Inclusive teaching strives to create a learning environment in which all students have equal access to learning regardless of their background or needs. Students who feel a sense of belonging are more motivated and engaged.
Reflect on your teaching and ways that it can be made more inclusive using this Inclusive Teaching Inventory—what are you doing already? What can you improve? Where should you seek out more support or resources?
The following resources address the many facets of diversity related to teaching and learning, from teaching about diversity to handling difficult conversations:
- The Peralta Equity Rubric can help you check your syllabus, course materials, and teaching practices to promote equity across categories like access to technology, representation, and connection and belonging
- Tools for Teaching Diversity from University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. Includes links related to how diversity can be explored in courses, whether by gender, sexual orientation, race, social class, disabilities, and the like
- Difficult Dialogues, from Vanderbilt University
- Strategies for responding to hot moments from the University of Michigan
- Responding to microaggressions, from the University of Michigan
- Calling Out and Calling In and communication recovery, approaches for acknowledging and correcting biased or hurtful speech
- Liberating Structures, a repository of inclusive active learning strategies to create and deepen relationships between students
- Building Community, a repository of activities to set a caring tone, help students get to know each other, and foster productive dialogue
For a more in-depth look at inclusive teaching, see these free online courses:
- Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom from Columbia University
- Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom from Cornell University
Making your courses welcoming, accessible to, and representative of all students is a part of a larger effort that includes working towards equity and justice as well as access. The following resources focus specifically on anti-racist pedagogical practices:
- Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator from Wheaton College
- Antiracist Pedagogies: Methods and Challenges from the University of Southern California
- What Anti-Racist Teachers Do Differently from The Atlantic
- Creating classroom discussion guidelines that support social justice, by Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo
Additional resources are available in the #GWinSolidarity Resource Syllabus, the Elliott School's Inclusive Excellence Toolkit, and through GW's Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.