Spring 2020 Teaching Effectiveness Institute


Diversity Is Just the Beginning: Removing Barriers to Student Success in the Classroom

Thursday, January 9, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

Online registration is closed

If you still wish to register, please call 815-753-0595


Higher education classrooms are becoming more culturally, linguistically, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse, but there are still many challenges and barriers for students from underrepresented and marginalized groups. At NIU, equity and inclusion are important components of our institutional values. Living up to those values requires developing culturally responsive classrooms to ensure student success and remove barriers for learning.

In this interactive institute, you will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of Critical Pedagogy and practices you can use that foster students' meaning making and deep learning in the classroom. Through large and small group discussions, you will develop pedagogic strategies to foster inclusivity for historically underrepresented and marginalized student groups. You will identify and discuss culturally responsive practices while you navigate your role as a culturally responsive educator.


Molly Holmes, Director, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Katy Jaekel, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Higher Education
Jocelyn Santana, Social Justice Education Director, Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
James Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Tentative Agenda

Time Topic
8:30 a.m. Check-in, Refreshments, and Networking
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. Beyond Inclusive Strategies: Using Critical Pedagogy for Meaning Making and Deep Learning
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practice in the Classroom
4:00 p.m. Q&A, Wrap-Up


Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Registration Information

This institute is open to NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS and Civil Service staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration at go.niu.edu/facdevprograms.

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 20, 2019. Online registration is closed. If you still wish to register, please call 815-753-0595.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Teaching Effectiveness Institute is open to all faculty and SPS/ Civil Service teaching staff at NIU.

The Teaching Effectiveness Institute is typically offered as a full-day workshop or two half-day workshops, centering on a teaching-related topic. We invite presenters who are well-known for their expertise and experiences in higher education teaching. The institute will engage faculty and provide material that will be immediately applicable in their teaching. The institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as experienced faculty wanting to learn about new and exciting teaching topics.

Yes, if the presenter makes their handouts and presentation materials available electronically, we will make them available after the event. Contact the center at facdev@niu.edu for further information on receiving institute handouts.

There is no fee for attending the Teaching Effectiveness Institute; the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center offers the institute free of charge. The center does not receive student fees or grants to fund the Teaching Effectiveness Institute and other programs. Therefore, we would appreciate that you attend the entire institute. If, after you register, you know that you will be unable to attend, please cancel by the deadline at facdev.niu.edu/myprograms

We understand that the week before classes is busy for many faculty. We encourage you to attend as much of the Teaching Effectiveness Institute as possible, but you may leave if you have other commitments.