Friday, November 24, 2017

AAS Teaching Workshop

In conjunction with the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, January 8-12, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Teaching for Equity

Monday, 8 January | 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Organizer: Kim Coble, San Francisco State University
Complimentary with meeting registration
Even if you have already registered for the meeting, you can still sign up! Just go to the registration page and add this FREE workshop.
This workshop is aimed at instructors who are working toward or looking to create learning environments that are inclusive, supportive, and rigorous, where diverse perspectives are represented, and students and faculty can thrive. Topics addressed are drawn from the Inclusive Astronomy recommendations for teaching and include: (1) identifying the strengths, weaknesses, needs, and resources our students bring to the classroom, including cultural capital; (2) techniques for understanding and influencing classroom climate and dynamics; and (3) creating an affirming and accessible physical space. We will learn from each other’s teaching experiences as well as literature, and discuss structural and pedagogical practices that can help us advance toward these goals. The teaching practices presented will be research-informed and research-validated, with evidence of equitable outcomes for all intersections of student identities in terms of psychosocial shifts and academic success. Resources provided will include examples of: syllabus evaluation tools, classroom codes of conduct and “ground rules,” literature on social justice pedagogy, and formative and summative assessment tools. By the end of the workshop, participants will identify concrete changes they can make in their courses or departments and create an implementation and assessment plan.

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