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Embedding Culturally Responsive Pedagogy & UDL into Instructional Design and Practice

Teachers have incredible power and privilege to make choices about curriculum and instructional design - choices that can elevate their students - or make them feel small and like they don’t belong. We cannot take this privilege lightly.  If we truly want to be inclusive in our districts, schools, and classrooms, we must proactively plan for student variability and diversity, and  honor student identities and cultures so that we can create learning experiences that are authentic, meaningful, and linguistically appropriate.

In this course, we will explore how we can use the best practices of culturally responsive and sustaining teaching techniques alongside Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to create powerful instructional experiences that help students feel like school was created for them and give them the will and motivation to succeed and excel. 

Click the link below to schedule a personalized Culturally Responsive Teaching & UDL online course for your district.

At a Glance








45 continuing education hours


3 (for additional fee)


Course Objectives

Be able to identify cultural barriers in lesson design and instruction that could interfere with student engagement and understanding. 
Know how to incorporate opportunities in classroom environments for students to share their stories and backgrounds and get a glimpse into other’s lived experiences. 
Be able to explain the role of our attitudes, beliefs, and biases in how students perceive and learn, and understand how to interrupt and adapt them so we are more inclusive and equitable in our learning environments. 

What to Expect


  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and weekly assignments and/or discussions.
  • The option to schedule synchronous sessions to accompany the course.
  • Direct interaction and feedback from your instructor and the opportunity to build community with your classmates through course discussion boards.
  • Lots of options and choices - UDL is at the foundation of everything we do.
  • Participants will be expected to pass in work by the due date, but will also be given the opportunity to revise and improve upon their work (just as students in their class should be given the same respect using the UDL framework). 
  • All assignments can be resubmitted for feedback and grading up until the last day of the course.


All materials are linked freely throughout the course modules.

Pricing Options

Our standard pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting. You may also choose to purchase 3 graduate level professional development credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding group pricing, district-based course options,  or to request a purchase order, contact us.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

As long as you receive a grade of C or better, you will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate level professional development credits may be obtained through our university partner. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling.