Inclusive Pedagogy means designing the learning environment to be meaningful, relevant, and accessible for every student in your course or program. This approach to teaching is demanded by our Georgetown values and supported by a deep, broad, and ever-growing body of research. But how exactly do you do inclusive pedagogy? CNDLS has created the Inclusive Pedagogy Toolkit to help.
Our new toolkit points toward five crucial aspects of teaching to examine: your course content, pedagogy, assessment techniques, climate, and power dynamics. Within those five areas, each of which is crucial to the equity and meaning of an educational environment, the Toolkit suggests more specific strategies to implement.
First, we’ve created an Introduction for folks who want to hear more about the core principles and scholarship behind Inclusive Pedagogy.
Second, as we explore each of the five aspects of teaching, we suggest 21 strategies and we:
- explain more fully the importance of each of these ideas and share scholarship that supports each one. These are the “WHY” sections of the Toolkit;
- offer lots of specific, concrete examples for how to carry out those ideas in the design of your teaching and learning spaces. These are the “HOW” sections of the Toolkit.
The topics addressed by the Toolkit cover a wide range of teaching decisions and situations, including ways to: increase the diversity of perspectives in course materials, identify and interrupt implicit bias, build rapport with students and help them bring their multiple and varied strengths to the conversation, make assessment fair and accurate, share responsibilities with your students, promote anti-racism in your courses, and a lot more.
We hope this toolkit will help you appreciate and navigate the richness and complexity of teaching. Even more, we hope it will support you in your efforts to foster an environment in which all of your students can thrive.