Your City, Your Classroom

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  • : 19 Oct 2018

As we settle into fall weather and the 2018-2019 school year, the ASPDP team is eager to let you know what you can expect from our program and catalog in the near future.

At the core of ASPDP's mission and vision is a commitment to creating supportive learning environments and improving outcomes for all students. We realize that this mission requires that we center equity in our work, and over the next year we will be making a bigger commitment to providing courses that are offered with an equity lens to better support the culturally and linguistically diverse students of New York City.

Over the next year, you will see more focus in our catalog and outreach on equity, critical consciousness and cultural responsiveness. Our end goal is to embed the principles of culturally responsive instruction in every course in our catalog, no matter the subject area, so that we can better support you and your students. This dovetails with the DOE's vision for Equity and Excellence for All which strives to create empowering learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City, because every child deserves an excellent education.


Our Culturally Responsive Instruction courses promote this vision with student-centered approaches to teaching that acknowledge students' cultural experiences and knowledge. This fall, learn new strategies for incorporating cultural responsiveness in your classroom with these courses:

The Culturally Responsive Classroom with CaseNEX PD by IO Education

  • The Culturally Responsive Classroom (CRC) addresses the important teaching practices of communication with diverse families, equity, and confronting bias and discrimination - including as they relate to bullying. Participants will confront their own discomfort with issues of discrimination and will consider how to address incidents of discrimination and bias and to mediate student-to-student relationships. Register by October 21

Courageous Conversations About Race with Public Consulting Group

  • In this course based on activist and educator Glenn Singleton's award-winning protocol and book, educators will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and examine the impact of race on student achievement and the role racism plays in institutionalized racial disparities. Register by November 13

Instructional Strategies for Diverse Student Populations with Advancement Courses

  • In this course you will learn how to build cultural competence and awareness in both yourself and your students. You'll discover strategies for building community and differentiating instruction to create a learning environment in which all students can reach their potential. Register by November 13

Promoting Academic Achievement Among African-American and Latino American Boys and Girls through Research Based Strategies with Quikitech

  • Based on the work of researchers such as Claude Steele, Tyrone Howard, Pedro Noguera, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Johnnie McKinely, Gary Howard, Baruti Kafele, Geneva Gay and Gilda Ochoa, this class takes a constructivist and research-based approach toward helping educators recognize and combat the negative effect of implicit stereotype thinking and master skills needed to remove barriers to K-12 student learning. Register by November 13