Engaging Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students & Families in Elementary Schools

This course has been approved by the MA DESE to provide 15 PDPs addressing the needs of English language learners.

4-Week Online Courses


Wednesday July 6 – Tuesday August 2, 2022



Focal Skills and Dispositions

Collaboration; Empowering informed action; Developing cross-cultural sensitivity; Critical thinking


22.5 PDPs; option for 1 graduate credit ($160 fee applies)


Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit);
Non-partnership educators: $400 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

Especially for educators of grades K-5.

Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide 15 PDPs addressing the needs of English language learners (RETELL requirement as of 2016).

Brookline Classroom

This online course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for culturally responsive teaching of English language learners in the elementary school setting. We will examine how young immigrant students experience school; the demographic and diversity profile of Massachusetts districts; cross-cultural communication and its implications for teaching and learning; and effective strategies for elementary schools to engage immigrant and refugee families. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own teaching practice, apply course skills and strategies, and receive feedback from peers and instructor. 

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.