Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Inclusive Practitioners Program, a continuing education and development program.

The program is founded on three overarching goals:

  • To provide ongoing opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in critical conversations about campus learning environments and how to intentionally structure those environments in ways that increase equity, inclusion, access and full participation.
  • To foster a community of engaged educators committed to creating and maintaining inclusive learning environments who embrace the opportunity to collectively explore ways to reduce barriers, to individually apply strategies for inclusion, and to process and debrief with colleagues the relative effectiveness and impact of varying approaches.
  • To positively impact the experience of students on campus by applying strategies for inclusion in ways that improve the actual and perceived campus climate across living and learning environments.

Overview and Structure

The program is designed to promote individual and collective learning, collective support and problem solving, and relationship building across disciplines and institutional divisions.

  • Faculty and staff who wish to participate in the Program agree to complete at least three workshops (60, 75, or 90 minutes each) over the course of each academic year.
  • Program participants will also be invited to attend one or more Practitioner Conversations during the academic year to discuss ways they are applying inclusive practices in their respective campus learning environments and to explore ways to address any challenges they are experiencing.
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Workshops for Spring 2020

The Inclusive Practitioners Program offers a range of workshops in three different development tracks:

  • Inclusive Design for Learning
  • Engaging and Supporting Diverse Communities
  • Climate Dynamics in Learning Environments

Inclusive Design for Learning

Increasing Access and Assessing Learning: Crowdsourced Notes in the Classroom

This 60-minute workshop will explore the benefits of using crowdsourced notes in the classroom and ways to manage that process logistically.

Wednesday, February 12 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Lib 105

A Critical Examination of Course Materials: Strategies for Increasing Content Accessibility

This 60-minute workshop will explore ways faculty can assess and increase the accessibility of course materials in order to increase access and full participation.

Wednesday, March 4 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Lib 105A

Beyond Lectures and Group Work: Multimodal Approaches to Classroom Engagement and Learning

This 90-minute workshop will explore different strategies for engaging students in the classroom and how each strategy can increase or decrease access and full participation.

Friday, March 6 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Lib 105B

Transforming Group Work: Avoiding Ineffective and Exclusionary Dynamics in Collaborative Learning

This 60-minute workshop will explore ways to frame and implement group work in order to promote inclusive and collaborative dynamics.

Tuesday, April 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Lib 105B

Beyond Essays and Exams: Multimodal Approaches to Assessing Student Learning

This 90-minute workshop will explore the relationship between student learning outcomes and the tools faculty use to measure learning with a focus on utilizing a variety of approaches in order to assess outcomes and allow for learner variability.

Thursday, April 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Lib 105A

Designing Accessible Course Syllabi

This 60-minute workshop will explore ways to frame information on course syllabi in order to establish clear expectations for students and to reduce barriers to access and full participation.

Tuesday, April 21 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Lib 105A

Planning and Hosting Accessible Events

This 90-minute workshop will provide an overview of best practices for event planning in order to proactively address barriers to access and full participation.

Thursday, April 30 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Lib 105A

Engaging and Supporting Diverse Communities

Best Practices for Administering Student Exams: Distraction-Reduced Spaces and Extended-Time Testing

This 60-minute workshop will explore strategies to increase the accessibility of student exams with a focus on best practices related to distraction-reduced spaces and extended-time testing.

Wednesday, February 26 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Lib 105A

Understanding and Reducing Barriers for First-Generation Students

This 75-minute workshop will explore common barriers faced by first-generation students and strategies that faculty and staff can use to reduce those barriers and their impact.

Wednesday, March 11 from 3:00-4:15 pm in Lib 105

Supporting Religious Observance: Understanding Religious Holidays and What they Mean for When and How Students and Employees Participate on Campus

This 60-minute workshop will explore major religious holidays, how they are observed, and what faculty, staff, and supervisors should be mindful of in terms of participation in the classroom and workplace.

Thursday, March 19 from 3:30-4:30 pm in Lib 105A

Understanding the Campus Climate for Students of Color

This 90-minute workshop explores common interpersonal and institutional barriers faced by students of color and strategies that faculty and staff can use to support students of color, help them navigate those barriers, and reduce the barriers and/or their impact.

Thursday, April 2 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Hillcrest 103

Knowing and Respecting Who's in the Room: A Guide to Using Gender Pronouns

This 75-minute workshop will explore gender, gender identity, gender expression, and how and why to use gender pronouns to increase equity and inclusion.

Monday, April 20 from 3:00-4:15 pm in Lib 105B

Rethinking Our Relationship to Disability

This 90-minute workshop will explore the medical and social models of disability, how each model impacts policies and practices, and ways faculty and staff can reconceptualize disability in order to reduce barriers and increase access, equity, inclusion and full participation.

Monday, April 27 from 3:30-5:00 pm in Lib 105B

Climate Dynamics in Learning Environments

Turning Tension into Learning Opportunities: Responding to Offensive Comments

This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies for engaging effectively when students make comments that are perceived as offensive with a focus on helping students develop the capacity for critical self-reflection and perspective taking.

Tuesday, February 25 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Lib 105B

Navigating Flash Points: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in Response to Campus and Cultural Tensions

This 90-minute workshop will explore strategies for framing spaces and facilitating difficult dialogues when flash points arise due to campus events, cultural tensions, or critical national/international incidents.

Tuesday, March 3 from 3:30-5:00 pm in Hillcrest 103

Framing Difficult Discussions: Acknowledging Impact, Using Trigger Warnings, and Fostering Engagement

This 60-minute workshop will explore strategies to foster engaged discussion related to difficult topics while being mindful of the impact those topics might have on students.

Tuesday, March 10 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Lib 105A

Unpacking What’s Happening: Challenging Call-Out Culture

This 75-minute workshop will explore the dynamics of call-out (or cancel) culture, how to help students critically reflect on those dynamics and their impact, and how to help students reframe their engagement with others in ways that promote learning and growth while centering social justice.

Friday, March 20 from 3:00-4:15 pm in Lib 105B

Who’s in the Room: Managing Power and Privilege Dynamics

This 90-minute workshop will explore the ways power and privilege can manifest in interpersonal dynamics and how to increase students’ self-awareness of the way their behavior impacts others in order to promote greater equity, inclusion, access and full participation.

Friday, April 3 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Lib 105A

Setting the Tone: Establishing Expectations for Learning Environments on Day 1

This 60-minute workshop will explore strategies for increasing clarity and transparency with respect to how students are expected to engage with each other in the learning environment and the rationale behind those expectations with respect to student learning and development outcomes.

Monday, April 13 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Lib 105B

A Critical Conversation about Students' Perceptions of Classroom Climate and What that Means for Faculty

This 90-minute workshop will explore some of the factors that impact students’ perceptions of classroom climate, ways faculty can periodically assess how students are experiencing the class, and how intentional outreach and transparency can increase equity, inclusion, access and full participation.

Thursday, April 16 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Lib 105A

Practitioner Conversations

Practitioner Conversations are open only to participants of the Inclusive Practitioners Program and are designed to provide opportunities for participants to discuss ways they are applying inclusive practices in their respective campus learning environments and to explore ways to address any challenges they are facing.

  • Friday, April 3 from 11:15-12:15 in the Mitchell Green Lounge (McCullough)
  • Wednesday, May 6 from 12:15-1:15 in the Mitchell Green Lounge (McCullough)

Registration

Click the button below to register for workshops and/or Practitioner Conversations. You will receive an Outlook invitation for the session(s) you register for. If you need to update your registration for a session at any point, you can do so by updating your Outlook calendar response.

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Education for Equity and Inclusion
209 Carr Hall
Middlebury, VT 05753

rwells@middlebury.edu
(802) 443-5797 (Tel)