This 90-minute workshop focuses on building knowledge, engaging in reflection, and then taking action. Participants explore tools to help them understand the connection between their identities and their teaching and learning environment so that their classes can be more inclusive of all learners.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or send an email to nruskin@edc.org


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult education teachers, advisors, and instructional coaches

This workshop will focus on four key tools and practices that will help educators build a more inclusive teaching and learning environment: 1) conducting critical check-ins with learners; 2) building an identity-conscious teaching practice through self-reflection; 3) developing proximity among all learners; and 4) creating action plans.

Participants will develop action items for how they want to implement the habits and skills for more inclusive teaching. The workshop is interactive, and participants will be able to engage with peers in both small and large group discussions.

Follow-up coaching is available through SABES to support you in integrating new tools and strategies into your teaching practice. To arrange a coach, please contact the PD Center Director (For ESOL, contact Dori McCormack at dmccormack@edc.org; for ELA, contact Evonne Peters at evonne_peters@worlded.org; for Math, contact Heidi Schuler Jones at heidi_schuler-jones@terc.edu).

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Apply critical check-ins at the start of your classes to welcome learners and set an inclusive tone
  • Develop a "map of proximity" and connect this map to your teaching and learning environments
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/30/2023 - 1:00 pm to 03/30/2023 - 2:30 pm

United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
ADEI Professional Growth
ESOL/English Learners