. We all have biases, understanding those biases and developing ways to overcome them is a step towards looking through a culturally diverse lens.

Week 2: Why Culture Matters

You will explore your own culture and why culture matters. We begin by considering how current “traditional” forms of teaching suppresses the identities of students from various race/ethnicities, ability levels, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexual identities. 

Week 3: Achieving Cultural Competence

In this module, you will address how to have empathy and not sympathy towards students from different backgrounds. You will also explore the impact of microaggressions, Whiteness, Othering, power and privilege. 

Week 4: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

In this module, you will take a deeper dive into the art of culturally responsive teaching. You will learn about asset-based teaching such as Hip Hop and Spoken Word Pedagogy, Indigenous Learning Circles, Bi-lingual Education, classroom discussion strategies, and co-teaching. 

Week 5: Moving from Deficit to Asset Approaches

This module extends your knowledge of teaching/classroom management strategies to support students from various ability levels. You will also learn about student advocacy, Social Emotional Learning, and behavior management. 

Week 6: Leading Equity

You will learn ways to address inequities at the school/district level. Finally, you will leave encouraged to continue to be an equity advocate for social justice at your school.

I want to help

If you are lost in finding which teaching strategies can help connect and capture a culturally diverse classroom, then this course is for you.

Professional Development Credits

Looking for Continuing Education Credits? In addition to receiving a Certificate of Completion from the Leading Equity Center, you can earn TWO Professional Development Credits through Boise State University. Upon completion of the course, request a FREE transcript from Boise State University.

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Course Tuition

Join a community of other educational advocates on a journey to transform your approach to teaching through a culturally diverse lens.

$49

Special Introductory Price

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Picture This...

Imagine a classroom in which students are inspired to learn because the curriculum and instruction is relevant to their languages, literacies, and cultural practices. A classroom in which students can freely discuss social justice issues that affect them and their communities. I want to help you place the focus back on student learning through a culturally diverse lens.

If you have a desire to become a more culturally aware teacher but not sure where to start, this online course is for you!

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Meet Your Instructor

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Director of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. 

Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education. 

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