Responding to Critical Incidents
Teaching About Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism
Helpful guides and resources have been assembled by some of our favorite centers for teaching and learning, partner organizations, and experts in the field:
- Teaching Race: Pedagogy and Practice, developed by the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University
- Antiracist Pedagogy Reading List, compiled by Andrea Aebersold, director of faculty instructional development in the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation at the University of California at Irvine.
- Harvard’s Educational Podcast on Teaching Race and Racism featuring Bree Picower, Professor, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, Montclair State university
- Becoming a White Antiracist (presswarehouse.com) by Stephen Brookfield and Mary Hess. This book will be useful to anyone trying to create conversations around race, teach about white supremacy, arrange staff and development workshops on racism, and help colleagues explore how to create an antiracist culture or environment.
- "Teaching Race, Racism, and Racial Justice: Pedagogical Principles and Classroom Strategies for Course Instructors," by M. Brielle Harbin, Amie Thurber, and Joe Bandy. Race and Pedagogy Journal (2019).
- Teaching Race: How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism, by Stephen D. Brookfield (2018).
- "Barriers and Strategies by White Faculty Who Incorporate Anti-Racist Pedagogy," by Jennifer Akamine Phillips, Nate Risdon, Matthew Lamsma, Angelica Hambrick, and Alexander Jun. Race and Pedagogy Journal (2019).
- Pedagogies of Care: Open Resources for Student-Centered and Adaptive Strategies in the New Higher-Ed Landscape contains material on teaching about race and racism (2020).
We'd also encourage you to check out some of the FREE Evidence-Based Tools for Teaching and Learning About Race showcased on our Inclusive Excellence webpage.
Helpful guides and resources have been assembled by some of our favorite centers for teaching and learning and partner organizations:
- Preparing to Teach About the 2020 Election (and After), University of Michigan CRLT
- Teaching and the Election, University of Oregon
- How Faculty Can Prepare to Handle the Post-Election Classroom, Scholars Strategy Network (PDF)
- Civic Engagement and Democracy: Special Focus on the 2020 Election, American Council on Education
- Resources for Supporting our Campuses in Politically Fraught Times, a POD Network compilation from 2016
During local, national or international crises and significant events, students and faculty can become emotionally charged, feel mentally drained, and be uncertain about how to respond to opposing viewpoints with humility. The links below provide strategies to help faculty create teachable moments in times of crises and develop respectful rapport despite varied perspectives.
- Responding to Critical Incidents, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia
- Teaching After Charlottesville, The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University
- "In the Eye of the Storm: Students’ Perceptions of Helpful Faculty Actions Following a Collective Tragedy," To Improve the Academy, Volume 25, 2007
- "Defining Academic Freedom," Inside Higher Ed, December 21, 2010
Encouraging critical thinking in online threaded discussions, Journal of Educators Online. Arend, B. (2009).
Designing and orchestrating online discussions. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Baker, D.L. (2011).
Facilitating class discussions around current and controversial issues. Ezzedeen, S. (2008).
Practical teaching How to lead effective group discussions. Muller, J., & Irby, D. M. (2005).
Teaching critical thinking through online discussions, Educause Quarterly, Macknight, C. (2000).
Facilitating Dialogue and Discussions
Addressing controversial issues, Flinders University
Facilitating Challenging Discussions in Effective Ways, Queens College, CUNY
Listen, Affirm, Respond, Add – The LARA Method to Create Dialogue, The Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan
Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, Kay Landis, editor, University of Alaska, Anchorage & Alaska Pacific University
Mastering online discussion board facilitation: Resource Guide, Edutopia
- Rubric for asynchronous discussion participation
- Online discussion rubric
- Class discussion rubrics - undergraduate and graduate courses