Inclusive Teaching Resources and Strategies

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Inclusive Teaching Strategies

In any discipline or field, a key goal as well as challenge is supporting the learning of all students. Through programs, consultations, and resources, CRLT supports teachers in creating learning environments where students of all identities and backgrounds can flourish. This page features a range of online resources that define inclusive teaching and provide specific strategies for practicing it.

CRLT Resources

Overview of Equity-focused Teaching at the University of Michigan: This page discusses a definition and several key aspects of inclusive teaching.

Principles, Strategies and Resources for Equity-focused Teaching: This document lists specific strategies for fostering five dimensions of inclusive teaching. Instructors can use it to reflect upon practices they already use or might adopt.

The Research Basis for Equity-focused Teaching: This webpage provides an overview of the kinds of evidence that demonstrate inclusive teaching practices can benefit all students' learning.

Setting the Tone for Inclusion: This document suggests concrete practices for intentionally establishing an inclusive learning environment in any discipline.

Teaching to Counteract Stereotype Threat: This document provides an overview of stereotype threat and concrete strategies for counteracting stereotype threat in your teaching.

Our blog regularly features posts on specific inclusive teaching strategies. Topics include:

Our website also features videos featuring U-M Thurnau Professors putting various inclusive teaching strategies into action. 

The CRLT Players perform sketches that spark discussion about building more equitable and inclusive classroom and institutional climates.

Resources from U-M Partners

LSA Inclusive Teaching website:  Developed by LSA's Undergraduate Education Climate Committee, this site features activities to increase inclusion in classrooms, annotations of relevant research articles, and stories from instructors and students about their classroom experiences.  

University of Michigan Student Profiles (pdf): This document provides profiles of U-M's incoming students compared to other highly-selective institutions over time. This data can help instructors understand more about U-M students' background knowledge, experience, and goals; prompt instructors to reflect on their own assumptions about students, and facilitate the cultivation of deliberately inclusive classrooms. 

U-M Undergraduates, Responses to Diversity Issues & General Student Experiences (pdf): This document provides data about University of Michigan seniors'  perspectives of diversity on campus according to ethnicity. 

Practical Tips for New Graduate Student Instructors Who Have Been Educated Internationally: This page offers advice and practical suggestions for internationally-educated GSIs who may be new to teaching at U-M.

Resources from around the web

Key teaching strategies to engage students from a range of academic or social backgrounds

Reflective Strategies for Faculty

Information on course planning

Creating Inclusive Syllabi

For Specific Contexts

CRLT Occasional Papers