Over the past three years, thanks to a generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation*, seven faculty learning communities met for a year to a year and a half to explore the topic of teaching for inclusive excellence, asking themselves questions like: “How do we teach inclusively at Tufts? How can we leverage the diversity in our classrooms to develop excellence in our learners? How do we facilitate and respond to difficult dialogues? What does it mean to teach for inclusive excellence in the STEM disciplines? In online environments?”
What are the Learning Communities?
These self-directed interdisciplinary groups of up to 12 faculty met regularly to learn together from the literature, other universities, experts on these topics, and connect to their personal experience.
The members of these communities shared their work at a symposium in 2015, and at a regional conference combined with the Tufts Teaching Conference.
*These faculty development activities are made possible by a generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Emily Davis after Mr. Davis’ retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarket, Inc.