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Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence

The Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The TTIE program is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students to strengthen their strategic diversity leadership capacities both within and outside their classroom and to support USC’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Program Description

Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence addresses teaching philosophies and practices by integrating pedagogical principles aligned with inclusive excellence into the classroom environment, course design and assignments that increase awareness of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as cultural competence, civic engagement and civil discourse. Key outcomes for participants include obtaining a deeper understanding of the people, practices and initiatives that support and foster diversity at USC, as well as obtaining ideas, strategies and resources that instructors can use to both build their diversity competencies and identify areas of diversity partnership across the institution.

Requirements

Faculty, instructors and teaching graduate assistants who participate in eight or more Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence approved Center for Teaching Excellence workshops will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation and recognition on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s website. Participants will be required to attend the Inclusive Excellence at UofSC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the certificate.

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Required Workshops

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University’s effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.  Register 

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University’s effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.  Register 

Elective Workshops

This webinar is designed to support educators who are striving to engage the cultures and diversities in the classroom centered around today’s politics.  Register 

Effective teaching is a critical element in the university classroom. With an increasing number of students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) pursuing college degrees, university faculty benefit from understanding the characteristics and impact of learning disabilities on their students. This presentation will provide insight into the variety of characteristics of SLD’s and the challenges that this diverse population of students encounter in college. A further goal is that this understanding will increase your confidence in partnering with students with SLD’s to provide effective accommodations that “level the playing field” for them such that they are able to access and master the material from your class.  Register

All learners have varying needs and abilities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) employs a variety of instructional methods to eliminate barriers to learning and offer all students opportunities for learning success. This interactive webinar presents the impact of accessibility and the integration of tools and resources that facilitate multi-modal learning for everyone, along with proven strategies for implementing accessibility and multi-modal learning into physical and digital classroom environments.

Participants will compare foundational concepts of universal design (UD), universal access (UA), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); apply principles of UD, UA, and UDL to access the abilities of all students; and review instructional and assistive technologies as tools to facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  Register 

This webinar will provide strategies and pedagogical theories to increase awareness and understanding of how to create learning environments, and instructional methods that validate and reflect the diversity, identities, and experiences of all students.  Register

Our nation is at a crossroads. Although we may work and/or attend school with persons of many various backgrounds and world views, being physically close to each other is not necessarily helping us to get along with each other. So many of us seem to have opposing political and social ideologies and are exposed to rhetoric in social media and traditional media sources which are leading us to become increasingly more polarized and in some cases even leads to violence. Can opening the door to more effective communication help us to become “one nation, under God” again?  Register

A viewing of Talking Black in America, a five part documentary series, will be showcased followed by Q&A session facilitated by Tracey Weldon-Stewart.

Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality. Filmed across the United States, Talking Black in America is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity and triumph over adversity.  Register

When considering buzz words such as diversity, culture and multilingualism, have you ever stopped to reflect on how these terms are connected to your own life? Have you ever wondered about the students in your future classrooms and how their unique backgrounds will impact the methods you engage in teaching and learning with not only those them but their first teachers as well, their families? This presentation will delve into these concepts and leave the participants more aware of barriers, assets and ways to engage diverse children and families in education.   Register

If you know me, you can teach me. This interactive presentation will explore issues of diversity, engagement and how every teacher must first, be willing to be the student. We will further consider how concepts of race, ethnicity, class, gender and culture intersect in school curriculum. Participants will be provided with viable tools and strategies that can be easily implemented to aid teachers in building relationships with students and gaining the positionality needed to learn from students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. To further understand the magnitude of being granted both the access and the acclaim of the title – Teacher.   Register

Universal Design of Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that ensures that all students can learn and express their knowledge through engagement that highlights their learning styles and interest. In this session, we will explore the basic concepts of UDL, discuss simple ways to offer varieties in how we engage students, how students represent their knowledge, and how we introduce content. Resources for learning more about UDL will be shared.  Register


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