Course Description

In order to teach all students successfully, teachers must gain knowledge of strategies for how to best work with under-served students of various cultures. Together in this class we will analyze what mindsets need to be shifted and how to do that in a way that promotes validation and affirmation.  We will be working from the required text, “Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning".  Through studying this book and online research, you gain confidence in offering instructional practices that meet the needs of all your students.  Grades K-12.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will learn:

  • Which of their students are likely to be under-served
  • How to reach these students while promoting validation and affirmation. 
  • Responsive classroom management
  • Literacy
  • Vocabulary and academic language instruction
  • How to create a responsive learning environment.  


Bachelor's Degree or Instructor Permission


I have really enjoyed taking this class and have learned a lot. As I said in the beginning, I feel like I do a pretty good job of getting to know students and bringing out the best in them, but I know that I can do better, especially in terms of my actual instruction. In that regard, my goals have definitely been met through this class. I have learned some new ways to infuse culturally responsive instruction into my class, which are really just great teaching tools. I am especially excited about having the book to reference and use when designing instruction. I learned a lot about ways to communicate with kids, how to have group and partner work, and how to teach vocabulary in a better way. Another thing I learned was the science behind language and where the differences come from, as well as why it is important to really validate the home language and emphasize that school language is different than home language, as well as ways to bridge the gap between the two.

In terms of supporting group and partner work, this class and book gave me great strategies for teaching students to work together and to effectively manage a large group setting in a way that really engages students. Really, these are strategies to make learning fun and also to build on the ways in which the brain learns better. One thing I really appreciated about this course and book was that it didn't just discuss the larger idea, but gave very specific ways in which to implement them. That is something that has always frustrated me in education, and I think it's great to have actual tips and techniques presented in a way that makes them easier to duplicate. With the school year coming up, I'm excited to take some of these things and infuse them into what I already do to make it better, especially for my instruction. I want to tweak some things in order to engage my students even more and to help things stick for them better.

I really appreciate the chance to learn and discuss these topics with you over the last several weeks. I really feel that these things are not just culturally responsive, but just plain old good teaching tactics that help all students become engaged. I will most definitely be sharing what I've learned with my colleagues and look forward to using them for the upcoming school year.

---Summer 2017 Student

I really enjoyed reading Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning. The assignments and reflections have been great. They have helped me to realize that I actually already do quite a bit of multicultural responsive teaching, but that there are so many other new strategies that I can try. I’m going to keep this book handy for ideas next year.

This class has helped me to strengthen my resolve to teach with sensitivity for all the varied ethnic groups in my classroom. From the read alouds I choose to the way we organize our vocabulary words – there has been a lot of information to learn from this Sharroky Hollie. In the past, I have sometimes felt that the way I teach may be out of sink with what is expected – especially given the pacing that is expected. But after reading this, and reflecting on multicultural responsive teaching, I feel I can stick to my guns, so to speak, and continue teaching the way my heart and training has led me. This book has been reassuring and affirming for me.

The best way to reach our children is for them to believe that we believe in them.

---Summer 2016 Student

The next step I am excited about is sharing these wonderful ideas with my colleagues. I have had the opportunity to share some of the ideas in a brief meeting I had with several of teacher staff where we discussed providing more culturally relevant literature for research and discussion. Plus I cannot wait to get started this coming school to put some of my ideas into practice and to see how the students react and teach me as well!

---Summer 2015 Student

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Section Title
Culturally Responsive Teaching
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, by Hollie, Sharroky, Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education, 2015 (2nd Edition)

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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