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Focus on Culture

Foundation Day One: A Focus on Culture and the Instructional Benefits

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Cultural Responsiveness is for EVERYONE!

This course is the beginning of your journey towards making cultural responsiveness a meaningful aspect of your everyday life. It will develop both your mindset and skillset towards making your making your classroom, school and professional community more welcoming, engaging and culturally responsive.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand concretely what is cultural responsiveness and why it is necessary in our schools today.
  • Build knowledge and create the context for addressing the needs of underserved students in terms of their sociopolitical and sociolinguistic relativity in the American educational system.
  • Promote the focus of effective instructional strategies utilization in a way that validates and affirms underserved students across content areas and grade levels.


Your Instructor


Dr. Sharroky Hollie
Dr. Sharroky Hollie

Dr. Sharroky Hollie is a national educator who provides professional development to thousands of educators in the area of cultural responsiveness. Since 2000, Dr. Hollie has trained over 150,000 educators and worked in nearly 2000 classrooms. Going back 25 years, he has been a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a central office professional development coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District, a school founder and administrator, and university professor in teacher education at the Cal State University. Sharroky has also been a visiting professor for Webster University in St. Louis and a guest lecturer at Stanford and UCLA.


In addition to his experience in education, he has authored several texts and journal articles. Most recently, he wrote Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (2015) and contributed a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of African American Language (2015). Dr. Hollie's first book, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success was published in 2011, followed soon thereafter by The Skill to Lead, The Will to Teach, cowritten with Dr. Anthony Muhammad. Also, Dr. Hollie has been a contributing author with Pearson publishing in the Cornerstone and Keystone textbook series (2009), Prentice Hall Anthology(2012), and iLit e-series (2014). In 2003, he and two colleagues founded the Culture and Language Academy of Success, a laboratory school that demonstrated the principles of cultural responsiveness in an exemplary school wide model, which operated until 2013.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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