Teaching Through A Culturally Diverse Lens

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


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. 

Learning Outcomes


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

The “E” Word (EQUITY), is a weary topic in many of our schools today. Districts are struggling to provide more than just a “catchy slogan” to support their Equity work. But, Dr. Sheldon Eakins meets this daunting need with knowledge and wisdom for all who are courageous and caring enough to lean into the conversation. Teaching through a Culturally Diverse Lens, has provided me a safe and flexible learning environment, to discuss issues that negatively impact many of my marginalized student populations. Through this course, I was challenged in the following understandings:

  • What it means for all students to learn, and how to have high expectations for all students
  • How to deepen my thinking about the inherent dignity of all students and to demonstrate respect
  • How to be a more flexible and responsive advocate for students and families
  • What is means to believe in myself and the power I have to make a difference in the lives of learners
  • How to be a continuous learner, who keeps abreast of equitable discourse and resources with other professionals

Ronett D. Jacobs, Educator

What People are Saying


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.

Teaching Through A Culturally Diverse Lens Community

Enrolling in the course grants you access to the private Teaching Through A Culturally Diverse Lens community. You get to participate in a forum where you can ask questions and get support.

Have a burning question that has been on your mind or want to share an amazing story to motivate other educators?

You and the rest of your cohort can participate in forum discussions related to addressing equity 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.

"Dr. Eakins’ drew upon his own lived experience, education, and expertise and presented information from other experts in equity as well. The program was well structured, inclusive, and provided much-needed information. I feel confident taking on the responsibility of co-leading my school’s equity team knowing that I can reach out to Dr. Eakins and the rest of my cohort through the Voxer group. We formed relationships that will live on well beyond the length of this course."

Kathy Ramsey
Special Education Teacher

"This course will cause you to "feel" in a variety of ways...You will learn how to discover your own biases, how to tame them, and how to respond to inequitable situations. The course is user friendly and adaptable to the learners who take it. Go ahead, sign up. It's worth it!"

Dr. Mechele Newell

"Dr. Eakins' course encouraged cohort members to discuss the why behind inequities and offered participants opportunities to connect in restorative ways."

Erica Buchanan-Rivera, Ph.D.
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

"Any educator who works in a culturally diverse school -- or wants to prepare students for a culturally diverse world -- can gain SO MUCH from this course. In "Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens," educators take a critical eye to their own assumptions. They get actionable advice on improving their practice. Plus, Dr. Sheldon Eakins creates safe spaces for brave conversations about race, equity and diversity. If you're ready to be changed and make a change, this course is for you."

Matt Miller
educator, speaker, author of Ditch That Textbook

Course Tuition

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



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!


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, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education. 


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Registration is now closed and will reopen in October. Signup to be notified when the next enrollment  becomes available.