Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
The Searle Center focuses on enhancing learning and teaching at all levels of the University and is dedicated to three core activities: faculty development; graduate student and postdoctoral scholar development; and assessment, evaluation, and education research. Through its wide range of programs, services, and research, the Searle Center assists all members of the Northwestern community in developing highly effective learning environments and experiences for their students, their colleagues, and themselves. Since its founding, the Center has substantially grown in breadth and reach, and its staff make meaningful contributions nationally and internationally to the literature on learning and teaching.
Inclusive teaching refers to pedagogy that strives to serve the needs of all students, regardless of their backgrounds or identities, and to support their engagement with subject material. This may include strategies such as using course material and pedagogies that consider and acknowledge the various pre-college backgrounds and contexts of students as well as requiring instructors to think about their own identities with respect to the content they teach. It also means creating a space where all voices are included in class discussions.