Culture and Language in Schools

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

Culture and Language in Schools is a series of three 6-hour modules that have been designed to educate school administrators, teachers and staff on the impact of multiculturalism in the school environment, learning, and interpersonal communication. Completion of these courses will count toward professional development.

$60 per class

Online / On Demand

10% discount for University of Arkansas faculty, staff and current students. To receive the discount, you must register with your uark email address and enter coupon code 'UA10' at checkout. Status will be verified and correct rate will be applied. Additional discounts do not apply.​
No refunds of the UA 10% discount, or any other discount, will be granted once registration is complete.

Required 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

Prerequisite to the other 2 modules below

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 providing 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.


Jun 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, Educational Leadership

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