If you teach in a low-income urban school, you may have noticed that your students don’t respond well to traditional educational methods or that they show signs of having experienced academic inequity. To alleviate these difficulties and prepare your students for future scholastic and social challenges, teachers in urban schools should take advantage of new pedagogical approaches that consider your students’ circumstances, provide them with a safe educational environment, and help them thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

In this course, you’ll study various factors that influence the social, emotional, mental, and academic development of students from diverse backgrounds and standards of living. You’ll learn strategies for extending the classroom and for developing and modifying effective, meaningful instruction and activities that engage these students, meet their needs, and prepare them for college and a career. In addition, you’ll examine the benefits of creating assessments that measure your students’ performance based on new criteria for achieving academic success.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to cultivate a learning environment that supports your students’ academic and socioemotional development to prepare them for 21st -century opportunities.