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Building Belonging Through CR-SE: General Equity & Data Practices (Jolt2023-23)

This course is the first in a series called, Building Belonging Through Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Education.

Belonging is defined as “experiencing appreciation, validation, acceptance, and fair treatment within an environment. When people feel that they belong, they aren’t distracted and worried about being treated as a stereotype or a singular part of their multidimensional personhood (Cobb & Krownapple, 2019).” In classrooms and schools across the country, educators are seeking ways to create spaces of belonging for every learner. This is not an easy task and requires consistent willingness and learning to embed practices that make belonging a reality. As humans, we may base our worldview on our own specific experience and may lack awareness of how others navigate their home, community, and school. This course offers practical ways to consider improving our educator awareness through the frame of equitable practices in schools and aligned to the culturally-relevant and sustaining educational competencies.

Includes access to free downloadable resources (from PDE's Equitable Practices Hub):
➤ Infographic: Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Pennsylvania
➤ Equity Practices Hub: Equity Pillars
➤ Culturally-Relevant and Sustaining Education (CR-SE) Program Framework Guidelines

Course Author: Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims

  • Welcome!
  • Part 1: Building Equitable and Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Introduction
  • What are the Equity Pillars of Practice?
  • Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Education Competencies
  • Activity 1: Where are you? Where is your school?
  • Part 2: General Equity Practices (3 Competencies)
  • General Equity Practices
  • Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Education Competencies
  • Activity 2: Intentionality with Competencies 5, 7, and 8
  • Part 3: Data Practices (1 Competency)
  • What are data practices?
  • Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Education Competencies
  • Activity 3: Equitable Data Practices
  • Wrap-Up
  • Take Action: Plan for Implementing a New Practice
  • Learning Extensions
  • About the Author: Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims
  • Share Your Feedback
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever