Institute Focuses on Classroom Diversity


The theme of this year’s Winter Institute on Teaching was “Diversity in the Trinity Classroom: Helping Every Student Achieve.” Held in the Raether Center’s Joslin Family 1823 Room, the January 19 event provided faculty members with a venue for the discussion and exploration of the various academic support services and resources available to enhance teaching at Trinity.

“Diversity” in the Trinity classroom refers not only to our students’ wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, but also to their varied learning styles, degrees of preparation, and innate abilities and skills. Building on Professor Claude Steele’s all-campus lecture and faculty workshop in September, the Winter Institute focused on classroom strategies that allow professors to teach all students effectively and that provide the best odds for every individual student’s success. 

Through informal presentations, discussions and workshops, the faculty shared and learned about specific teaching strategies that support improved student learning. With input from students, members of the faculty were able to engage students in exploring which strategies might be working the best. “Continue to include students in the programming,” commented one attendee. “Their voices are irreplaceable in any of our dialogues.” Because of the success of the program, as well as that of the two previous institutes on teaching, the College plans to provide opportunities for similar events in the future.

The event was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Academic Computing, Media Technology Services, the Writing Center, the Math Center, the Library, and the Trinity Center for Collaborative Teaching & Research.

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Story Contributed by Philip Duffy ’84, director of media technology


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