Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Series

Difficult Dialogues: How to Approach Sensitive Subjects and Events in the Classroom

Do you say anything at all or just pretend like nothing happened?  Do you ask students how they are thinking and feeling? Do you share your personal views or remain a neutral third-party?  Managing hot topics and current events can be challenging for anyone, especially when they deeply affect the students we are here to educate.  Join us for an open discussion on different philosophies and practical guidance for course instructors and assistants.

 

Universal Design for Learning: Promoting Success for All Students

Ensuring that each of your students is held to the same performance standards is certainly important, but equality does not establish equal access and opportunity.  Come discuss the distinction and learn more about what you can do to make Maryland the gold standard for educational equity.  Topics include: accessibility & universal design, disabilities and accommodations, and inclusivity.

 

Promoting Success of Neurodivergent Students

We all process information in different ways and at different rates, and as such we all exist on a neurodiversity spectrum. Neurodivergent individuals process information outside the population norm, and may include people with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia/dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, etc. Due to better support within the K12 educational system, neurodivergent students are enrolling in college in higher numbers, and these highly capable students have unique needs to promote their academic success.

Starting Off On the Right Foot: Promoting Positive Classroom Climate and Student Inclusion

The research is clear - students are more engaged and have better learning outcomes when they perceive your course’s climate to be inclusive, positive, and supportive. Come learn why it matters and discuss concrete things that you can do to create and maintain a climate for learning, active engagement, and open dialogue.

Getting Metacognitive: Transforming Students into Learners

The more students understand about the science of their own learning, the more effective they are. Unfortunately, many struggle because misconceptions about memory lead to poor study strategies, assumptions about their own abilities limits growth, and subconscious motivations undermine academic goals. Come learn strategies for helping students become more self-aware and metacognitive learners.

Universal Design: Making Your Course Accessible to Everyone

Ensuring that each of your students is held to the same performance standards is certainly important, but equality does not establish equal access and opportunity. Come discuss the distinction and learn more about what you can do to make Maryland the gold standard for educational equity. Topics include: accessibility & universal design, disabilities and accommodations, and inclusivity.

Addressing Sensitive and Divisive Topics and Events

Do you say anything at all or just pretend like nothing happened? Do you ask students how they are thinking and feeling? Do you share your personal views or remain a neutral third-party? Managing hot topics and current events can be challenging for anyone, especially when they deeply affect the students we are here to educate. Join us for an open discussion on different philosophies and practical guidance for course instructors and assistants.

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