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3 Hours Graduate Level Credit (ED501) through Colorado State University - Pueblo

Course Facilitator: Lin Mohr

Instructor of Record: Jennifer Hair 



Course Description: 

Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” by Marco Bizzarri


 The demographic landscape in the United States educational facilities is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, by the year 2027 the percentage breakdown of students is projected to look like the following: Caucasian 45%, Hispanic 29%, Asian 6%, Black 15%, and of Two or More Races 4%. It is clear that as educators, we must understand the role diversity takes in the classroom, and work to accommodate and understand students of many ethnicities to create a safe and brave learning space for all. Our classrooms should be a place where all of our students feel a strong sense of belonging and acceptance. This course is designed for K-12 teaching professionals looking for ways to reimagine instructional design that respects diversity, enables participation, removes barriers from implicit bias and anticipates and considers a variety of learning needs and preferences for their students.

The course modules are packed with actionable steps and examples to help teachers learn who their students are and build rapport intentionally through curriculum development and learning design to lead to a more engaged and stimulating learning environment where students feel valued and motivated to participate.


Required Text(s) and Other Materials:

All materials will be provided through open educational resources by the instructor in the Canvas classroom free of cost.

Learning Management System: Internet access, connection to Canvas learning management system portal.


Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role diversity and inclusion play in creating a safe learning environment

  • Dismantle the system of power and privilege by reimagining curriculum and instructional design

  • Raise Awareness of biases and perspectives that do not account for multiple student groups 

  • Scrutinize literature associated with various types of trauma affected behaviors displayed by students and approaches to support students experiencing trauma by redesigning the current learning environment

  • Discuss pedagogical, administrative, and domain-specific challenges - and opportunities - associated with the creating a trauma responsive classroom

  • Critically Assess impact of trauma and Establish social and emotional safety in the classroom

  • Create a diverse and inclusive learning environment for ALL students

Cultivate an Inclusive Learning Environment

  • Once registration is complete, you will receive a welcome letter from the instructor within 48 hours with access codes and instructions for the course. If you do NOT hear from the instructor, please email

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