The campuses across CUNY offer a diverse and dynamic group of CTLs. Some programs are open to any CUNY faculty member, so reach out if you are interested in attending an event. Here’s a link that gives an overview of the CTLs: http://cunyctl.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.
[Note: Sources listed/linked at the end] Last week I was asked to cover a class for a colleague. It was the first class meeting after the election and I was anxious but hopeful about opening up a discussion that would allow all students to voice their opinions and reactions in a calm and respectful way and in doing so,… Read More Listening, Improv, & Fostering Digital Literacy: Discussion in the Post-Election Classroom
On November 15th we hosted a CTL Conversation, in which faculty came together to discuss the topic of challenging discussions in light of the divisive election. A concern of many faculty was making the diverse voices of the Baruch community be heard. Professor Glenn Petersen from the Department of Sociology writes: “At Baruch, we pride… Read More How do I promote inclusivity? How do I promote bipartisanship?
We’ve been approached by some faculty concerned about issues surrounding academic freedom. Here are some resources: Baruch’s Faculty Senate has a Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/facultysenate/academic-freedom.htm. Here is the PSC-CUNY union’s write-up on academic freedom: http://www.psc-cuny.org/rights/academic-freedom followed by a guide published by CUNY: http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/vc_la/2012/01/02/a-guide-to-academic-freedom/. Other writing on academic freedom suggests that it depends on… Read More Academic Freedom
Here is where we’ll post resources that are of interest to those who have questions and concerns regarding immigration issues: Immigrants Matter@CUNY Facebook Live Session on Monday, November 21st at 11am. To address the concerns of CUNY’s immigrant students raised by the recent election, there will be a Facebook Live Session to answer your legal,… Read More Resources on Immigration
We asked faculty to share their approaches and suggestions. We hope to add to our list here, so if you have any of your own suggestions and thoughts, please post in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! If you would like assistance with figuring out how you might adapt these ideas into your course,… Read More Challenging Discussions – Ideas for different activities, lessons, and readings
Even if you know how and what you want to “cover” during your discussion, you want to strategically think about how you will start the discussion. This signals the tone of the discussion and helps get everyone focused. Here are some ideas to get you started: Read a poem (or essay)! Cheryl Smith, Associate Professor… Read More Getting the Discussion Started
When preparing for a challenging discussion it’s helpful to think about two issues: Encouraging a productive classroom environment Structuring the discourse A Productive Classroom Environment One of the first steps to foster a classroom environment that promotes respect, learning and listening is to establish some discussion “ground rules”. Kieran Morrow, Esq., Baruch’s Chief Diversity Officer/Title… Read More Preparing for Challenging Discussions
The purpose of these pages is to gather as a community to share techniques and resources to foster constructive and inclusive classroom discussions. Discussion has always been one of the cornerstones of education, and today, more than ever, we sense the importance of what we say and do in the classroom matters. Classroom discussions can… Read More Challenging Classroom Discussions
[This is a developing post, and will be continually updated with additional resources] How do we process the election results in our classrooms? As a school with a diverse student population, including many international and first-generation U.S. American students, members of your classes might be feeling afraid, angry, or sad about the results. Other students… Read More “What do we do now?”: Teaching after the Election