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Call for Applications: Faculty Learning Community on Accessibility

Are you committed to helping all students succeed?

Are you eager to learn how faculty can #stopthestigma behind disability and create equitable and inclusive learning environments in their classes?

Are you interested in connecting with colleagues across RU-N about teaching and learning? The P3 Collaboratory welcomes interested members of the Rutgers-Newark community to participate in the 2020-21 Faculty Learning Community on Accessibility and Faculty-Student Success Join fellow faculty and practitioners working collaboratively to make learning (and higher ed) more accessible for students with disabilities. Themes to be covered include:

  • Learn from Impacted Students – Engage courageous conversations on stereotypes, micro-aggressions, implicit or explicit bias, and misconceptions of disability services and what it means to be a student and have a disability. Participants will also gain familiarity with blogs, poetry and other forms of art by individuals with disabilities that capture the experiences, frustrations, and wins of this community of students.

  • Accommodation Implementation – Learn best practices for implementing accommodations effectively in your courses, and how the Office of Disability Services can be a resource for faculty in this regard.

  • Accessible Teaching Practices – Learn about universal design and how to make your courses more accessible for all students, and with an emphasis on students with disabilities.

  • Assessment Strategies and Managing Concerns – Learn how to handle requests from students with disabilities outside of their accommodations, how to manage grade appeals due to accommodations, how to address behavioral and wellbeing concerns in learning environments, and much more!

Participants will also engage with visiting practitioners to learn more about available resources to support students with disabilities at the university, and will leave this experience with a portfolio of information, resources, and tools to help them and their colleagues better serve all RU-N students.

Facilitated by Cris Altamirano and Allen Sheffield of the university’s Office of Disability Services, the Accessibility Faculty Learning Community will bring together a small cross-disciplinary cohort of faculty, staff, and graduate / professional students for this peer-led endeavor. The group will meet during both Fall and Spring semesters, with six (6) sessions scheduled per term. Each participant will receive a professional development / research stipend of $500. Interested participants are encouraged to apply here before September 17, at noon. Join us, as we work together to ensure that all our students have the tools to succeed in class!



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