Developing Strategies for Inclusive Teaching Practices

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8-11am PT / 9am-12pm MT / 10am-1pm CT / 11am-2pm ET Online


Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus
Angel Garcia, James Madison University
Amy Weislogel, West Virginia University
Yadira Ibarra, San Francisco State University

During this 3-day workshop, participants will learn to solicit diverse viewpoints and amplify voices of all students, to decolonize instruction and identify the influence of race and perspective, and work collaboratively to diversify course syllabi and classroom instruction.


During this workshop participants will be introduced to and engage in discussions around inclusive teaching practices and how to integrate culturally-relevant material when teaching. Over the duration of the workshop, participants will engage in activities and exercises around identity, intersectionality, and implicit biases. In addition, we are going to dedicate a portion of the workshop in the discussion of strategies on how to gather, organize, and introduce curricula material for the development of inclusive teaching in geosciences.

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Target Audience

This workshop is designed for all faculty and instructors interested in learning about and implementing strategies to improve inclusive teaching practices. Participants may be involved in teaching Earth science at the K-12, 2Y, and 4Y colleges level.


By participating in this workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to define intersectionality and evaluate the different types of identity that exist in our society.
  • Be able to define and identify how unconscious biases impact our teaching and our students.
  • Be able to summarize and compare strategies to prevent negative impacts of unconscious biases in their course.
  • Construct a sustainable action plan, based on strategies that can be implemented in the short-term.
  • Develop strategies for searching and organizing culturally-relevant information that can be introduced in the developing of some geoscientific ideas (ex. place-based education).
  • Be introduced to strategies to start collaboration efforts with communities in the co-creation of knowledge.
  • Be able to summarize ethical principles at the moment to share culturally-relevant knowledge.

Prior to the workshop

Reflect on what are some scenarios (ex. a specific topic that you teach in physical geology) that you might use to enrich your teaching through this workshop. You will build on this scenario as we move through the development of the workshop.

Please complete this Pre-workshop Survey.

We also recommend the following readings:

Anne-Marie Núñez, Jessica Rivera & Tyler Hallmark (2020) Applying an intersectionality lens to expand equity in the geosciences, Journal of Geoscience Education, 68:2, 97-114, DOI: 10.1080/10899995.2019.1675131

David-Chavez, D. M., Valdez, S., Estevez, J. B., Martínez, C. M., Angel A Garcia, J., Josephs, K., & Troncoso, A. (2020). Community-based (rooted) research for regeneration: Understanding benefits, barriers, and resources for Indigenous education and research: AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.

Garcia, A. A., Semken, S., & Brandt, E. (2020). The Construction of Cultural Consensus Models to Characterize Ethnogeological Knowledge. Geoheritage, 12(3), 59.

González-Espada, W., Llerandi-Román, P., Fortis-Santiago, Y., Guerrero-Medina, G., Ortiz-Vega, N., Feliú-Mójer, M., & Colón-Ramos, D. (2014). Impact of Culturally Relevant Contextualized Activities on Elementary and Middle School Students' Perceptions of Science: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 1–21.

Semken, S. (2005). Sense of place and place-based introductory geoscience teaching for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduates. Journal of Geoscience Education, 53(2), 149–157.

Format and proposed schedule

Days 1 and 2 will include introductions to topics around identities, intersection of identity, implicit bias, and what constitutes culturally-relevant, yet appropriate to share knowledge that is engaging to your students. The second day will include elements of group discussions, activities, and exercises to develop strategies to promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in our teaching practices. In addition, at the end of the second day, participants who have similar teaching interests will work collaboratively on modifying a particular activity, assignment, syllabi, etc. from their own course based on what it's been discussed during the workshop. During Day 3, we will work together to identify when and where our unconscious biases can negatively impact our studies. We will conclude the workshop with an open discussion on strategies to develop resources that promote accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in Earth science instruction in the long-term.

Participant Workspace

Participants will have access to a private Participant Workspace over the duration of the workshop.

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