Culture for Educators

A multi-ethnic group of elementary school children in a classroom.

— Offered by the College of Education and Health Professions —

Earn professional development hours through the Culture and Language in Schools series offered by the College of Education and Health Professions. A National Professional Development grant through the Office of English Acquisition at the U. S. Department of Education will cover the majority of the cost of the three 6-hour modules designed to educate school administrators, teachers and staff on the impact of multiculturalism in the school environment, learning and interpersonal communication. Those who do not meet the qualifications for grant funding can pay $60 for each class module.

 

These modules contain self-paced activities for professional development hours. Just as you do not receive individual feedback from the presenter on activities you participate in for face to face PD, you will not be given feedback on these modules, unless your submissions do not meet proficiency requirements. Discussion board activities allow you to learn from other teachers in the module. Rubrics are provided to help you self-assess your work. At the end of the month, your work will be assessed by an instructor. Feedback will be given at that time if needed. You will receive a certificate of completion from Global Campus after your work has been assessed if you complete the module at a proficient level.

$60 per module

*$12 per module for qualified educators through a U.S. Department of Education grant.


Online / Instructor Led  (all modules)


Registration Periods

Each month, participants have from the 1st through the 15th to register for courses.

Participants will have until the last day of the month in which they registered to complete the course(s).

Courses are not offered in December.


Recommended Book (not included)

Expand Your Borders: Discover Ten Cultural Clusters
by David Livermore
ISBN-10: 0989781704
ISBN-13: 9780989781701
The book will be used for all three classes.

Refund Policy

 

*To qualify for grant funding, you must:

  • Have been in a professional educator role in Arkansas in the academic year 2017-2018
  • Plan to be in a professional educator role in Arkansas in the academic year 2018-2019
  • Register online and supply information about your employer, school, class, etc.

If you do not meet these qualifications and are interested in this course, please contact Cynthia Hrdlichka at chrdlich@uark.edu or 479-464-5024 for registration and payment information.



Foundations of Culture

This module provides techniques to identify diverse cultures and cultural practices in school populations, assess the impacts of culture on learning and communication between school and home, and provide a school environment that is welcoming to different cultures. You will explore stereotypes, biases and conflict styles in different cultures, and their effects on learning.

  • Understand and apply knowledge about cultural values and beliefs in the context of teaching and learning.
  • Apply knowledge about the effects of racism, stereotyping and discrimination to teaching and learning.
  • Discuss how current cultural conflicts and home events can impact ELL's learning.

Registration Period

Course not offered in December




Cross Cultural Competency

This module focuses on building an awareness of the effects that their students' cultures, existing stereotypes, discrimination, and classroom environment have on their ELL students.

  • Demonstrate cross-cultural competency by identifying specific aspects of different cultures and how they impact academic progress.
  • List different stereotypes that exist in your school community and how they impact ELLs.
  • List attributes of an effective classroom/school environment and assess the effectiveness of existing classroom environments in your school.

Registration Period

Course not offered in December




Effective Multicultural School & Classroom Environments

This module explores how to bridge home and school cultural norms for English Learners. You will learn how to apply acquired knowledge about these differing norms, as well as achieve a deeper understanding of how the interrelationship between language and culture can be used to enhance home/school communication.

  • Learn how to create a school and classroom environment that is welcoming to students from different cultures.
  • Learn cultural differences between home and school and reflect on how to deal with these in a manner that honors the English Learner's school and home cultural needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply knowledge about family engagement for multicultural parents and families to enhance English Learner's academic achievement.

Registration Period

Course not offered in December




INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Janet Penner-Williams
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Kimberlyn Gibson
Project CONNECT Director

Shelly McKeever
Project SOAR Director

Trish Lopez
Project CONNECT Research Associate

Sarah Frederickson
Project SOAR Research Associate