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Zaretta Hammond

is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. She has spent 20 years helping teachers learn to use equity-focused instructional "power tools" to support struggling public school students. She is the owner of Transformative Learning Solutions, a training and professional development consultancy. .

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About this Course


Build your confidence in meeting the needs of diverse students

According to U.S. World News Report, for the first time in U.S. history, fifty-one percent of public school students are culturally and linguistically diverse. Unfortunately, they still experience chronic achievement gaps from elementary school through high school. One of the most promising approaches for engaging diverse students in new ways and closing these gaps is through culturally responsive teaching.

Understand what it means to be culturally responsive.

“Sometimes its unclear to me just how culture leads to more rigorous learning.  What about race?  Where does that fit in?” 

These are questions many teachers have about culturally responsive teaching. In this course, you'll get a framework to help understand how key components work together. You'll see how the brain uses culture to program itself for learning and this leads to higher achievement.  We will also work on helping you take this information and translate it into everyday classroom culture and practices.

Learn new strategies and tools for aligning instruction with students’ culture.

In the course, you’ll learn four core cultural tools that help engage students and get them ready for taking on rigorous content.  In addition, you will get specific activities to integrate into your teaching practice.

Professional learning that fits around your schedule

The Culturally Responsive Teacher’s Boot Camp is a self-paced six-week course. You will have access to the course for 90-days afterwards.  You will have opportunities to interact with other participants after each step in the course and in a private Facebook group.

Course Outline

  1. Welcome and Orientation
  2. What Does It Mean to be Culturally Responsive?
  3. Getting Your Students to Tune In and Turn On
  4. Using Cultural Tools for Deeper Learning
  5. Supporting Academic Mindset
  6. Seeing the Whole Student
  7. Creating a Community of Learners