Best Practices for the Elementary Classroom

Elementary educators face the unique challenge of providing social, emotional, behavioral, and academic support to our youngest learners. The profession demands content expertise in math, language arts, science, social studies, physical education, and the arts. This course will focus on evidence-based, culturally responsive practices that ensure elementary educators meet these demands and refine their craft. Educators will learn effective strategies for designing optimal learning environments, planning instruction, analyzing student work, applying culturally responsive pedagogies, and partnering with students and families.  Join us as we learn best practices for learning, teaching, and assessment in the elementary classroom.

The Best Practices course will offer teachers the insight of educators before them, evidence-based practices, and modern-day research of learning, teaching, and assessment. The course provides examples and takeaways for classroom use from kindergarten through fifth grade. Core content examples will be used as well as Art and physical education.

This course will lead teachers through the various aspects of the teaching profession and identify its best practices. Educators will learn effective strategies from planning for the first day, looking at student work, and optimal instruction, to communicating with parents.

Most importantly, every module and section addresses the need and implementation of culturally responsive teaching and how educators can learn to weave it into their teaching as a mindset versus isolated activities.

This course is divided into the following modules:

  1. Learning: Pedagogy of Teaching
  2. Teaching: Engage, Instruct, and Support
  3. Assessments: Unbiased and Informative
  4. Professional Best Practices






Demonstrating Knowledge of Content & Pedagogy


Setting Instructional Outcomes


Engaging Students in Learning


Establishing a Culture for Learning