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Culturally Responsive Education In The Classroom

Culturally Responsive Education In The Classroom

Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom is an outstanding book that shows educators how to connect

the concept of equity into the context of pedagogy in K-12 classrooms. This book provides educators with a framework for understanding what equitable learning experiencers look like for children in our schools. The author shares six themes of culturally responsive education and helps teachers incorporate equity into behaviors, environments and meaningful learning opportunities. Closing equity gaps in student achievement is at the core of this book.


Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits* offered through Seattle Pacific University or 30 Clock Hours offered.

WA State educators have the option of earning 30 clock hours offered through ESD 112.

Texas Education Agency Approved CPE provider.

Required Reading: Culturally Responsive Education In The Classroom, by Adeyemi Stembridge

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1)Purchase and read Culturally Responsive Education in the Classroom, by Adeyemi Stembridge.
 You can find this book at amazon.com or your favorite bookstore.

2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout. The handout is provided to you after registration is completed.

3) Write a unit plan that includes the following components:

  • The unit can be taught in your educational setting with your students.
  • The plan must address the five questions that support a planning process that is likely to yield learning experiences that are engaging, rigorous, and culturally responsive.

Question One: What do I want students to understand?

Question Two: What do I want students to feel?

Question Three: What are the targets for rigor?

Question Four: What are the indicators of engagement?

Question Five: What are the opportunities to be responsive?

  • Write detailed answers to the five questions so I know how the questions will be incorporated into the unit.

The paper will be 2-3 pages in length.

All 3 assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to your Dashboard on the website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org.

*SPU graduate credits coming soon! A link to register for credits will be provided on this page as soon as approval has been received.

SPU NOTE: Please be sure to register prior to completing any coursework. Registering for a course after coursework has been started violates accreditation standards and puts the University at risk; therefore, SPU reserves the right to not award credit if students are found to be in violation of this policy.

1) All (3) assignments must be completed within (1) year. Upload your documents to your Teacher Study Dashboard or Email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org .

2) The rubric for the Book Study Handout is broken down into (4) goal areas.

The first goal area pertains to questions #1-13 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The second goal area pertains to questions #14-31 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The third goal area pertains to questions #32-39 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The fourth goal area pertains to questions #40-51 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 20 (16 points for the answers to the questions on the handout and 4 points for the reflection paper).

3) The rubric for Grading for Equity Reflection Paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”.

“A” grade = 20 points

“B” grade = 18-19 points

“C” grade = 16-17 points

“D” grade = 14-15 points

“F” grade = 13 points or less

An incomplete grade will be given if all (3) assignments are not completed within (1) year.

Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $180 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU first to earn graduate credit. 

Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. (Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school districts equivalent language for clock hours earned.)

A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.

Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112.  Educator is responsible for the $3 per clock hour fee. ESD clock hour claim code will be forwarded to you once the course is complete.

Online book studies that have not been accessed are refundable within 5 days of purchase date. No refund will be issued on any assignment that has been accessed, viewed, or partially completed. Online training courses may not be transferred to another student.

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