Engaging Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students & Families in Elementary Schools


FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Collaboration; Empowering informed action; Developing cross-cultural sensitivity; Critical thinking

DATES: November 1 - December 5, 2017
SECOND SESSION ADDED: February 28 - March 27, 2018
PDPs/CREDITS: 22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit
FEE: Partnership educators - no cost other than fee for 1 graduate credit;
Non-partnership educators - $225 plus fee for 1 graduate credit.

Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide 15 PDPs addressing the needs of English language learners (RETELL requirement as of 2016).

Elementary StudentsThis online course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for culturally responsive teaching of English language learners in the elementary school setting. We will examine how young immigrant students experience school; the demographic and diversity profile of Massachusetts districts; cross-cultural communication and its implications for teaching and learning; and effective strategies for elementary schools to engage immigrant and refugee families. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own teaching practice, apply course skills and strategies, and receive feedback from peers and instructor. 

Especially for K-5 educators.



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Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-9933

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