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Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain

Do you struggle to meet the academic and social needs of all students in your classroom? 

Would you like to increase engagement and rigor with culturally and linguistically diverse students? Research shows that we are all wired for expansive learning, high intellectual performances and self-determination. If this is true, then what is needed to activate that wiring for optimal connectivity for students of color? In short, culturally responsive teaching! Educators who understand culturally responsive teaching have more success with culturally and linguistically diverse students in their classrooms. 

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.

Book: Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students . Written by Zaretta Hammond

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Welcome to the Book Study Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain. We're excited that you have chosen to continue your education with Teacher Study. Please follow the steps below to start and complete this course.

1. Purchase and read "Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students" by Zaretta Hammond from your favorite bookstore or online resource, and read it in its entirety.

2. Download the Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Handout and the Original Coursework Submission Authentication form.

3. Once you have completed the Handout and signed the Original Coursework Submission Authentication form, please click on the ASSIGNMENTS tab and upload both files to their individual tasks.

4. Upon the completion of the required reading and filling out the course handout, take a look at the "My Points of Connection" worksheet found on page 81 of the book. Identify which trust generators you believe will create a sense of connection with your students. Then, come up with 3 experiences or stores of your own based on those 3 trust generators. Share those stories with your students. 

5. Write a 1-2 page paper reflecting on which trust generators you chose, what stories you told and the impact those stories had on building rapport and a sense of connection with your students.

6. Once the paper has been written, please click on the ASSIGNMENTS tab and upload your paper for review under Classroom Experience & Paper.

All assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to the website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org or fax to 360-448-7031.

Handout: The rubric for the Book Study Hand-Out is broken down into 3 goal areas.


First Goal: Pertains to questions #1-30 on the Hand-Out. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus.

Second Goal: Pertains to questions #31-45. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus.

Third Goal: Pertains to questions #46-53. You will need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” according to the rubric on the Course Syllabus.

Paper: The rubric for Culturally Responsive ... paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”. The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 20 (16 points for the answers to the questions on the Hand-Out and 4 points for the Reflection Paper). 

Grading is as follows: 

“A” grade – 18-20 points"

“B” grade – 16-17points 

 “C” grade – 14-15 points 

 “D” grade – 13-14 points 

 “F” grade – 12 points or less Incomplete - 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 $150 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.  $3 per clock hour. ESD Registration Form will be forwarded to you once the course is complete.

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