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Inclusive Teaching

*Edited from: Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence


Inclusive teaching refers to any number of teaching approaches that address the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities. These strategies contribute to an overall inclusive learning environment, in which students feel equally valued.


Why use inclusive teaching strategies?

“Even though some of us might wish to conceptualize our classrooms as culturally neutral or might choose to ignore the cultural dimensions, students cannot check their sociocultural identities at the door, nor can they instantly transcend their current level of development… Therefore, it is important that the pedagogical strategies we employ in the classroom reflect an understanding of social identity development so that we can anticipate the tensions that might occur in the classroom and be proactive about them” (Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M.W., DiPietro, M. & Lovett, M.C. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass. ).


How does inclusive teaching improve student engagement and learning?

  • You can connect with and engage with a variety of students.
  • You are prepared for “spark moments” or issues that arise when controversial material is discussed.
  • Students connect with course materials that are relevant to them.
  • Students feel comfortable in the classroom environment to voice their ideas/thoughts/questions.
  • Students are more likely to experience success in your course through activities that support their learning styles, abilities, and backgrounds.

What are some strategies for engaging in inclusive teaching and learning?

The Faculty Center at Western Washington University offers a great, comprehensive resource called the Inclusive Teaching Toolkit

You'll find a wide variety of resources here to assist you in determining inclusive teaching strategies for various problems, situations, or general use.


Additional resources to help you achieve an inclusive classroom:


Benefits & Challenges in Diverse Campus Communities
Creating Inclusive College Classrooms
Teaching and Learning in Diverse Environments: Affirming and Empowering Learners
Talking about race in diverse classrooms
Managing Difficult Classroom Diversity Dynamics
Case Studies in Inclusive Teaching
Growth Mindsets
Diversity Web

PowerPoint, Videos, & Research on Classroom Inclusivity and Diversity

What LGBTQ Students Want You To Know
This compelling video explains what LGVTQ students want university faculty to understand and know.

Big Data Big Picture: Opportunities and Challenges for Diversifying the Faculty


Teaching For Inclusivity

This document provides multiple practical strategies for inclusivity - including teaching strategies that foster learning for all
learning styles. It is a MUST READ for anyone who teaches in the multi-cultural classroom.

High Impact Practices for Underserved Students


Culturally Responsive Pedagogy


Most faculty believe that being culturally responsive will take valuable "time" away from course content, to the contrary,
being culturally responsive will engage students as learners and they will be more likely to engage with the course content
and you! I've written a brief for you to frame our conversation about what it means to be culturally responsive at CSULB.
This lesson contains some of the most compelling research, to date, on why and how we MUST teach in culturally responsive
ways to foster student learning.

The Beach provides many “non-course” opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn about facets of our diverse community. Additional learning opportunities provided by our campus include the following:

Accessibility Training:
http://daf.csulb.edu/offices/its/service/software-training/tutorial/video1.php
http://daf.csulb.edu/offices/its/service/software-training/tutorial/video2.php
Autism Ally:
http://web.csulb.edu/divisions/students/dss/programs/autism_services/autism_ally.htm
Safe-Zone, LGTBQ Training (Faculty and Staff):
http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/safe-zone/
Students Talk About Race (STAR) Diversity Training Workshop:
http://web.csulb.edu/divisions/students/mcc/star.html
Vet Net Ally Awareness Program:
http://web.csulb.edu/divisions/students/veterans_university/awareness.html