Save The Date: SBCTC to Offer 2-Day Fall Institute on Transparent Teaching

From Gate Keeper to Gateway

Revising Your Course to Create Equitable Learning Environments
September 6 and 7, 2017
South Seattle Georgetown

What:

During this two day fall institute, you’ll work collaboratively with other faculty members to reflect on your stance as an educator, and to re-design the instructional materials of your course—namely the syllabus and two assignments— to ensure they are transparent to your students.  Research shows that low-stakes changes to the artifacts of your classroom can be high impact in terms of ensuring learning and increasing student success outcomes (such as completions).

  • Along the way, you will get hands-on experience with research-based  best practices that are demonstrably equity-producing
  • Reflect on your stance as an educator using the Diversity and Opportunity Gap Framework
  • Ensure your classroom artifacts are accessible using the principles of Universal Design for Learners (UDL)
  • Collaboratively revise two out-of-class assignments using the transparent assignment template with the help of a “disciplinary stranger”
  • Develop a plan to teach the two assignments using transparent methods

 Why:

  • A large percentage of the students who enroll in our courses are impacted by opportunity gaps.
  • The term “opportunity gaps” refers to the consequences of both individual and institutional practices that result in students experiencing uneven and inequitable opportunities to learn. These opportunity gaps tend to fall along the lines of race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
  • Opportunity gaps can be addressed through rigorous use of equity frameworks that help educators identify and critique common misconceptions, including the use of a “color blind” perspective, or adhering to the “myth of meritocracy” in thinking about student achievement.

 For Who:

To create a shared language around high-impact practices, as well as to help students avoid having to “re-invent the university” in every class, faculty are encouraged to attend in campus teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary) of 3 to 5.

Cost: 

Individual participants– $150 each

Team– $125 each

How To Register:

Registration information will be available on the SBCTC website the last week of April.  Space is limited to 40, so register well before the deadline of May 1st, 2017.

Got Questions?

Contact Jennifer Whetham or Emily Lardner of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education