Culture and Language in Schools

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

Qualified educators can sign up for free to 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 cost of the three 15-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.

$60 per module

Online / Instructor Lead

*FREE for qualified educators through a U.S. Department of Education grant.

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To qualify for free enrollment in the three modules, 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
  • Sign up 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 or 479-464-5024 for registration and payment information.

Recommended Book (not included)
Expand Your Borders: Discover Ten Cultural Clusters by David Livermore. The book will be used for all three classes.

Introduction to Culture for Educators

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.


June 4-15, 2018


There will be a couple of synchronous sessions with instructor.

Cultural Impact on Teaching and Learning

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.


June 18-29, 2018


There will be a couple of synchronous sessions with instructor.

Using Cultural Understanding in School Communication

This module explores how the conflicts of differing home and school cultural norms affect ELLs. You 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.

  • List cultural conflicts between home and school and reflect on how to deal with these in a manner that honors the ELL's school and home cultural needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply knowledge about communication between home and school to enhance ELL's learning.
  • Utilize various resources to learn about interrelationships between culture and language.


July 9 - 20, 2018


There will be a couple of synchronous sessions with instructor.


Brad Lawless

Janet Penner-Williams
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

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