Fall Learning Opportunities

Inclusive Online Instruction Table Talks

The Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity invites Educator Preparation Program (EPP) members from Minority Serving Institutions to a three-part Table Talk series that centers inclusion in online instruction. This highly interactive, three-part virtual series will address the following topics. Participation in each session is limited to 20 persons.

Part I: Framing Inclusive Online Instruction with Equity at the Forefront

Wednesday, October 7th 1:00 – 2:30 (CST)
AUDIENCE: FACULTY, CHAIRS, & DEANS
Issues of inequity are often the underlying causes for why we need to make online instruction inclusive. This interactive Table Talk session will offer a conceptual framework which puts inequities front and center to influence macro and micro decisions and actions at course and EPP level about online instruction. Participants will have an opportunity to practice applying an equity lens to authentic contexts. Join us!

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Part II: Humanizing and Democratizing Online Teaching

Wednesday, October 14th 1:00 – 2:30 (CST)
AUDIENCE: FACULTY
How can instructors cultivate online learning environments where learners are recognized and enabled to fully participate? This session will explore the many ways learners’ online learning experiences can be humanized and democratized. Join us!

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Part III: Ensuring Learners’ Psychological Safety in Online Learning Environments

Wednesday, October 21st 1:00 – 2:00 (CST)
AUDIENCE: FACULTY
A tenet of inclusive teaching is ensuring the safety of all learners. We know from research that online courses could open more avenues for marginalization of learners who often experience microaggressions via their race, language status, sexuality, ability, or other positionalities. “When I see marginalizing behaviors in online course interactions, how can I handle them?” is a question we will address in this Table Talk session. Join us!

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Together We Flourish: How to Show Up for Candidates Through the Pandemic and Beyond

October 27th – 28th
AUDIENCE: FACULTY AND STAFF TEAMS
The Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) invites you to join us for our Fall Intensive Team Virtual Learning Summit, “Together We Flourish: How to Show Up for Candidates Through the Pandemic and Beyond.” The Learning Summit has been designed to empower attendees to support teacher candidates during the time of the pandemic of 2020 and beyond. Aligning with the BranchED Quality Framework principle, Equitable Experiences, participants in this two-day virtual Summit will be able to: (1) Reflect on the impact of intersectional identities on candidate support during the pandemic and beyond. (2) Explore practices for inclusively supporting candidates during the pandemic and beyond. (3) Consider advising strategies that equitably advocate for candidates during the pandemic and beyond. (4) Analyze the EPP’s practices for building and maintaining strong relationships among students and faculty during the pandemic and beyond.

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Develop Equity-Oriented Open Education Resources for your Next Class

December 8th and 9th
AUDIENCE: FACULTY
The Learning Summit has been designed to empower attendees to support teacher candidates during the time of the pandemic of 2020 in the following areas of the BranchED Equitable Experiences framework principle: 1.Duty of Care, 2. Advising, 3. Support Structures and 4. Strong Relationships. By the end of this two-day virtual summit, each participant will have written a credo, or statement of personal beliefs about supporting candidates that can be referred to when decisions need to be made or that can be shared with others in the EPP to guide actions and processes.

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Community Conversations

October 16th
AUDIENCE: MSI EPP Leaders
We invite you to join the BranchED “MSI EPP Leaders Only” Community Conversations, which serve as a space for MSI EPP leaders to connect with their colleagues, discuss current realties and pressing considerations, share what is working, collectively problem solve, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

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