LODEI Certification



Are you ready to make a profound impact on the culture of education? Take the leap and unlock your potential by obtaining your learning and online diversity, equity, and inclusion certification. With this certification, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how to create inclusive and equitable learning environments. Dive deep into the principles of cultural responsiveness develop the skills to design courses that reflect and embrace the richness of human diversity. Together, let’s champion a transformative shift in education, where everyone feels valued, empowered, and inspired. Join us on this transformative journey and be the change you want to see in education.

A word from the Facilitator

Courtney Plotts, Ph.D.
Founder of Neuroculture

Embark on a transformative journey that will empower you to create a lasting impact in learning environments. Enrolling in this certification will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to grasp the profound influence of acculturative stress and combat marginalization. By becoming a certified LODEI (Learning and Online Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer), you will position yourself at the forefront of driving positive change through the application of cultural responsiveness. Join a community of passionate professionals dedicated to fostering inclusive spaces where every individual thrives and feels empowered. Together, let’s shape a future where education transcends barriers and creates opportunities for all.

LODEI Certification

By embracing this certification, you’ll learn innovative strategies to challenge and dismantle teaching and design practices course marginalization within instructional design practices. You’ll discover how to leverage your design skills to foster inclusivity, equitable access, and diverse representation in learning environments. By doing so, you’ll create designs that empower and uplift individuals from all cultural backgrounds.

Event Schedule

September 29th, 2023


Module 1: Introduction to Culturally Responsive Course Design.

12:30 PM EST

Session 1

Objective 1: Understand the concept and principles of culturally responsive course design.

Objective 2: Recognize the impact of culturally responsive practices on student engagement and achievement.

Objective 3: Identify the benefits of creating inclusive and equitable learning environments.

October 6th, 2023


Module 2: Eurocentrism and Instructional Design Practices

12:30 PM EST

Session 2


Objective 1: Reflect on personal cultural biases and assumptions that may influence instructional practices.

Objective 2: Develop cultural self-awareness and understanding of diverse student experiences.

Objective 3: Explore strategies to enhance cultural competence in course design and delivery.

October 13th, 2023


Module 3: Designing Tiers: Whole Group, Small Group, Individual

12:30 PM EST

Session 3


Objective 1: Incorporate diverse cultural perspectives and experiences into course content and learning materials.

Objective 2: Explore ways to integrate culturally relevant resources into instructional design.

Objective 3: Foster student engagement and divergent thinking by incorporating diverse viewpoints and challenging stereotypes.

October 20th, 2023


Module 4: Application and Access

12:30 PM EST 

Session 4  

Objective 1: Identify various techniques and levels of effectiveness in the learning environment. 

 Objective 2: Develop and practice designing for the minimization of acculturative stress.


Objective 3: Learn how to develop divergent thinking. 

October 27th, 2023


Module 5: Interdependent Assessment

12:30 PM EST 

Session 5 

Objective 1: Explore various assessment techniques.

Objective 2: Explore alternative assessment methods that provide students with opportunities to showcase their cultural strengths.

Objective 3: Use assessment data to inform instructional decisions and address any potential bias or inequities.

November 3rd, 2023


Module 6: Collaboration and Community Engagement

12:30 PM EST

Session 6 

Objective 1: Foster collaborative learning environments that promote positive interactions among students from diverse backgrounds.

Objective 2: Design activities and projects that encourage meaningful collaboration and cultural exchange.

Objective 3: Develop strategies to promote inclusive participation and active engagement in group settings.

November 10th, 2023


Module 7: Think T.A.N.K.

12:30 PM EST

Session 7 

Objective 1: Develop a plan for sustaining culturally responsive course design beyond the course.

Objective 2: Explore ongoing professional development opportunities to further enhance cultural competence.

Objective 3: Reflect on personal growth as a culturally responsive designer and identify areas for continued improvement.


November 17th, 2023


Make Up Session and Supervision and Coaching Set Up for Part 2

12:30 PM EST

Session 8 




Length of Program

9 months-12 months

Part 1: September 2023

The first part consists of courses, while the second half involves monthly coaching and supervision. This structure allows for a combination of theoretical learning and practical application, ensuring continuous support and guidance throughout the program.

Part 2: January 2024

The coaching and supervision phase, conducted on a monthly basis, suggests a focus on applying the knowledge gained in the earlier courses. This part of the program could involve individual or group sessions where participants can discuss their progress, ask questions, receive feedback, and address any challenges they encounter. This supervision will result in a final submission of a project selected by the participant. 


Additionally, participants will not only gain invaluable knowledge and skills in culturally responsive education but also receive a tangible resource: a culturally responsive course sample. This sample serves as a powerful tool, providing practical examples and applications of culturally responsive practices throughout the entire course. It will inspire and guide participants in implementing culturally responsive strategies in their own teaching and course design, ensuring that every learner feels seen, valued, and empowered. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take your instructional practice to new heights. Enroll now and receive the transformative benefits of this program, including the culturally responsive course sample that will elevate your teaching to a whole new level of cultural responsiveness and design practices.



Early Bird Special:



3 payments of $199

Price is per-person.

Must be paid in full by September 29th, 2023.

Marta Pulley

Instructional Technology Specialist, Rutgers University

"I’ve been attending the LODEI Online DEI Officer Certification course taught by Dr. Courtney Plotts for the last 7 months. The course is so relevant to my work as an Instructional Designer, to me personally, and honestly to anyone. Dr. Plotts facilitates the course in a way that feels reassuring, hopeful for humanity, and almost as a soothing counseling session. She is so good at what she does! Her passion about the topic shines through in all the ways she interacts with her learners. She practices what she teaches, and you can see it and learn it…truly. Courtney, you’re the best! Thank you!"

Culturally responsiveness in education is not just a buzzword; it is a powerful and essential approach that holds tremendous importance and value in creating equitable and inclusive learning environments. When educators embrace cultural responsiveness, they acknowledge and honor the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of their students.

By valuing and integrating students’ cultural identities into the educational process, culturally responsive education fosters a sense of belonging, authenticity, and empowerment. It recognizes that each student brings a unique set of strengths and assets to the classroom, and it capitalizes on these assets to enhance learning outcomes.