by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center
In keeping with the Reinert Center’s theme of teaching and justice, I’ve been thinking about the ways in which a commitment to inclusive teaching is a commitment to creating just learning environments for students. Earlier this semester, the Ignatian Pedagogy Institute explored two layers to be considered when teaching for justice: course content and pedagogical methods. And last week, a group of STEM educators at SLU gathered to explore this inclusive teaching practices checklist adapted from Linse & Weinstein (2016) [Inclusive Practices Inventory].
Another useful resource is the Guide for Inclusive Teaching [LINK] published by Columbia University earlier this year. Although developed by and for faculty at Columbia, the Guide provides useful information for faculty teaching anywhere. It focuses on five principles for inclusive teaching, providing concrete strategies and a focused bibliography for each.
If you have teaching strategies you use intentionally to create inclusive, just learning experiences for students, please share them in the comments section. If you’re looking for ways to create more inclusive courses, someone in the Reinert Center would be happy to talk with you about how you might do that.
Center for Teaching and Learning. (2018). Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia. Columbia University.
Linse, A. & Weinstein, S. (2016). Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms. Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Penn State.