Online Class:  

Diversity in Literature?  

Not all Books are Created Equal

Instructors: Ashley Smith and Brooke Schmidt

In this course, you will do a deep exploration of multicultural/diverse literature and become familiar with numerous children’s book. You will learn strategies for evaluating and selecting books.. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through children’s literature and how to share that with students. Upon completion of this course, you will have created a biography of useful titles and planned lessons that are ready for immediate use.  

For K-12 Teachers

This class is offered for 3 or 4 Quarter Credits 

Students will be given a list of online resources/assignments

For 3 credits you will choose 7 assignments to complete plus create a reading log

For 4 credits you will choose 9 assignments to complete plus create a reading log

Register Anytime!  You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below.  Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card. 

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework. 

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace.  Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!


Option 1:  Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs): $525


Option 2:   3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690


Option 3:  4 Quarter Credit (80 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $625

+ $220 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $845

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Student Testimonials:

Thanks for the support and thoughtful assignment options. I feel I learned a lot from them. I had parent teacher conferences before the school year started with some families and I was happy to relate with some of the parents as they talked about the diversity learning they were doing with their kids via books. The books they were mentioning were some of the books I got to read for the options! I’m looking forward to using my learning and the books I explored in the class room this year.

—TINT Student

This class has given me the opportunity to explore lots of new books that I am excited to read and add to my library. I have also enjoyed finding new resources for book lists and recommendations. My hope in taking this course was to further my education around this topic and be able to make a change in my current building with this new information.

—TINT Student

From the time I’ve enrolled to now, I’ve recommended so many new books to friends and family that I don’t think I would have discovered without this commitment to seeking out diverse literature. I’ve purchased many for my home library and office shelves, as well, and each book has caused me to wonder beyond the pages into extended research about race and other diversity issues that are related to the book’s themes.

—TINT Student

I have been taking TINT classes since 2012.  The reason I LOVE them so much is because I actually come away from the classes with things that I can use.  Things and information that is relevant to my classroom, my grade, my students and my community.  The things that I learn are very eye opening.  When I do the assignments, I not only do them to meet the requirements, but I make notes along the way that will remind me of the things that I have learned.  The things that I want to remember in September when the school year is fresh and new. 

—TINT Student


I take a lot of PD and courses, this was a most inspiring class and I am on a never ending journey with literature.

—TINT Student


This course was extremely beneficial and impactful to my immediate teaching.  Throughout completing the assignments, I was continually examining my classroom library for overt racist images/messages, but also what single-sided messages were being presented.  A large portion of the course time is dedicated to exploring books to incorporate diversity topics and conversations in the classroom. 

—TINT Student


I wish all staff were required to take this class - teachers, EA’s, specialists, and administrators. I found such value in the articles, videos, and books I read.

—TINT Student


I appreciate all of the resources and feedback as I feel much more confident about my ability to select and share diverse literature.  In fact, my administrator has asked me to share what I have learned with staff!

—TINT Student