Equity-minded Practice Series


Through the series, we will work toward a shared understanding of equity-mindedness in teaching, counseling and librarianship. Areas of Exploration and Series Outcomes.

Categories of equity-minded practices to be explored are: inclusive learning environments; culturally responsive pedagogies and curricula; racialized patterns in the classroom; trauma-informed pedagogy; recognizing intersectionalities; and equity-minded assessment.

In this series, participants will:

• Critically reflect about how their own identity and background shape their teaching practice.

• Clarify language (including differentiation among inclusion, diversity, and equity).

• Evaluate current practices for patterns that sustain racial and intersectional inequities.

• Implement equity-minded practices in teaching, curriculum and assessment that advance equitable outcomes.

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INDV3151: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning                                                                                                                      10 PD Hours
This course offers concepts, principles and a framework for thinking about culturally responsive teaching as an extension of brain-based learning. With a focus on developing meaningful learning partnerships with students, participants will explore the relationship between the brain and its influence on our social-emotional state and identify skills necessary in becoming a culturally responsive practitioner through critical reflection. The course concludes with the development of a plan to become a more culturally responsive practitioner. 
INDV3265: Preparing to be an Equity-minded Practitioner                                                                                                                 16 PD Hours
This course is an invitation to begin the journey of becoming an equity-minded practitioner. As you examine and reflect on your professional and personal experiences using a lens of equity, you will create an Equity-minded Practitioner Plan that includes exploring your personal definition of equity, identifying inequities in your teaching practices, and crafting a plan of action demonstrating your commitment to becoming an equity-minded practitioner.
INDV3126: LGBT+ Intersectionalities: Awareness & Allyship                                                                                                                   8 PD Hours
Equity-minded practitioners are called upon to increase their awareness of social and contextual factors that lead to inequity amongst student populations. Members of the LGBT+ community experience inequities related to race, as well as those related to their sexuality and gender identity, inside and outside of the classroom. The LGBT+ Intersectionalities: Awareness and Allyship course provides a reflection and active experience where you explore what it means to be part of the LGBT+ community, how this is impacted by dimensions of intersectionality and how to create safe spaces for the LGBT+ community in your learning environment and on your campus.
ASMT4242: Transparent Assessment                                                                                                                                                                 6 PD Hours

Transparent assessments help create equitable environments for student learning.  Studies indicate that by making assessments more transparent, students navigate their educational work more successfully, feel a greater sense of belonging, and have improved retention rates. In this course, participants will learn an equity-minded framework for transparent assessment design and, with feedback from their peers, apply this framework to their current practice by using either their draft Learning Outcomes Assessment Template or one of their own course assessments.

PRFC1151: Equity-minded Assessment: Intro to "A New Decade" Reading Circle                                                                             2 PD Hours
Participants will reflect on equity-minded assessment practices through exploration of culturally responsive, socially just, and critical assessment concepts. A reading circle discussion of a selected text to explore aspects of professional commitment. Participants will be expected to engage with the text and with each other, as well as being willing to try new techniques with their students and report back to the discussion about their results.
2 PD Hours includes pre-reading and reflection available in Canvas and (1) hour webinar.

INDV3121: Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in the Online Environment                                                                                        5 PD Hours
In this course we will explore implicit bias and how it manifests itself through microaggressions. We will reflect on our own implicit biases and how they might influence our attitudes and behaviors. Additionally, through the use of discussions, scenario-based activities, and other online resources, we will identify and explore how microaggressions can occur in the classroom. Participants will leave this course with strategies to make a more inclusive online learning environment.
INDV3127: Linguistic Diversity and Antiracism                                                                                                                                           12 PD Hours

Our tacit beliefs about spoken and written communication standards inform nearly every aspect of our interactions with students. But where do those expectations come from, why do we or don’t we enforce them, and can they be harmful? In this course, facilitators will explore these questions to uncover the racist ideologies underlying language standardization and code-switching pedagogies. Participants will be encouraged to learn about the links between language and identity and to explore their own linguistic identities; examine the underlying values that inform their own and their disciplines’ expectations for communicative practice; and identify concrete ways to enact antiracist linguistic policy and practice in their work at the college. 

LOBP4242: Equity-minded Assessment: Writing Equity-minded Learning Outcomes                                                                     4 PD Hours
This equity-minded assessment course concentrates on the development of equity-minded learning outcomes and evaluation of existing learning outcomes for patterns of inequity across race and intersectionality. Through readings, reflection, specific examples, and peer review, participants will evaluate learning outcomes for hidden expectations and language that excludes or creates barriers for student achievement.
INDV3215: Creating an Inclusive Syllabus                                                                                                                                                     6 PD Hours
The syllabus is often the first impression that students have of a course, and can create confidence or trepidation with regard to their ability to succeed. In this course, participants will get to review their own syllabus through equity-minded lenses such as tone, personalization, and linguistic choices that can impact students’ sense of belonging in the classroom environment.