Paper handout of UVA Acts Inclusive Teaching Toolkit

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Inclusive Teaching Toolkit

For department (or school)-wide work around equitable teaching, we suggest going through each of the three Inclusive Teaching Toolkit modules. These modules are designed to facilitate productive dialogue between faculty members, with the goals of: recognizing harmful and marginalizing teaching practices, developing commonly shared concepts and vocabulary (ie., transparency, intent vs. impact, belonging), and learning evidence-based practices shown to support equity in the classroom. The Inclusive Teaching Toolkit is a primer for deeper work like anti-racist pedagogy, bystander intervention, and shared power in the classroom. As such, we highly recommend that every group start here--with everyone involved--knowing that each individual will be at a different level of understanding around these concepts.

Two of these modules are available online this semester. The First Days module uses an analysis of the first moments of a semester to analyze and understand how power, inclusiveness, and belonging are communicated to students. The Lectures module considers how faculty can cultivate a sense of belonging through the choices they make in lecture-based courses. Each of these modules focus on key principles of equitable teaching practice: Connection, Affirmation, Reframing, and Explaining. Through engaging scenes and carefully designed interactive moments, participants consider inclusive teaching principles and practice context-specific applications.

Both online, synchronous programs of the Inclusive Teaching Toolkit require 90 minutes. The asynchronous version of First Days requires approximately one hour.

Equitable Teaching Practice

Faculty Inclusion and Institutional Climate