Course Overview

Culturally sustaining teaching practices are essential if teachers want to be relevant in today’s classroom. Culturally relevant teaching (CRT) is a practice grounded in a level of cultural competence that allows teachers to effectively educate through a skill-based knowledge that supports teaching in a multicultural setting.

"Children learn more from who you are than what you teach"

W.E.B. Dubois

If we want to improve test scores and close the achievement gap, our teachers have to be able to relate to their students. Culturally relevant teachers produce results.  In a study where teachers used culturally relevant strategies, over 80% of the students were on task (Hughes et al, 2004).

According to Dr. Gloria Landson-Bilings, the pioneer of culturally relevant teaching, "making education culturally relevant has the capacity to improve academic achievement. There is also a potential to impact test scores."

Additional Information

  • Educators will be able to market themselves as a certified culturally sustainable teacher
  • Educators learn the best practices to  make education culturally relevant to 21st-century learners
  • Educators will be introduced to a variety of more inclusive literature that supports achievement
  • Educators will know the best practices for better classroom management for diverse settings
  • Educators will be able to provide cross-cultural communication for academic success
  • Educators  will know the theory behind cultural relevance
  • Educators will know how to practically apply culturally sustaining teaching practices
  • Cultural Competence and Pluralism
  • Linguistics practices
  • Culturally Sustaining Literature
  • Best teaching practices for Diverse Learners
  • Heritage and Community Practice

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CST Certificate is a 24-hour program that is offered on a rolling basis
Available on demand for enrollments of 25 or more
Sessions are online and are self-paced


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15% Group Discount

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Partnership Information

The Urban Education Collaborative and the Department of Middle, Secondary and K-12 Education have partnered to offer this program, which is one of the first of its kind in the country. The sessions are designed and delivered by educational faculty.

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