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Western Educational Equity Assistance Center

STEM and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for K-12

This course developed by the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center introduces culturally responsive teaching through an exploration of what it means to be culturally responsive to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

General Course Overview

This content was prepared by Dr. Jasmine J. Yap, a Consultant with the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center. It consists of a single learning module with seven sections. This course is a self-paced training. Once you have completed the entire course, you will receive an electronic certificate from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, as part of the Innovative and Lifelong Learning program.

About Course

This course introduces culturally responsive teaching through an exploration of what it means to be culturally responsive in order to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Participants will learn practical ways to ensure that all students in their STEM classes are engaged, actively learning and connecting the learning to their personal, school, and local community experiences.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Understand why culturally responsive teaching is important to the teaching of STEM
  • Understand how sustaining of students’ cultural backgrounds in the classroom impacts learning
  • Know how to use CREDE Standards to effectively teach STEM to diverse populations
  • Explain what it means to differentiate instruction and apply differentiation to teaching and assessment practices

Professional Development Units

The suggested amount of Professional Development Units for this course is 8 contact hours. MSU Denver will issue a certificate of completion and it is at the discretion of state licensing agencies, school districts, or local educational agency to recognize completion for professional development credits.

Google Classroom Access

1) Make sure you have a google account as you will need to sign in. You can create one at no cost using any email address.

2) Go to Google Classroom at the following link and sign into your google account: https://classroom.google.com

3) Once you are signed in click on the + sign at the top right hand of the page. On the dropdown menu click on Join Class.

4) A pop-up screen will ask for the class code. Use the following code to access the course: 3ejx4ti

Western Educational Equity Assistance Center

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 303-615-2020

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Mailing Address: PO Box 173362, Campus Box 63A, Denver, CO 80217