Culturally Responsive Education: Cultivating equity in schools, Nelson, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C15
Instructor: Vicki Mascareno Nelson

In-person June 1, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at Castleton University. The remainder of the course will be held in an online environment. 

Dates and Times: June 1 – August 3, 2019. In person June 1, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at Castleton University. The remainder of the course will be held in an online environment. 
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $975

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $975, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05753. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

This course explores the educational practices and structures needed to create culturally responsive and equitable classrooms. Through readings, videos, podcasts, and social media posts about race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities, students will further realize the effects these practices have on underrepresented populations in education. Through their own awareness, reflection and research, students will learn how to respond, monitor, and track the impact on their students and school communities in order to foster opportunity and equity for all students.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

  1. To bring an awareness to the needs of underrepresented populations in our schools and how we can be the champions of change.
  2. To understand implicit bias – what it is and what it looks like in our schools.
  3. To identify areas of need in our own practice and how to make constructive changes that will impact students.
  4. To foster a sense of community within our class that will support authentic dialogue and courageous conversations.
  5. To create an action-research plan to readily use in the classroom, school, and communities to continue applying culturally responsive strategies and practices.

Course Objectives:

Students will summarize findings and identify action steps to support culturally responsive practices. Students will be expected to engage and consult with each other through their own educational experience. Students will be able to describe what a culturally responsive educator/school looks, sounds, and feels like through their own self-reflection, case-studies, readings and research. Students will also identify and subscribe (through list serves, social media, etc.) to relevant organizations that foster and promote cultural proficiency and equitable practices.

Required Texts

Multicultural Education: A Caring-Centered, Reflective Approach with Internet Guide 2nd Edition by Valerie Pang (You may purchase the book OR use the condensed online version

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools 2nd Edition by Glenn E. Singleton

For additional course information

Vicki Mascareno Nelson
(802) 355-8636

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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