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Monday, February 20th, 2017

Dr. Robert McRuer

Roundtable Discussion

Description: Join visiting scholar Dr. Robert McRuer from The George Washington University in an informal discussion about interdisciplinary theories of identity, how they play out in the classroom, and how we might move forward toward greater inclusion and action.

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Affinity Arts

Performance

Description: Learn different ways to navigate a sensitive discussion when things get awkward or a misunderstanding occurs. Affinity arts uses theater and dialogue to empower their audience with human understanding. You'll be glad you came!

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Boulder Sessions

Dr. Robert McRuer

Presentation

Description: This talk provides an overview of the ways in which the interdisciplinary fields of disability studies in the humanities, and what has come to be called "crip theory", are transforming higher education. The talk will suggest that this curricular transformation functions at multiple levels, generating new forms of knowledge and making higher education more accessible to diverse learners in the broadest sense of the term "accessibility." The talk will also stress, however, that higher education and access for disabled people are currently in a moment of crisis both in the U.S. and more globally, and will consider some of the ways that activists, artists, and educators are responding to that crisis.

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Elaine Yuen

Presentation

Description: Understanding culture, context, and diversity often demands that students and teachers, to be responsive to individual and collective dynamics. Within the classroom, contemplative practices (which may include but are not limited to modalities such as mindfulness, yoga, and reflection) may support the understanding and embodiment of one’s diversity and culture. Teachers and students can learn how to balance the spacious quality of a contemplative approach to the often challenging personal and socially embedded aspects of context and culture. This workshop will present a framework for exploring these experiences of classroom space, as well as experiential exercises.

Denver Sessions

Amy Moreno

Presentation

Description: The University of Colorado Boulder would greatly benefit from an overview of "Inclusive Excellence" according to the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU). In 2016, the campus went through a process of providing individual department and division definitions. This presentation will provide background information on Inclusive Excellence and specific strategies that AACU recommends colleges and universities address to be inclusive and equitable.

Michael Tang & Lary Speakman

Presentation

Description: Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver have developed a suite of software applications designed to help limited English proficient students succeed in entering STEM disciplines in college and excel in those disciplines once enrolled. The two software applications to be presented are eSpeaker (c) to increase reading efficiency and comprehension and eThinker (c), to increase competence in higher order thinking. Research shows that among STEM majors, many students are failing because of their inability to understand scientific concepts presented in their textbooks due to their limited English proficiency (LEP). eThinker is a semantic (language) based software application to help LEPs improve their thinking ability through concept mapping and other semantic techniques. This presentation was made possible partially with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF),  Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

Alaina Beaver

Presentation

Description: Learn the Top 10 quick skills for incorporating basic accessibility features into the material that you design and use on a regular basis… because universal design doesn’t guarantee a great product (that’s your job), but you can’t really achieve excellence without universal design. Drop in for a fun, interactive session on practical strategies and resources for actually making your work more inclusive. 

Jacob McWilliams

Presentation

Description: Creating inclusive classrooms for transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) students requires a focus on how our language, content, and assignments can reinforce and challenge gendered cultural norms. This session, designed for faculty/instructors and professional staff, offers a basic overview of transgender concerns in college classrooms and offers practical strategies for creating trans-inclusive learning environments. Topics include Trans 101 (terminology and statistics about trans and GNC students on college campuses), embracing gender-inclusive language, navigating preferred names and pronouns, and avoiding microaggressions.

Betsy Leach

Presentation

Description: This session ensures that participants have a shared understanding of implicit bias and the opportunity gap before delving deeper into how implicit bias can show up in classrooms and school systems. The session then provides a safe space for participants to examine their own implicit bias through structured exercises in order to use this awareness to avoid enacting bias in classrooms and daily life. The remainder of the session models concrete culturally responsive teaching practices. The session objective is to ensure that all participants leave with an idea of concrete culturally responsive teaching strategies that can be implemented in any classroom.

Sherry Jones

Presentation

Description: In light of the current immigration and refugee crisis, we recommend a collection of digital games that can be assigned in classrooms to frame students’ perspective on the issues of immigration, the refugee crisis, race, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and tolerance. The games will invite students to engage with social issues by interacting with the hypothetical playable histories and playable futures, and consider what is at stake for today’s world.

CU Denver Disability Resources and Services Office

Presentation

Description: Our goal is to promote a better understanding of what a disability is, how it impacts an individual, and how we, as a society, can better interact with and promote an inclusive culture that welcomes, respects, and values those with disabilities. 

Amy Vidali

Presentation

Description: In this interactive presentation, Amy Vidali will present resources - created by faculty for faculty - focused on inclusive teaching for disabled students (and all students). Topics covered will include syllabi statements on access, inclusive pedagogical and curricular design, and moving beyond legal frameworks for disability. The session will conclude with a discussion of resources for disabled faculty, who are too often ignored in discussions of disability in higher education.

Dr. Robert McRuer

Presentation

Description: This talk provides an overview of the ways in which the interdisciplinary fields of disability studies in the humanities and what has come to be called "crip theory" are transforming higher education. The talk will suggest that this curricular transformation functions at multiple levels, generating new forms of knowledge and making higher education more accessible to diverse learners in the broadest sense of the term "accessibility." The talk will also stress, however, that higher education and access for disabled people are currently in a moment of crisis both in the U.S. and more globally, and will consider some of the ways that activists, artists, and educators are responding to that crisis.

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Susan Kelmer

Presentation

Description: Unlike a blind student, a student with a reading disability may not look impaired. Students with reading disabilities can struggle to get through textbooks, handouts, or tests, and you may not ever know there is a barrier. I will discuss easy ways we accommodate students with reading disabilities, and how you can help too. You will leave with a few tools to use in creating more accessible content and be able to help all students have an inclusive learning environment. 

Giorgio Corda

Presentation

Description: While exploring the compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the implementation of Universal Design Principles in the language classroom in both face-to-face and online formats, the session will consider implications for practice benefitting all students and their different learning styles.

The session will explore the needs that diversely able students have in the foreign language class and will offer some examples of sets of parallel varied activities/assessments. Relevant pedagogical theories and available technologies will be included.

Learning outcomes and students' feedback will be used to foster a group conversation on this matter.

Jordan Griffin & Meg Murray

Presentation

Description: Our goal is to promote a better understanding of what a disability is, how it impacts an individual, and how we, as a society, can better interact with and promote an inclusive culture that welcomes, respects, and values those with disabilities. 

Exposition

Description: How does technology shape your life? Come learn new tricks to things you already use, and see new tech you've never played with before. We'll be showcasing everything from smartphone screen readers to virtual reality headsets to 3-D printers to braillers.

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Silvia Nogueron-Liu

Presentation

Description: In this session, I will describe and provide examples of alternative formats and activities for students to access content in a Reading Methods class. I will describe how I curated resources and "text sets" for students in the classroom, and the ways we selected and explored various kinds of "texts" with young children that CU students mentored in a field experience site. We will discuss the implications of diversity in students' backgrounds, preferences, needs, and the affordances of different modalities to present and discuss texts.

Victoria Hand

Presentation

Description: One of the ways for teachers to address differences in achievement among students from various racial, ethnic, linguistic and social backgrounds is to attend to the opportunities students have to participate in the classroom. Participation involves both access to content, as well as ways to engage with the content that is meaningful and promotes competence. This session will focus on the dispositions and instructional practices of teachers who have successfully narrowed participation gaps. We will examine these practices through video clips of the teachers' classrooms, as well as interviews with them as they reflect on their instruction.

