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 courses 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 course.

 

These courses 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 courses, unless your submissions do not meet proficiency requirements. Discussion board activities allow you to learn from other teachers in the course. 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 course at a proficient level.


$60 per course

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


Online / Instructor Led (all courses)

Participants will have one month to complete the course(s).

Selection of the month you would like to access and complete the course is available during registration.

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.


Foundations of Culture

This course 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.



Cross Cultural Competency

This course 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.



Effective Multicultural School & Classroom Environments

This course 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.


Discount Requirements

Requirements to qualify for the discount covered by grant funding.

  • Currently be in a professional educator role in the state of Arkansas
  • Register with an email address from an Arkansas educational institution

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

 

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Instructors

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

Kimberlyn Gibson
Project CONNECT Director

Shelly McKeever
Project SOAR Director