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From Gatekeeper to Gateway

Revising Your Course to Create Equitable Learning Environments

During this two day fall institute, you'll work collaboratively with other faculty members to reflect on your stance as an educator, and to re-design the instructional materials of your course — namely the syllabus and two assignments — to ensure they are transparent to your students.

Date and Location

Sept. 6 and 7, 2017

South Seattle College Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108



Emily Lardner
Director, Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education

Jennifer Whetham
Program Administrator, Faculty Development


Conference Features

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Research shows that low-stakes changes to the artifacts of your classroom can be high impact in terms of ensuring learning and increasing student success outcomes (such as completions).

Along the way, you will get hands-on experience with research-based  best practices that are demonstrably equity-producing:

A large percentage of the students who enroll in our courses are impacted by opportunity gaps.

The term “opportunity gaps” refers to the consequences of both individual and institutional practices that result in students experiencing uneven and inequitable opportunities to learn. These opportunity gaps tend to fall along the lines of race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

Opportunity gaps can be addressed through rigorous use of equity frameworks that help educators identify and critique common misconceptions, including the use of a "color blind" perspective, or adhering to the "myth of meritocracy" in thinking about student achievement.

To create a shared language around high-impact practices, as well as to help students avoid having to “re-invent the university” in every class, faculty are encouraged to attend in campus teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary) of three to five.

  • Individual participants — $150 each
  • Teams of two or more — $125 each

Register for Gate Keeper to Gateway.

Space is limited to 40, so register before the May 31, 2017 deadline.


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