March 4, 2024 – April 15, 2024 all-day
Gina Vodola
(201) 934-5005

Equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices raise the level of rigor and maximize potential for all learners. In this course, you will explore the role of teacher as curator and facilitator to reflect on your learning environment that accepts, appreciates, and advocates for cultural differences and social justice. Participants will explore and brainstorm problems focused on instructional and social equity. They will navigate and design culturally responsive resources, structures, and facilitation practices to address bias in and beyond the classroom. This course will position participants to leverage students’ culture, language, and life experiences into rigorous academic achievement.


  1. Establishing working definitions of equity, bias, and social justice in the classroom
  2. Developing strategies and structures for prioritizing a culturally responsive classroom through needs identification, resource-access, and tuned facilitation
  3. Developing learning activities through a culturally relevant lens to meet cognitive levels and learning styles
  4. Designing differentiated opportunities for students to learn in an environment that promotes executive function through structures and facilitation
  5. Exploring the role of facilitator and facilitation strategies to build and maintain relationships and trust with students
  6. Brainstorming problems to address social justice and equitable access and opportunity issues within the students’ neighborhood
  7. Empowering students to become active participants in the learning process

Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC.