Call for Spring 2022 Teaching Circles (due Feb. 9)

When is the last time you and colleagues had the opportunity to sit down together and just talk about teaching and learning? Do you miss those meaningful discussions that it seems there is no time for today? Let CATL help you with our Spring 2022 Teaching Circles. Yes, there will be some time commitment, but the return on investment may be well worth it: connection, community, and renewed teaching energy.   

What are Teaching Circles?

Faculty-led, seminar-style monthly reading and/or discussion groups in which instructors engage with a concept or issue relevant to their teaching 

What would we talk about?

Here is a list of potential Spring 2022 topics:

  • Book group – What Inclusive Instructors Do  
  • Book group – Ungrading  
  • Emotional Labor in Teaching 
  • Teaching, Misinformation, and Science (or Information Literacy) 
  • Promoting Discussion/Engagement in Different Course Modalities 
  • OR Propose your own Teaching Circle topic! 

How can you participate?

  1. Propose a Teaching Circle: Gather a group of interested colleagues and email with your participant names and Teaching Circle topic pitch. Let us know if you think others from across campus might wish to join! Teaching Circles may be led by you or a colleague with support from CATL staff.  
  2. Express Interest in Joining a Teaching Circle: If you would like to join a Teaching Circle on a specific topic but don’t have a group of people identified, please email with your name and topic of interest. We will work to form groups, if possible, or advertise in our Teach Tuesday emails for potential members. 

How will CATL Support a Teaching Circle?

CATL staff can collect registrations, and/or provide suggested activities and structure, as well as share links to the e-books above (What Inclusive Instructors Do & Ungrading)  which are available online. We may be able to provide other books of interest. A small stipend is available for the leaders of Teaching Circles for organizing the group and its meetings.  

First deadline for proposals: Feb. 9; we’ll issue a call for participants by Feb. 15 

Follow up: “Niceness” and Inequality in Teaching and Learning

Below is the recording of the presentation and discussion with Christin DePouw “‘Niceness’ and Inequality in Teaching and Learning” from Thursday, Jan. 13,  2022. We’ve provided the video as a PlayPosit Bulb so that you can engage with questions from the workshop facilitator.

To view the bulb, type your first and last name, then click “Save.”

Presentation & Discussion: Culturally Sustaining/Responsive Pedagogy (CSRP) and Moving Beyond Guest Speakers (Feb. 17, 1–2 p.m.)

Join Christin DePouw (Associate Professor, Education & 2021-22 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant) and Lisa Poupart (Associate Professor, First Nations Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Humanities) for a presentation and guided conversation, on Feb. 17, from 1–2 p.m. In this conversation, we consider the reliance on guest speakers within EDI work and how this “add on” approach limits true institutional transformation. We will discuss the additional professional and personal burdens that these requests place on colleagues of color and Indigenous colleagues, the role of Indigenous values (Christensen, 2011; Christensen & Poupart, n.d.2012) of respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and relationship in fostering equity-oriented instruction, and how equity-oriented educators can build their own capacity to integrate their curriculum and instruction beyond the use of guest speakers.

Register here for a Teams Meeting

Resources and Session Recording

You can watch the recording from this session and engage with some reflection questions with the PlayPosit bulb in this blog post.

Opening Access: Understanding the Neuroscience of Traumatic Stress and Its Impact on Engagement and Learning with Dr. Mays Imad (Feb. 21, 3–4:30 p.m.)

Join Dr. Mays Imad and the CATL staff on Feb. 21 from 3–4:30 p.m. as we consider the notion of psychological trauma—why it happens and how it impacts our body and brain. We will examine the connections between stress and trauma and how stress can become traumatic when not acknowledged or managed. We will examine the neuroscience of traumatic stress and its impact on our ability to engage, connect, and learn. We will reflect on the questions of how we will welcome our students and colleagues to our institutions and classrooms this semester and beyond. What can we, educators, possibly do to help attend to their mental health and ameliorate their exhaustion and distress, while at the same time intentionally engaging in self-care? We will consider the imperative of self-care while caring for others. Last, we will examine the principles, notable misconceptions, and practical examples of trauma-informed care, and reflect on the connections between trauma-informed education, healing, and restorative justice.

RSVP here for a Zoom Meeting Invitation

Resources and Session Recording

View a selection of follow-up resources on trauma-informed pedagogy and the session recording (requires UWGB credentials to view).

2022 Post-IDI Workshops: Addressing the Barriers to a Welcoming Learning Environment (Jan. 14 & 18)

In alignment with Dr. Tracie Addy’s keynote address and workshop at the Instructional Development Institute, we wish to create opportunities for instructors to work together and address barriers to creating welcoming learning environments. Think of this as structured work-time with colleagues rather than a workshop or a presentation about the topic! 

CATL will facilitate one-hour sessions on Jan. 14 and 18 to coordinate co-working with colleagues who have similar goals for making courses more inclusive. Save your seat by registering here.

  • Jan. 14 from 8–9 a.m. | Open Workshop Time
    • Explore a workshop idea of your own to create a welcoming learning environment
  • Jan. 14 from 9–10 a.m. | Equity-minded or Inclusive Pedagogy 
    • Rework your syllabus (perhaps using CATL’s liquid syllabus template) and have it peer reviewed
    • Create a new introductory activity to foster belonging
    • Explore OER that might be suitable for your course
    • Explore options for labor-based grading
  • Jan. 14 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. | Vendor Training with PlayPosit About How to Use Peer Review Features
  • Jan. 14 from 2:30–3:30 p.m. | Equitable Course Design
    • Discuss course alignment between assessments and outcomes with a friend for another perspective
    • Develop and/or get feedback on the scaffolding you’ve created for a project
    • Create or revise a rubric to use clear, student-centered language and relevant, measurable criteria
  • Jan. 18 from 9–10 a.m.| Open Workshop Time
    • Explore a workshop idea of your own to create a welcoming learning environment
  • Jan. 18 between 10 a.m.–1 p.m.| Make Your Learning Materials Accessible
    • Identify an area in your course where you can offer an alternate means of engagement, representation, or action/expression
    • Learn to use the UDOIT accessibility checker
  • Jan. 18 from 2–3 p.m.| Open Workshop Time
    • Explore a workshop idea of your own to create a welcoming learning environment