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  • Asynchronous course- Learn from anywhere on your own time

  • Weekly videos and learning material released each Thursday

  • ~ 1 hour each week of online participation + ~1 hour self-directed learning

  • Fully supported course with direct facilitator access and cohort communication

  • Professional learning certificates available at no extra charge

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from the instructor

    • How to use this course

    • Important Resource Information

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Chapter #1: The Onion of Self-Concept: Creating a Foundation for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

    • Power Restoration: Creating a Language and Context for our Work

    • Grounding Down: Creating a Foundation in Identity

    • Interactive Onion of Self-Concept Map

    • Onion of Self Concept Map Workbook

    • Clarifying Culturally-Responsive Teaching & Learning

    • Zaretta Hammond's Dimensions of Equity

    • Workshop Assignment: "Glasses on" vs. "Glasses off"- analysis of actual student examples

  • 3

    Chapter #2: The Intersection of Trauma and Culture

    • The Intersection of Culture and Transition Shock

  • 4

    Chapter #3: Power Interruption: Understanding Student Trauma

    • Power Interruption and Transition Shock: Clarifying our Language

    • How does transition shock manifest in the classroom?

    • Outcomes of Student Trauma in the School Setting

    • Student Trauma: Implications for Language Development

    • Survival Brain vs. Learning Brain

    • Reading: Easing Transition Shock, Louise El Yaafouri @ Edutopia

    • Test your learning

  • 5

    Chapter #4: Social-Emotional Learning- Differentiating from/Partnering with TIC

    • Laying the Foundation: Understanding the Link to Socio-Emotional Learning

    • How Does SEL connect to Transition Shock?

    • How Does SEL overlap with Culturally-Affirmative Practice?

    • Workshop: Culture, AntiRacism & SEL

    • The 4 R's of Self Regulation

  • 6

    Chapter #5: Strategies for Pillar: CONNECT

    • Into Practice: Classroom Strategies for Mitigating Culture Shock

    • Strategies for Easing Transition Shock- ELL Compatible

    • Interactive Activity: Paper and Writing Utensil Needed

    • Instructions: Art therapy- DBT house

    • Workshop: Analysis of Student Samples

    • Resources: Inner World Work- Interactive Student Workbooks for Trauma

    • Test your learning

  • 7

    Chapter #6- Strategies for Pillar: PROTECT

    • The SEL/Trauma-Informed Relationship

    • Socio-Emotional Learning Video- Student Friendly Visual

    • SEL-Integration-Approach-Teacher-Self-Check-Tool

    • Reading: Connections between SEL and Trauma-Informed

  • 8

    Chapter #7: Strategies for Pillar: RESPECT

    • Making changes, gains, and accomplishments stick

    • The 3-Part Formula: Reiteration, Reflection, Detection

    • Making the Changes Stick: Cultural-Linguistic Considerations

    • DBT House: Redirect

    • DBY House: Redirect Qualities

    • Redirect: Classroom Strategies & Activities

  • 9

    Chapter #8- Strategies for Pillar: REDIRECT

    • Positioning Ourselves for Deeper Conversations on Resilience

    • Understanding the Limitations of Resilience: An AntiRacist Lens

    • Changing our Language: Power Restoration over Resilience

    • Moving Toward EmPOWERment: Knowledge, Prospect, Championship

    • Classroom, School, and District Self-Evaluation Tools

    • DBT House: Restoration

    • Power Restoration: Strategies and Activities

  • 10

    Chapter #9: Power Restoration & the Problem with Resilience

    • Tools and resources for planning and communicating with culturally diverse families

    • Engaging Parents of ELLs: Louise El Yaafouri @ Edutopia

  • 11

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...


Louise El Yaafouri

Senior Consultant

Louise El Yaafouri is a Recent Arriver & Inclusion Consultant and curriculum writer supporting refugee and immigrant-serving organizations in the US and abroad. She owner of DiversifiED Consulting and author of The Newcomer Student (2016), The Newcomer Fieldbook (2017), Meeting Where They Are: A Culturally-Relevant Approach to Student Trauma (ASCD Publishing, expected 2021). She has also been featured in numerous print and curriculum publications, including EL Leadership, Edutopia, Chalkbeat National, EduSkills, Curious City Books, and 5280 Magazine. She is a Rodel Exemplary Educator, Mile High Teacher, Professional Fulbright Educator, and founder of a school in Morogoro, Tanzania. In 2018, she acted as Global Mentor to teachers in Kenya’s Kakuma and Dedaab refugee camps, in partnership with Columbia University. Louise holds active board positions at the United Nations Association Denver and New America Schools. Louise currently lives between Denver, Colorado and Saida, Lebanon with her husband and sons. She can be found at, and on Twitter @ElYaafouriELD.