February 28, 2022 – April 21, 2022 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 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 teaching 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. Establish working definitions of equity, bias, and social justice in the classroom
    Develop strategies and structures for prioritizing a culturally responsive classroom through needs-identification, resource-access, and tuned-facilitation
    Develop learning activities through a culturally relevant lens to meet cognitive levels and learning styles
    Design opportunities for students to learn in an environment that promotes executive function through structures and facilitation
    Explore facilitation strategies to build and maintain relationships and trust with students
    Brainstorm problems to address social justice and equitable access and opportunity issues within the students’ neighborhood

Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.