Professional Learning:

Inclusive Strategies

Inclusive Strategies

Inclusive education is a lens to consider when we design curriculum, courses, our learning environment, teaching practices, and assessments. We want to provide all students, regardless of their background, with the opportunity to fulfill their own learning potential and to support other students who may wish to learn from them. Inclusive education shifts teaching and learning from being teacher-centered to student-centered.

Inclusiveness is influenced by:

We invite you to explore the guide and additional resources below for more information and best practices.

Inclusion and Return to Campus

Teaching Spotlight

Allison A. Taylor, Professor, Career/College Prep - Cornwall

"To me, inclusive teaching starts with letting go of any assumptions about my students so that I can effectively meet them where they are - not where I think they are or should be. This allows me to better support them in that moment. There are different ways to achieve the same end result, and I need to be flexible in both delivery and assessment as students' needs warrant. 

Approaching students with curiosity and humility about their individual needs, backgrounds, and stories helps build relationships and trust. And more often than not, I end up learning as much as they do!"

Go Beyond - Find opportunities to embed these topics in every conversations with students 

Black History Month Resources for Educators

Black History month in Canada will begin on Feb 1. We invite faculty/staff to review this collection of resources as a starting point to self-educate but encourage everyone to engage in critical conversations throughout the year after these events. 

Ref : CBC Live

Anti-Racism Resources

Embed discussions on anti-racism in your lessons by reviewing the following resources. These discussions should be at the forefront of every topic as we continue to create a sense of belonging at SLC.

Pride Month Resources for Educators

June is Pride Month when we celebrate the gender and sexual diversity of college and community. Please review the following resources to support and celebrate Pride in your classes.

Creating Accessible Learning Environments for All

Why is everyone talking about UDL?

In contemporary education, you will encounter a lot of acronyms so it's sometimes difficult to remember the impact of each concept on teaching and learning. The concept of UDL, also know as Universal Design for Learning, is a key ingredient to effective instruction as it reminds educators to diversify their teaching approach to accommodate all learners. The implementation of UDL also reinforces the importance of creating accessible documentation so that students may engage with the multiple means of representation. 

This section will provides some basic information on UDL as a starting point but will feature more resources as we dive deeper into this concept as part of our teaching practice.

Teaching Spotlight

Karen Ducharme, Professor, Career/Prep & Post-Secondary Programs - Kingston

"Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles has allowed me to create a learning environment that is inclusive, where all my students have an equitable opportunity for success. Creating an inclusive learning experience impacts all aspects of my teaching: the design of my course, the delivery methods used to teach the curriculum, my choice of assessments, and even my interactions with my students.  My experience using UDL has been quite positive; it has helped me to establish a classroom environment that fosters a sense of belonging and engagement, where students feel supported. "

Exercise: Overview of Universal Design for Learning

We encourage faculty and staff to engage in the following interactive exercise to learn more about the principles of UDL.