Culture and Race in the Curriculum

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Culture & Race in the Curriculum: Supporting Student Achievement & Positive Racial Identity

Registration Closed.
Dates: Saturdays, September 30 – November 11
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $100.00*
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How can educators best support the academic achievement and positive racial identity of their students?  And how do subtle shifts in mindset and instruction support these complementary goals?  

In this course, participants will develop their ability to craft educational experiences and materials for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Animated by a commitment to designing and implementing culturally relevant and responsive curricular materials, the course equips teachers, including administrators who are also currently teaching, with the knowledge and skills to encourage the academic development and positive racial identity of urban youth. A key outcome of the course is the development of a culturally relevant and responsive unit plan that can be tailored for individual classrooms.

As a result of taking this course, teachers will be able to:

  • Identify the personal and cultural assets of students in their classroom;
  • Identify the core tenets of culturally relevant pedagogy;
  • Understand the role that racial identity plays in the educational lives of culturally and racially diverse students;
  • Support the positive racial identity and academic achievement of culturally and linguistically diverse students;
  • And, design a unit plan that integrates culturally relevant pedagogy with academic content.   

Course Expectations:

  • Attend four in-person sessions;
  • Actively participate in all online learning experiences;
  • Respond to readings and instructor prompts using the course’s online learning environment;
  • Apply learning to your classroom;
  • Complete two drafts of a unit plan;
  • Provide and receive peer feedback on assignments with enthusiasm and an open mind;
  • And, attend all sessions and participate as an engaged, active listener in class discussions.


This class will be taught by

Khalilah Brann

An anti-racism educator and educational consultant, S. Khalilah Brann has spent a decade as an educator, primarily with the New York City Department of Education, and most recently at New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. As a classroom teacher, Ms. Brann taught English and history to students in grades 9-12; 17-21 year-olds in a transfer school setting; and students of all ages, in a GED setting. Her experience also includes serving as an instructional coach and curriculum developer, department head, mentor teacher and NYC Common Core Fellow. Ms. Brann was an associate adjunct professor in the Department of Education at Long Island University, teaching classes that dealt with issues in urban education. A life-long learner, Ms. Brann earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from City College of New York, a Master’s of education from Long Island University, and Post-Master’s Advance Certificate in Educational Leadership from Long Island University.

Course Location

FEDCAP Career Design School
210 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Course Fees and Registration

*New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). If you do not have the registration code, please email See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.