To Include is To Excel is an initiative that reflects St. Olaf’s conviction that inclusion, equity, and excellence are inextricably intertwined. We aim to transform our curriculum and our teaching practices for new generations of students.
To Include is To Excel sponsored our first innovative teaching summit with Brave New Workshop for faculty and staff to examine our current mindset and imagine possibilities for change. The goal of the second summit, Inclusive Pedagogy: Deeper Practice, was to apply more broadly what we’ve learned about inclusive pedagogy and move toward equitable curriculum and classrooms.
To that end, in 2020-21 To Include is To Excel is collaborating with the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts to offer Teaching Summit events during Thursday Community Time on the dates listed below. The goal of this final summit series is to showcase examples of new expertise and outcomes developed from grant funded pedagogy and curriculum projects.
As the grant comes to a close, we aim to foster continued growth as we live out our steadfast commitment to equitable, inclusive, and antiracist teaching excellence.
Recordings of the Summits:
Thursday, April 1: Student Success in Gateway and Core Courses
Thursday, Marh 11: Program Level Transformation
Transforming teaching: Beyond the summits
The focus of this workshop is to illustrate and demonstrate ideas on how to reinvigorate existing core/gateway courses that are taught by a number of different faculty. Faculty from different programs, Emily Mohl, Ariel Strichartz, and David Walmsley, will share their expertise on the process of how to move from a good idea to a revised curriculum and/or pedagogy, focusing both on the kinds of changes to consider and the structural opportunities and challenges associated with making such changes in a core course.
Panelists: Emily Mohl, Ariel Strichartz, and David Walmsley
We offer a panel discussion among faculty leaders from across campus who transformed how they offer their whole programs and majors.
Panelists: Alden Adolph, Anthony Bateza, Kiara Jorgenson, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and Kari Lie Dorer
Resources shared at the Summit:
- Updated Race and Ethnic Studies ILOs
- Learning Resources for Critical Ethnic and Indigenous Studies – Co-sponsored by Race and Ethnic Studies and Sociology/Anthropology with research associates Israa Khalifa ’20 and Or Pansky ’20
- Dr. Jane Rhodes profile – Dr. Rhodes will serve as a consultant to help Race and Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies think through questions of forming a new department together.
- American Institute of Physics report on “Systemic Changes to Increase African Americans with Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics and Astronomy”
- Critical Race Studies in Education Association – Lamar Gayles ’19 presented his research on the history of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf at a CRSEA conference
- Godt i gang – Modules and digital aids created for intermediate and advanced Norwegian classes across the Norwegian field.