Alaina Beaver

Presentation

Description: Learn the Top 10 quick skills for incorporating basic accessibility features into the material that you design and use on a regular basis… because universal design doesn’t guarantee a great product (that’s your job), but you can’t really achieve excellence without universal design. Drop in for a fun, interactive session on practical strategies and resources for actually making your work more inclusive. 

Cheryl Pinzone

Presentation

Description: Before class students watch video lectures and do online quizzes and assignments. In class, we do two hours of active-learning activities each week. To make this course fully accessible, I have used numerous technologies and methods. To support diverse learners, I have tried to implement a number of different strategies. We will discuss methods and strategies, as well as share technological tips and ideas. Accessible and authentic assessment of students, and impartial assessment of instruction will be addressed, as well as a technique for 'make-ups' of active-learning activities that puts the onus on students rather than instructors.

Vanessa Roberts

Presentation

Description: Interested in the buzzwords flying around campus including and related to "inclusive excellence"? Wondering what it might mean to incorporate these ideas into your classroom? Then please join Vanessa Roberts to discuss practical tips, tricks, and strategies for making your classroom a place that fosters inclusion and supports student learning. Covering topics from course design to pedagogy, this interactive session is applicable to our work as educators, regardless of class size.

Amy Moreno

Presentation

Description: The University of Colorado Boulder would greatly benefit from an overview of "Inclusive Excellence" according to the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU). In 2016, the campus went through a process of providing individual department and division definitions. This presentation will provide background information on Inclusive Excellence and specific strategies that AACU recommends colleges and universities address to be inclusive and equitable.

Connie North

Presentation

Description: In this session, I will draw on Donna Hicks' dignity model to highlight how dignity violations undermine the creation of generative learning spaces as well as how honoring our own and each other's dignity fosters educational communities where relationships and individuals flourish. Because acceptance of identity and inclusion are essential elements of dignity in Hicks' model, participants in this session will explore how enhancing our attention to dignity - including the reparation of dignity violations - helps to meet the needs of diverse learners in classrooms.

Vanessa Santiago Schwarz

Presentation

Description: In the U.S. school system, there continue to be inequitable educational opportunities for students from certain culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds and this holds especially true for those with disability classifications. The purpose of this presentation is to provide tangible strategies for teachers to use specifically with emergent bilingual (EB) students who struggle academically for reasons beyond learning English as a second or additional language. There is a surprisingly limited education for teachers on this topic, yet teachers are likely to work with students who are navigating more than one language and have diverse learning needs.

Jill Sieben-Schneider, Carla Hoskins, John Meister

Roundtable Discussion

Description: Test-taking accommodations, note-taking services and alternate format of textbooks, oh my! Come learn about disability, CU Boulder’s Disability Services office and classroom accommodations for students with disabilities. In an open question and answer format, this roundtable discussion is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to ask about and discuss anything disability related. Participant questions may range from accommodation implementation all the way to disability etiquette. Come join the Directors of the Disability Services office for an hour of engaging conversation and we look forward to seeing you there!

Laura Hamrick

Presentation

Description: Captioning video content supports diversity in the classroom by improving learning comprehension for various groups of students. In this session, we will discuss the pedagogical benefits of captions and how to get started captioning video content on your own. We will conclude with a Q&A session, as well as demonstrations of specific captioning tools or workflows upon request.

Megan Brown & Emily Fairfax

Roundtable Discussion

Description: Fieldwork is a large component of classes in many areas of study, and students are often left out due to situations limiting their accessibility to field sites. We will facilitate a round-table discussion on strategies for making accessible field trips in science classes. This discussion would be of particular interest to field-based sciences where fieldwork may not always be accessible due to physical limitations or other situations. This session will be a discussion on ways to design inclusive and accessible field trips, adapt field trips that are already in use to be more accessible and inclusive, and accommodate students who are going into the field may not be an option.

Amelia Dickerson, Kevin Darcy, & Kosta Tovstiadi

Presentation

Description: We will provide a demo of how to test websites, mobile apps and other educational tools for accessibility. If you have a resource that you think about adopting but don't know how to test it for accessibility, bring it to this panel for a live test.

