Join fellow graduate students, postdocs, and CTL staff for sustained cross-disciplinary conversation on critical topics in teaching and learning.
The GSPD Reading Community discussion this summer will involve chapters from Kathryn C. Oleson’s recent book, Promoting Inclusive Classroom Dynamics in Higher Education. In this book, Oleson draws on recent research in educational psychology, as well as on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and social justice theory to provide practical strategies that can be used to create an inclusive environment where all students are able to learn and thrive.
Participants are required to attend all meetings. Participants who are local and can pick up their book at WashU will receive a copy of the book courtesy of the CTL. Priority registration will be given to those who are in their 3rd years or beyond and who have engaged with the CTL in other contexts. Seats are limited. This program will take place via Zoom to accommodate those who are not in Saint Louis for the summer.
Meetings will be from 2-3pm on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays:
July 12: Chapter 1: Instructors (Considers instructors’ intersecting personal and social identities and their expectations for themselves and students.)
July 14: Chapter 2: Students (Considers students’ backgrounds and basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and belonging.)
July 19: Chapter 3: Context and Content (Considers universal design for learning in combination with social justice and multiculturalism in presenting methods about how to make the classroom more welcoming, meaningful, and engaging for students.)
July 21: Chapter 4: Class Dynamics I (Focuses on preparation for having difficult conversations in the classroom.)
July 26: Chapter 5: Class Dynamics II (Focuses on in-the-moment strategies that help manage discomfort about sensitive topics while supporting students identities.)
July 28: Chapter 6: Conclusion
For questions about the Graduate Student & Postdoc Reading Community, please contact Dr. Meg Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org.