Navigating Challenging Discussions in the Classroom
Wednesday, September 2, 10:00am-11:45am, FPH Lounge
Building on the significant interest in this topic at May’s Celebration of Teaching, this workshop will engage faculty in sharing and developing strategies for inclusive teaching that involve inviting and facilitating discussion across different perspectives and experiences.
This workshop will be led by Becky Wai-Ling Packard, professor of psychology and education and the Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mt. Holyoke College. At the Weissman Center, Dr. Packard is responsible for Teaching and Learning Initiatives and new faculty mentoring. Packard’s research focuses on mentoring, with an emphasis on the experiences of first-generation college students, women, nontraditional-aged students, and persons of color in higher education.
While educational inequity is a structural issue that requires institutional and policy changes, there are micro-level interventions that can support students’ success and achievement involving visioning and personal reflection. If you get a chance, take a look at this 2015 study by Schippers et al. The authors argue for the significance of structured goal setting and reflective writing on student academic performance and retention. The authors note that, “overall, the results indicate that a comprehensive goal-setting intervention implemented early in students’ academic careers can significantly and substantially reduce gender and ethnic minority inequalities in achievement.” While you might find the intervention in the study to be too involved, it’s worth considering how we involve students in academic goal setting and detailed planning very early on in their college experience. Please share your strategies!