Mike McNeil

Presentation

Description: Recreation is an important part of the student experience by building skills such as teamwork, persistence, and accountability that are directly transferable to the classroom environment. During this year's session, we will highlight efforts by the CU Rec Center, Boulder Parks and Rec, and CU Disability Services to provide inclusive recreation programming and infrastructure in the CU and Boulder Communities. 

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Susan Fouts & Ruth Moore

Presentation

Description: With the increase of international students in our classes, it is essential that we build awareness of how we measure student learning and create assignments and assessments that are fair to all our students. What are best practices we can implement to help international students understand directions, grading expectations, purpose, and goals of assessments? What strategies can we put in place to address challenges in creating a positive learning experience for international students? The presenters, who have extensive experience teaching and advising international students, share inclusive strategies and practices that support student achievement.

Natalie Sharp

Presentation

Description: We will examine effective strategies for incorporating more diverse authors and types of work in the creative writing classroom to engage students beyond traditional notions of who and what constitutes “literature.” Participants will be invited to investigate whether and how they lend credence to works outside of the overwhelmingly white, cisheteronormative literary canon as well as how we might render due authority to the voices of those who occupy marginalized identity groups. Participants will gain a greater understanding of implicit bias in reading selection and receive resources to begin diversifying their own curricula.

Orrie Gartner

Presentation

Description: Allergic to Modern Life. Do you or anyone you know find scented products
such as perfume, cologne, air fresheners, laundry detergents or fabric softeners irritating?  Does the smell of fresh paint or cleaning supplies cause headaches or other physiological symptoms? Based on national statistics, it is estimated 1 in 5 people at CU have chemical sensitivities and experience adverse health effects from synthetic fragrance exposure. For those with extreme sensitivities, about 6% of the population, everyday activities such as sitting in class or working with others on group projects can be extremely challenging. Learn about the difficulties these people face and how CU Boulder's inclusive excellence and accessibility initiatives have helped some members of the community with such sensitivities and what further opportunities exist.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Luis Perez, Apple Distinguished Educator

Presentation

Description: This session will discuss the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) philosophy in relation to the capabilities of iOS devices. In particular, the iPad is a powerful example of a device that incorporates the key tenets of the UDL philosophy, with a variety of built-in accessibility features available to users out of the box as standard options. While many of these features (such as text to speech and speech recognition) were originally designed for people with disabilities, today they can help all learners enjoy equitable access to information, communication and expression. Along with the many apps that can be installed, these accessibility features make the iPad a powerful tool for customizing the learning experience to meet the variable needs of a diverse student population. Other factors such as the portability of the device and its social acceptability have also made the iPad a popular choice for meeting the needs of diverse learners. However, to get the most out of the iPad and its many supported apps, we as educators must move beyond its use as an enhancement of traditional practices and instead explore the unique affordances that make it an ideal tool for redefining and transforming the learning environment. You will leave this session with a toolkit for access and inclusion that will assist you in providing a more flexible learning environment where every one of your learners can succeed.

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Registration required, 50-person limit

Description: Join other professionals in a lively discussion about promoting accessibility and inclusivity in learning environments. This discussion will feature 3 facilitators, Michael Erskine, Alex McDaniel, and Taylor Kendal of MSU Denver and the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium (TLTS). The Cafe Pédagogique is co-sponsored by the Diversity & Inclusion Summit and the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference. Catered appetizers will be included as part of registration and Twisted Pine beer will be available.

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Friday, February 24th, 2017

Andrea Gibson

Presentation

Description: This event only open to CU Boulder Students, Faculty, Staff and Affiliates.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Join us for an hour-long performance on inclusion, identity and activism through the power of spoken word. Free admission, though attendees must be affiliated with the University of Colorado. Stay and enjoy some treats as we engage in a conversation with the artist.

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