Leveraging Culturally Responsive Engagement Strategies

(Grades 6-12) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 152T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC42574

Course Description

Have you been searching for strategies that are specifically designed to help your diverse students become more motivated and engaged in the classroom, and ultimately in the learning process itself? Do you seek to make your classroom atmosphere more positive, nurturing, and inclusive, making students feel safe and confident in taking risks while sharing their cultural experiences? Much more than simply a strategy for effective teaching, culturally responsive teaching (CRT) is a mindset and holistic approach to educating students that has both academic and social-emotional benefits for all students, including increased motivation and engagement. This online course is designed for middle and high school educators who are looking to explore a variety of evidence-based strategies that are rooted in the principles of CRT as a way to boost student engagement. Teachers will gain strategies that help foster engagement with a student-centered approach, growth mindset, and allyship. Teachers will understand how trauma impacts engagement and how to overcome this obstacle. Teachers will also learn how to shift their classroom management style by embracing culturally responsive best practices as they build positive relationships with their students. Time will be spent sharing how to create well-designed, engaging lessons and activities that serve to not only engage students more thoroughly in the learning process, but also reduce misbehaviors by keeping students motivated and focused on their learning, especially when the activities are responsive to students’ cultural needs. Teachers will also learn how to make grading practices more equitable. By the end of this course, middle and high school teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to embed best CRT principles into their own teaching practices so that all their students are more motivated and engaged in the classroom and in life. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$120 with the 20% discount tier

Course with Credit from UCSD

$304 with the 20% discount tier

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC42574
Unit One
  • An Overview of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • History of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • The Themes of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Evaluating Your Lens through Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Collectivist vs. Individualistic Cultures
  • The Impact of Trauma on Student Engagement
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • The Impact of Neurobiology on Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Growing Students’ Schema for Greater Engagement
  • Embracing Culturally Responsive Best Practices through Growth Mindset and Allyship
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • The Engagement Equation
  • Fostering Engagement with a Student-Centered Approach
  • Best Practices to Nurture CRT Principles and Boost Student Engagement
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Shifting Your Classroom Management Style
  • Relationship Building through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management
  • Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategies
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • The History of Grading in the United States
  • Current Grading Practices
  • Making Grading Practices More Equitable
  • Assignment #4: Design an activity and grading plan inspired by culturally responsive teaching
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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