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Tip #4 from the Syllabus Challenge

Enhance visibility; highlight strengths. The Syllabus Challenge provides critically reflective questions and practical ideas for inclusive teaching in action. Check out Tips 1-3 here. In this issue, we shift our focus to what reading materials we require students to read over the course term. When we choose a text or reading, we are sending cues about what is valuable, worthy of …

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Tip #1 from the Syllabus Challenge

Update your terminology and phrasing. Some of you may be familiar with a pedagogical tool I began developing back in 2017. This living document continues to evolve four years later and will continue to evolve. In fact, I edited it this morning. The Syllabus Challenge provides critically reflective questions and practical ideas for inclusive teaching in action. …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 3: Teaching Silence and Culture vs. Critiquing Systems

What harm are we doing? Because my life allows for wonderful things, I recently read bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress for the third time. Although published in 1994, the wisdom in her work still rings true. Her timeless observations about liberatory critical pedagogies highlighted that little has shifted. As I was reading, one passage inspired …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 2: Inclusive does not equal anti-racist

We all want to be “inclusive. Nothing wrong with that. You may have picked up on the trend that diversity focuses on recruitment and maybe representation, but that we need to move deeper for inclusion. Same goes for inclusion being a wonderful shift in education, but we need a more critical approach to power and …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 1: Do we even know what anti-racist pedagogy means?

As I mentioned in previous posts and my recent workshops, academic use of the phrase “anti-racist pedagogy” (ARP) has sky rocketed since George Floyd’s death. Summer 2020 brought a wave of white academics calling for curricular transformation, many in response to student demands, to infuse anti-racism. And yet, if I asked 50 people what they …

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