Designing Curriculum with a DEI Lens

For CLASSROOM TEACHERS in all subjects, department chairs, curriculum coordinators, and academic administrators

Creating a curriculum is always a matter of deciding what’s most important for students to learn, and what we consider “most important” depends on our values. Schools that value diversity, equity, and inclusion interrogate stereotypes and privilege embedded throughout the curriculum, and choose topics, projects, and resources that affirm diverse experiences within multiple groups and actively challenge oppression. In this workshop, we will explore how to bring diversity, equity, and inclusion to the curriculum design process.

Session 1: Designing Inclusive Content. After discovering what it means to design curriculum with an inclusion lens, we will engage in protocols that draw upon teachers’ expertise so that everyone not only gets more inclusive teaching ideas for their units but learns a process for designing any unit to include personally relevant and culturally affirming resources. We will end by sharing resources to support teachers of all subjects in selecting more inclusive content for their courses. (3 hours)

Session 2: Designing Equitable Assessments. Assessment is the process of observing and measuring student knowledge and skills. Many teachers give tests and quizzes that require students to use their knowledge and skills to respond correctly or satisfactorily to a series of questions or prompts. However, a test or quiz is only one of many ways to see what students know and can do. In this session, we will explore how assessment tasks can assume levels access that some students do not have. We will then explore how to design assessment tasks that have personal and cultural relevance, clearly define what “success” means, and set all students up for success. (2 hours)