Culturally Responsive Teaching & UDL

Create culturally sustaining and linguistically appropriate lessons & units

Designing instructional experiences that are both culturally responsive and universally designed can seem like an intimidating task but these frameworks are quite intertwined and symbiotic.

This course will demystify the picture of success for teachers who are ready to examine the art and science discovered in the cross-section of UDL and Culturally Responsive Teaching. We will examine personal viewpoints and insights through the lenses of UDL and Culturally Responsive Teaching and identify barriers to learning on a cultural level while shifting towards best practices for creating lessons and units that are culturally sustaining and linguistically appropriate.

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


Examine personal viewpoints and insights and determine if current practices are bridges or barriers to universally designed learning environments.


Use the UDL framework to design culturally responsive learning experiences that embrace learner variability.


Learn how to eliminate barriers in the environment and instructional practices while building expert learners.


About Your Instructor

Andratesha Fritzgerald is an urban education expert who is committed to excellence in education. She has worked in urban education for over fifteen years as a teacher, building leader and currently at the district level in an urban school district in Ohio.

As a Martha Holding Jennings Foundation Scholar, Fritzgerald exhibited excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to urban education from the very start of her career. She was featured in Education Week twice.  

With a passion for UDL and culturally responsive teaching and learning, she has helped districts, buildings and teachers to craft implementation plans and professional practice cadres to become expert learners while transforming learning communities. In her new book, Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success, Tesha helps teachers and leaders in urban schools to implement UDL to narrow the achievement gap, increase graduation rates, and increase the outcomes and next generation skills of all learners in ways that are both culturally sustaining and linguistically appropriate.


What to Expect


  • Eight online learning modules containing videos, resources, and weekly assignments and/or discussions.
  • 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.


  • Course Text: Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond
  • All other 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 graduate 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 credits (3 continuing education 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. Learn more about our graduate partners Gordon College.