Book Studies for Graduate Credit

The CRUE Center is pleased to provide independent learning opportunities for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge, understanding, and practices related to culturally responsive pedagogy and practices, and the role of race, class, and culture in classrooms. These courses are all one credit intensive book studies and will be offered through the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Denver. While you can do the book study independently, on your own time, we also encourage you to gather some colleagues together to study the book together and expand your learning experience. The book study program is designed for K-12 educators who are seeking graduate level courses for their professional development, license renewal and/or pay scale increases. You will be able to choose from a number of highly influential books all listed below.

Course expectations include reflections on each chapter of the book, participation in online threaded discussions, and a final four to five page paper on your overall impressions of the book.

Each course is worth 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and costs $75. Courses are graded Pass/Fail.

There are three annual cycles for you to receive your graduate credit on your transcript:

To have your credit posted by: Register for class by: Submit Final paper by:
December 20th November 1st December 1st
May 22nd April 1st May 1st
August 10th July 1st August 1st

Book Choices

Below is a list of the titles you may choose from for your book study. Click on the title for a brief description of each book.

  1. Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society
    by Carola Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, and Irina Todorova
  2. Relationship-Driven Classroom Management: Strategies that Promote Student Motivation
    by John M. Vitto
  3. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
    by Annette Lareau
  4. From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students
    by Crystal Kuykendall
  5. Literacy with an Attitude: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest
    by Patrick J. Finn
  6. The Skin that We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom
    by Lisa Delpit and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
  7. Funds of Knowledge: Theorizing Practices in Households, Communities, and Classrooms
    edited by by Norma González, Luis C. Moll, and Cathy Amanti
  8. Power, Privilege, and Difference
    by Allan Johnson
  9. We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools
    by Gary R. Howard
  10. The Trouble with Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education
    by Pedro A. Noguera
  11. The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children
    by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Registration Information

To register for a CRUE book study course, please email us at indicating which book study you would like to register for as well as your contact information.