A year-long series of workshops

for the Southeast community

What is the Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching?

This is a series of workshops, presentations and book studies in which participants study, discuss, and reflect upon teaching with respect to the cultural diversity found at Southeast Missouri State University. The Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching provides tools and ideas for teaching and working with all students.

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What is Required of Participants?

Approximately 25 clock hours of training are offered throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. To complete the certificate, participants must attend 12 hours of any combination of workshops, breakout sessions, designated book studies, or Take Away Friday presentations. Participants will be asked to submit a written reflection of their experiences and learning.

The final assignment will include an action plan showing how the participant intends to share their learning with others. Participants are encouraged to present to the faculty member’s home department or college.

Continuing the Conversation

The President’s Task Force on Diversity Education (December 2015) vision is that, "Southeast Missouri State University will be a campus community where individuals from all backgrounds will feel welcomed, respected and included; and where our campus community engages in best practices to promote cultural competence and inclusion in all aspects of our work." It also recommended that the “Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning implement a regular series of workshops dedicated to issues of diversity and cultural inclusion in the classroom, including the online classroom.” This certificate supports their recommendation.

President's Task Force on Diversity Education

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/ Fall Semester


Book Study

How to be an Antiracist.

By Ibram X. Kendi

September 15, 2020

September 29, 2020

October 13, 2020

October 27, 2020

November 10, 2020

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/ Summer Semester


Summer Institute Workshop

More information coming soon!

/ Spring Semester


Winter Institute Workshop

January 7, 2019: The Hidden Curriculum

January 10, 2019: Supporting Struggling Students

January 10, 2019: Boundaries of Responsibility

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Faculty Development Day: Keynote & Breakout Sessions

“Culturally Responsive Teaching: How to Bridge the Cultural Disconnect”


Culturally Responsive Teaching

Understanding Diverse Classrooms

Breakout Sessions:

Intercultural Competence

Value Bracketing

January 9, 2019

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Take Away Fridays

January 25, 2019: Lessons from Everyday Anti-Racism Part 1

April 26, 2019: Lessons from Everyday Anti-Racism Part 2

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Book Study

White Fragility, Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

By Robin Diangelo

January 30, 2019

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/ Fall Semester


Faculty Development Day: Keynote & Breakout Sessions

August 15, 2018

Take Away Fridays

October 12: Teaching Diverse Learners

October 19: Diverse Learners and Technology

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Book Study

Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School.

By Mica Pollock

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/ Curriculum

"Cultural responsiveness is the ability to learn from and relate respectfully to people of all cultures" (Zio and Kozleski, 2005, p. 13). To be effective, teachers must relate teaching content to a variety of cultural backgrounds.


  • Populations We Work With
  • Cultural Humility
  • What is Equity?
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Uncovering Our Own Bias
  • Micro Aggressions
  • Creating a Supportive Community
  • Respectful Disagreement

The simplest way to judge whether teaching is culturally responsive is whether diverse students—students of color, English language learners, immigrant students—are learning. If they are not succeeding academically within classroom norms, the teaching approach might need to be more culturally responsive. —Darlene Hammond

The processes necessary for preparing to teach in a culturally responsive classroom begin with exploring one’s own culture, learning about other cultures, and learning about students’ cultures.