Inclusive Excellence

The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute is BACK in Spring/Summer 2020!  This Institute is specifically designed to provide Affiliate and Tenure-Track faculty with a transformative space to learn and strategize about inclusive excellence in teaching and learning.  The Institute will encourage an atmosphere of cultural humility through the examination of social identity and bias.  This three-day program is spread out over several Fridays in Spring/Summer 2020—May 15, 2020, May 29, 2020, and June 12, 2020.  Registration is OPEN NOW.  Register in Sprout!  For more information, read the Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute program description below.

Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute

Inclusive teaching involves a deliberate effort by faculty to create a learning environment that attends to and supports he needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning interests, and abilities. Inclusive pedagogical strategies shape the dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individual's experiences in those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Inclusive teaching attends the range of identities in the classroom and helps all students feel equally valued.

The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute is specifically designed to provide Affiliate and Tenure-Track faculty at all ranks with a transformative space to learn and strategize about inclusive excellence in teaching and learning. The Institute will encourage an atmosphere of cultural humility through the examination of social identity and bias. Motivational frameworks, barriers to learning for diverse student learners and proactive strategies will also be introduced. Essential pedagogical approaches that promote an inclusive classroom environment will be modeled and explored. Through pre-assigned readings, access to group Bb site, and facilitated discussions, participants will begin the process of transforming their courses/curriculum, units and colleges.

This three-day institute will take place over several Fridays in the Spring/Summer 2020 term—May 15, 2020, May 29, 2020 and June 12, 2020.

Registration is Open NOW.  Register in Sprout.

Important Dates

The Institute will be 9am–3pm each of the Fridays listed below

  • Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Friday, June 12, 2020

Registration deadline: April 24, 2020

Register in Sprout.


Inclusive Teaching Tips and Strategies

Inclusive teaching involves a deliberate effort by faculty to create a learning environment that attends to and supports the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning interests, and abilities. Inclusive pedagogical strategies shape the dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect an individual's experiences in those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Inclusive teaching attends the range of identities in the classroom and helps all students feel equally valued.

As you think ahead to next semester, here are a few questions to consider:

  • Does your syllabus portray an inclusive and welcoming learning environment?
  • Do you have a plan for getting to know students and fostering student-student interaction? 
  • Do your instructional strategies include basic Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts?
  • Do you have a plan for disseminating content in multiple ways such as printed text, images, audio and video vs just lecturing from slides?
  • Will you provide students with multiple ways to express their comprehension and mastery of topics vs just assigning lengthy exams and papers?
  • How do you plan to tap into students' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn?

Latest Addition of Print Communication "One Inclusive Thing"

ONE INCLUSIVE THING: 
Responding to Cultural Diversity in the Classroom at GVSU
2019, Issue 3

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