Fostering an Equitable and Engaging Culture in Classrooms is designed to address and meet the need for K–12 and postsecondary educators, counselors, and site leaders to foster an equitable and engaging culture for learning.

Participants will explore current research and engage in critical conversations around the composition of a culturally responsive classroom.

This collaborative experience will engage participants in strategies that will guide them in creating a supportive classroom community, empowering student voice, and establishing and maintaining rigorous expectations..

Participants will engage in both synchronous and semi-synchronous learning. All strategies, digital activities, and digital tools experienced can be leveraged in face-to-face or virtual learning environments.

Performance Objectives

  • Establish relational capacity in order to foster a supportive and welcoming environment.
  • Build an inclusive culture to encourage and support academic and social risk-taking by both students and educators.
  • Implement culturally responsive strategies with digital tools in order to provide increased opportunities for equity of student voice in a virtual setting.
  • Reflect on current instructional practices and instructional systems in order to identify gaps and refine current practices, ensuring they are equitable and engaging.


Module 1
Setting the Why: Cultivating an Effective Communication System in Order to Establish an Equitable Learning Space

Module 2
Building Supportive Classroom Communities

Module 3
Empowering Student Voice by Honoring Cultures, Backgrounds, and Experiences

Module 4
Establishing and Maintaining High Expectations in a Virtual Setting (Building Systems of Belief and Rigor With Support)