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Inclusive Teaching at Northwestern

Coming Soon: Northwestern Principles of Inclusive Teaching

Developed for Northwestern instructors by Northwestern partners in the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Equity, and the Office of the Provost. This document is part of an effort to create a set of educational opportunities and resources for instructors that will help us establish more inclusive teaching and learning environments across campus. The document provides both theoretical principles and practical suggestions that are relevant across disciplines and classroom formats, including remote and in-person. 

A preview is available here. The complete resource will be available in early summer. All instructors (faculty, grad students, postdocs and staff who teach) are invited to join the Inclusive Teaching Practicum.

Inclusive Teaching Practicum

The Inclusive Teaching Practicum is a three-week program designed for instructors of all levels, backgrounds and teaching contexts. The Practicum is based on the University’s Inclusive Teaching Principles and weaves together interactive synchronous sessions, asynchronous learning activities, individual consultations, and opportunities to learn from experts and peers. Please note: This program has a different focus and curriculum from A Seat at the Table offered by the Searle Center.

By participating in this three-week practicum, participants will:

  • Develop a critical awareness of their own identities, positionality and assumptions and how those constructs have informed their practice as educators
  • Interrogate what they privilege, highlight, ignore or silence in their course materials, activities and assessments
  • Reflect on what they are doing to promote an affirming classroom climate and apply strategies for developing inclusive learning environments
  • Recognize and be responsive to the ways current events can impact students, their identities and their learning
  • Apply inclusive teaching principles to their specific course materials and contexts

The practicum will run during these dates:

  • Aug. 16-Sept. 2, 2021
  • Oct. 11-29, 2021
  • Nov. 1-19, 2021

Registration will be open soon.

The Practicum is a collaboration of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, AccessibleNU, the Office of Equity, Social Justice Education, University Libraries, Academic Technologies and the Office of the Provost.

Inclusive Teaching Principles