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Teaching & Learning

Operationalizing equity to transform teaching and learning

News & Updates
January 5, 2022

As we begin a new year, Achieving the Dream (ATD) and Every Learner Everywhere continue their commitment to ensuring equitable outcomes for the students we serve. ATD’s Teaching and Learning team is excited to offer a four-part webinar series during the spring of 2022. The Operationalizing Equity, Social Justice, and Inclusion to Transform Teaching and Learning Webinar Series will begin in January 2022 running through May 2022; the series is open to all who are interested in advancing an antiracist and equitable student success agenda.

Operationalizing Equity, Social Justice, and Inclusion to Transform Teaching and Learning - Webinar Series

To address issues of equity in higher education institutions, this series will provide a multi-pronged approach for advancing inclusive teaching and digital learning. Participants will engage in moderated panel discussions led by diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) experts. Sessions will focus on embedding inclusion, equity, and social justice in course content; the process of operationalizing equity in the classroom; developing culturally responsive assessments; and creating inclusive teaching and learning environments.

In alignment with Achieving the Dream and Every Learner Everywhere’s vision, these webinars are founded on equity and access to inclusive classroom environments that advance the implementation of teaching and learning practices that address racial and economic inequities through an antiracist lens.

Learn more about the focus and intended learning outcomes of each webinar:

Curating Inclusive Course Content that Centers Students and Equity
Thursday, January 27, 2022, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Through inclusive content, students are affirmed, validated, and embraced. This webinar will explore how to develop and design course content that is intentionally inclusive of diverse students, perspectives, cultures, and lived experiences. In this webinar, panelists will share evidenced-based instructional practices, digital tools that enhance student learning, and strategies to support faculty in developing course content, curriculum, and materials that engage students of color in ways that are meaningful to them, honor their funds of knowledge, and are culturally relevant and responsive.

Operationalizing Equitable Teaching and Learning Practices
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
The process of engaging in and implementing equity, diversity, and inclusion can be daunting. The process should be incremental while demonstrating impact in equitable student outcomes. In this webinar, panelists will share components/tenets to purposefully embed equity, social justice, and inclusion into innovative teaching and learning in face-to-face and virtual spaces. Through a moderated discussion, participants will examine protocols, approaches, and digital enhancing techniques that put into action practices that lead to equitable outcomes in teaching and learning.

Designing Assessments through a Culturally Responsive Lens
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
Traditional classroom assessments (exams, quizzes, essays) work for some students, but do they demonstrate learning for students who experience inequitable outcomes? How do we measure learning and growth in a way that supports student success? This workshop will provide examples of successful innovative and digital assessment approaches that center students and allow for authentic and culturally responsive measurement of student learning. Additionally, participants will learn strategies to deconstruct their own assignments and outcomes.

Democratizing Learning Environments
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 1:00–3:00 p.m. ET 
In this webinar, participants will engage in dialogue and discourse with panelists about co-creating environments that support and humanize students’ academic experiences while affirming their strengths and potential in the classroom. Additionally, panelists will address inclusive practices, instructional strategies, and digital tools that foster a climate of belonging, open dialogue, student-centered engagement, and the co-construction of knowledge in the classroom and beyond.

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