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Inclusive Pedagogy for Teaching Assistants and Instructors

As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” At its core, education creates opportunities for justice, and teaching from an inclusive framework reorients opportunities for those who have been marginalized by traditional educational practices. Inclusive frameworks and practices are integral to all teaching and curriculum development. Through this Inclusive Pedagogy for Teaching Assistants and Instructors monthly focus, The Graduate School will provide graduate students and postdoctoral trainees with tools to begin crafting intentional, inclusive, and anti-racist teaching practices. Through our website and e-newsletters, TGS will highlight on-campus resources and experts from across the nation.

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Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Inclusive Teaching Resources

Digital Learning Inclusive Teaching Guide

  • Northwestern’s Digital Learning Inclusive Teaching Guide has strategies, recommendations, tutorials, and resources that can assist in developing an inclusive learning environment in virtual classrooms.

Northwestern Accessibility Resources

  • Northwestern’s AccessibleNU has valuable information for faculty and students about accessible teaching environments and universal design for learning.
  • Learn more about maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for the Northwestern community and visitors to the community, digitally and in buildings/facilities through Northwestern’s Office of Equity Accessibility Resources Page.
  • The Office of Equity offers a variety of Campus Trainings (informational sessions and workshops) designed to inform students, staff, faculty, and visitors about their rights and responsibilities as members of the Northwestern community and to equip community members with the tools to create a vibrant, equitable, and accessible learning environment for all.

School of Professional Studies Inclusive Teaching Resources

  • Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies has resources to help instructors think about how to make their content more inclusive.

Feinberg School of Medicine Inclusive Learning Resources

  • Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine has Inclusive Learning Environment information for medical school students that has applicability across graduate education.

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Guides

  • Part of inclusive teaching explores the structural, institutional, and personal biases in communities and cultures. Here are some resources on anti-racist pedagogies, practices, and readings.
  • Anti-Racist Pedagogy Reading List
    • A working document compiled by Andrea Aebersold, University of California, Irvine, with the goal of better understanding anti-racist pedagogy in higher education. Sources will continue to be added.
  • Anti-Racist Resource Guide
    • This document was created by Victoria Alexander, University of Maryland, to be used as a resource for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of anti-racism and get involved to combat racism, specifically as it relates to anti-Blackness and police violence. The guide contains a variety of resources to explore practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity, white supremacy, police violence, and injustice.
  • Antiracist Resources for Your 2020-2021 Teaching
    • This site, maintained by the Modern Language Association, lists resources to use in teaching to acknowledge and address the history, theory, and literature, in order to contextualize the activism in the US around racism in the summer of 2020.

Big 10 Anti-Racist Resources

Inclusive Teaching Experts

  • According to scholars Viji Sathy and Kelly A. Hogan, “Teaching inclusively means embracing student diversity in all forms — race, ethnicity, gender, disability, socioeconomic background, ideology, even personality traits like introversion — as an asset.” Sathy and Hogan argue that inclusive teaching expects courses to be designed and taught “in ways that foster talent in all students, but especially those who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.”
  • Check out their inclusive teaching resources at inclusifiED.

Big 10 Inclusive Teaching Resources

National Inclusive Teaching Resources

Additional Resources

Inclusive Teaching Research

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Research

  • Case, Alissa, and Ezekiel Joubert. Teaching in Disruptive Bodies: Finding Joy, Resistance and Embodied Knowing through Collaborative Critical Praxis.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 33, no. 2 (2019): 192-201, DOI: 1080/09518398.2019.1681539
  • Kishimoto, Kyoko. “Anti-Racist Pedagogy: From Faculty’s Self-reflection to Organizing within and beyond the Classroom.” Race Ethnicity and Education 21, no. 4 (2018): 540-554, https://doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2016.1248824
  • Moore, Heather Cherie. “Teaching in Grief: Critical Reflections, Redefining Justice, and a Reorientation to Teaching.” Radical Teacher 106 (2016), DOI: 5195/rt.2016.303 
  • Powell, J., and A. Kelly. “Accomplices in the Academy in the Age of Black Lives Matter.” Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 6, no. 2 (2017). https://doi.org/10.31274/jctp-180810-73