New Free Course for K-12 Teachers Helps Address Diversity in the Classroom

Course part of Kaplan University’s ongoing effort to address the
changing educational needs within America’s evolving K-12 environment

DAVENPORT, Iowa & SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an ongoing effort to address the evolving educational needs
within the K-12 setting Kaplan University’s School of Education and the Open
is now offering a free course, Principles
and Strategies for Teachers in Diverse Classrooms
. The course
helps teachers build their capabilities and expertise to properly
address the broad breadth of needs of their diverse student populations.

According to the National
Center of Education Statistics
, 12 percent of teachers were
ethnically diverse as of 2011-12. Yet,

“While diversity in the classroom – racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and
children with learning disabilities – continues to evolve and change the
dynamics in a teacher’s classroom, teachers need to be fluid in how to
best address those students to ensure an optimal environment,” said Dr.
Sara Sander, dean and vice president for the Kaplan University’s College
of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ School of Education. “This free
course was developed with that in mind.”

Class participants have the option of formalizing their coursework,
receiving three credits and a transcript for a nominal fee. Furthermore,
they can submit the coursework for potential CEUs for their districts
and licenses (dependent on individual district requirements).

Principles and Strategies for Teachers in Diverse Classrooms focuses on:

  • Cultural and linguistic factors that influence today’s student
  • Strategies for effectively teaching students with special needs
  • Creating an inclusive classroom environment
  • Customizing lesson plans to reflect the needs of all students

The curriculum includes engaging Edivate videos and scenarios that were
provided by School Improvement Network, in collaboration with Kaplan
University. The videos are each three to five minutes long, offer
real-world scenarios, and are narrated by practicing teachers. Learners
are called to interact and dialogue. Discussion boards also offer the
benefit of enabling a support network with fellow teachers worldwide,
and these boards are supported by Kaplan University faculty with
doctoral degrees and years of on-the-job, practical experience in the

“We chose to incorporate the videos because they supported and
complemented our objective,” said Dr. Sander. “These videos address the
issue of cultural diversity in an engaging and effective manner, which
all lead toward a common goal of helping teachers further improve their
classroom presentations and effectively manage today’s student

Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network, added,
“The changing face of the K-12 student population and ensuring teachers
are keeping pace with these changes are critical issues now facing

This graduate-level online and self-paced course is free and available
to everyone. It also complements the graduate degree programs and
courses offered for teachers, or those desiring to become teachers. And,
it is taught by experienced, degreed faculty – presented in three
modules which allow teachers to manage the coursework and learnings
easier and progress through it on their own time and pace. Additionally,
it speaks to Kaplan University’s commitment in providing the skillset
and strategies required for professionals today in an innovative and
relevant manner. Most recently in the field of education this includes
Operation Educate the Educators, a program designed to train teachers to
meet the special needs of military children and their families; and
which Kaplan University was a founding member of.

For information on registering for this or other courses at Kaplan
University visit

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher
education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by
providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for
careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which
has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago,
is accredited by The
Higher Learning Commission
. Kaplan University serves approximately
40,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 14 campuses
in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, Missouri and Wisconsin, and
a Kaplan University Learning Center in Maryland.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan,
Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through
its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education,
English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to
individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over
30 countries, employs more than 19,000 full- and part-time
professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more
than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600
corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings
Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information,
please visit

About School Improvement Network

Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent
decades researching and documenting best practices in education. From
this research, School Improvement Network has developed Edivate, an
online, on-demand, personalized professional learning solution for
educators. The Edivate platform includes a library of PD videos,
applications that allow educators to access relevant resources and
research and upload their own content, and social media applications
that enable them to participate in a learning community of close to one
million educators across the world. School Improvement Network works
with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the
world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices
in action.

School Improvement Network and its logos are trademarks of School
Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.


Kaplan University
Amy Hawkinson
Director, Public Relations
Mobile: 773-301-6437