This class is based on sound research that has been done by researchers throughout the nation, to show tangible ways to promote the academic achievement of African American and Latino boys and girls.

This class will equip teachers with practical, in classroom methodologies that have shown to advance the academic performance of students of color. Based on the work of researchers such as Claude Steele, Tyrone Howard, Pedro Noguera, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Johnnie McKinely, Gary Howard and Baruti Kafele, this class takes a constructivist and research based approach toward helping educators recognize and combat the negative affect of implicit stereotype thinking and master skills needed to remove barriers to K-12 student learning. As the number of students of color increase in the school districts across the nation, teachers are looking for methods that “move the needle” for advancing the academic performance of African American and Latino students. Teachers will learn how to build counter narratives to inferiority complexes that students harbor and see examples of teachers and schools that are closing the achievement gap through in-classroom practices that work. Although the class focuses much of the material on African American students, the class is structured to provide conceptual frameworks and practices that work across cultures. Each lesson gives clarification for how to apply certain principles to Latino and other students of color. Educators will also learn key facts such as: a) You don’t have to be black to teach black students; b) Holding students to high standards is one of the best ways to break down stereotypes and improve academic performance and c) many other principles and methods that have scientifically been shown to help students learn and perform at high levels.

    This course provides the following types of credit:

  • (NYC) 3 P-Credits.

    ASPDP Catalog Code: 187-0066.1M17

    To earn P-credits, follow these two steps:

    Step 1: Register with ASPDP. You can do this by logging into ASPDP at, searching for Quikitech in the course catalog to select your choice of courses, and paying the ASPDP fee for the courses.

    Step 2: Register with Quikitech. You can do this by adding to cart the matching courses you will be taking with ASPDP, and paying the Education Partner fee for the courses. Your account will be automatically created for you upon checkout.

    Important Summer 2017 Semester Dates:
    ASPDP registration begins 5/30/17
    Coursework opens on 7/5/17
    ASPDP registration ends 7/28/17
    Coursework ends on 8/18/17

  • (General) 3 graduate-level PDUs.
    Transcripts in sealed envelope provided by Brandman University or CSUEB (Cal State University East Bay). University processing fee not included; $90 per credit + course fee.

For the non-NYC version of this course, click here.

Please check with your school district or local authority on whether the kind of credit this course provides can be used towards meeting your professional development, salary differential, or credential renewal needs.

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“The strategies laid out in this course are based on research done by scholars in the field of education. I will be able to use these strategies in my class.”

“I have already begun cultivating more positive interactions with my students while having empathy for their feelings.”