Inclusive Pedagogy Academy

CU Denver’s Inclusive Pedagogy Academy (IPA) is a set of courses focused on helping faculty create meaningful, effective, and equitable learning experiences for all students. The IPA is now housed in the Teaching Innovation and Program Strategy (TIPS) division and was developed in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). 

Inclusive pedagogy aims to create learning environments where students of all backgrounds and identities feel valued and respected. By embracing inclusive pedagogy, educators foster a sense of belonging and honor student strengths and experiences. This approach also encourages instructors to address structural and historical inequalities that have often marginalized certain groups in education. 


Our fall 2023 cohort is now live! We have limited spots available; sign up before Monday, October 2nd. All CU Denver faculty are welcome. 


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IPA: Foundations 

The Inclusive Pedagogy Academy begins with our IPA: Foundations course, which moves from a macro-level examination of inequitable institutional and cultural structures to a focus on an exploration of instructor and student identities. Participants will then identify specific strategies and methods for increasing belonging and equity in the classroom.

Throughout the course, participants can update their own syllabi, course policies, teaching philosophy, and other course assignments and materials to make them more student-centered and inclusive. Upon successful completion of IPA: Foundations, participants will be awarded a badge that they can include in their CV, professional networks, evaluations, and in promotion and tenure dossiers as evidence of teaching effectiveness. The program is a blended six-week experience comprising in-person sessions and asynchronous modules and assignments in Canvas. 

IPA Foundations: Outcomes 

  • Identify societal, educational, and institutional (CU Denver) structures that impede student success. 
  • Acknowledge how the cultures of your discipline, classroom, and instructional practices perpetuate inequities. 
  • Explain the ways that your identities shape your teaching and interactions with students. 
  • Recognize your students' social identities and experiences shape their perceptions and course participation.
  • Explain how specific inclusive classroom policies, messaging, and communication promote equity and reduce barriers in your learning environments. 
  • Articulate how teaching and learning attitudes and practices will promote equity and inclusion. 

Schedule and Topics

  • Unit 1(October 9-15) - Why We Do the Work We Do 
  • The in-person session date and location will be shared soon 
    • Unit 2 (October 16-22) - Disciplines, Departments, and Classrooms as Sites of Inequity
  • Online in Canvas (Asynchronous)
    • Unit 3 (October 23-29) - Students and Teachers-Identities and Interactions 
  • Online in Canvas (Asynchronous)  
    • Unit 4 (October 30-November 5) - Belonging and a Growth Mindset
  • Online in Canvas (Asynchronous)
    • Unit 5 (November 5-12) - Translating Belonging into Practice and Policy
  • Online in Canvas (Asynchronous)
    • Unit/Session 6 (Nov 12-17) - Wrap-up
  • The in-person session date and location will be shared soon

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