Certificate in College Teaching & Learning in Hispanic Serving institutions (CTL-HSI) 

Deepen your cultural competence and transform your course into a model of culturally responsive teaching for Latinx students!

About the CTL-HSI Course

This is ESCALA's signature course that develops leadership in faculty teaching Latinx students. CTL-HSI was first offered in 2014 and remains, a decade later, the only teaching-based course in the U.S. that focuses on increasing Latinx student engagement and learning in the higher education classroom. The ESCALA CTL-HSI is developed and taught by HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) teaching faculty, so that it remains relevant and practice-focused. 

The course follows best practices in professional learning by creating a cohort-based experience that includes coaching and a structured inquiry on a course faculty are actively teaching. The program launches in June with a multi-day summer retreat where faculty engage in self-assessments of their own practice, encounter and discuss practical demonstrations of culturally responsive teaching, and participate in small group peer to peer discussions of how to implement changes in their own courses. After the summer retreat, faculty are coached in small groups throughout the fall semester/quarter as they are guided to continue reflecting on their teaching as well as study the impact of a teaching change on their Latinx students in real time through a systematic data-driven project. In February, the course culminates in a 20- min presentation of learning that brings in the whole campus to watch!

Over the June- Feb time period, faculty engage in 36 total hours of combined structured learning, independent reflective time on assignments, and coaching.

2024-2025 ctl-hsi course timeline (36 hours)

CTL-HSI Course Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, participants will be able to: 

2024 Retreat Options (24 hrs*)

(pick 1 when registering)

Guacamole Week: June 25-28, 2024

Pico de Gallo Week: July 9-12, 2024

Queso Fundido Week: July 16-19, 2024

All retreat days are 9:00 am - 3:15 pm, Pacific 

 Attend Summer Retreat* 

The course kicks off with a 4-day virtual teaching retreat where you will join other HSI faculty in:

*Retreat time includes a 2 hour pre-module on data analysis that needs to be completed by retreat start. Participants are given access to pre-module one month prior.

work with YOUR escala coach and Conduct a Project

AUGUST - DECEMBER 2024 (2 hrs/mo)

Example finished Escala Presentation.pdf

Check out the sample project above!

Present Your findings 

FEBRUARY 2025 (2 hours)

Registration Fee: $3,000 per person 

(invoice or CC payment options available within form)

Sending a team? Want a 5% discount?

Video Credit: Humboldt State University Center for Teaching and Learning

Since 2013, more than 700 faculty in 2 and 4-year HSIs have completed ESCALA's CTL-HSI course. More than 60 of these alumni now serve as peer coaches for new cohorts.

Hear from ESCALA alumnus Chris Harmon (Cal Poly Humboldt) talk about his experiences in the Certificate course and how transformative the CTL-HSI course has been to his practices as a STEM professor.

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