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Understanding Culture and Race


Course Description

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to the cultures that shape student and teacher interactions, which are crucial to student learning and teaching success. You will study the building blocks of culture and learn why cultural differences can obstruct effective interactions between students and teachers. You will have the opportunity to learn how acknowledging cultural behavior and expectations should inform curriculum development, instructional and assessment strategies, and classroom management. The course will provide a framework you can use to pursue learning about culture, behaviors, and expectations in your classrooms and school environments. You will also increase their capacity to develop your students' awareness of these issues and your skills at negotiating them.


Course Presenter

Venita Kelley

Venita Kelley is former representative to the Governor for Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) in Ohio. Dr. Kelley’s expertise is interdisciplinary and includes intercultural communication, media, organizational design/diagnosis, and leadership development. She has worked in the education and communication fields for several years and served as urban scholar for the cultural competency professional development training segment of the Governor’s Initiative.

Her experience includes: associate deanship of leadership and student development; noted professor in teaching and learning; curriculum and program development; professorate positions in communication and ethnic studies with affiliated status in film and women’s studies; secondary education as a 9-12 English teacher, career counselor, and life skills; and consultant and/or trainer in intercultural communication in state and federal government, K12 and university systems, medical schools, and foundations. She is noted as a master teacher. Her publications span book chapters, performance pieces, news columns, articles, and peer reviewed journals.

Partner Profile

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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