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IDEAL Pedagogy

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The IDEAL Pedagogy program provides a unified curriculum around inclusive and equitable pedagogy to represent all dimensions of diversity, promote student belonging, and equalize access for all students.

Aligned with Stanford University’s Presidential IDEAL initiative—Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment—and CTL’s core mission to support evidence-based and inclusive instruction, the program is designed for instructors teaching Stanford undergraduate and graduate students, across schools and disciplines.

Participants at CDI 2019

Program Goals

Whether participants are individual instructors, or teams from departments or programs, participation in IDEAL Pedagogy will enable participants to:

  • Integrate diverse examples, peoples, and texts into course design (Module 1: Including Diverse Representation)
  • Encourage learning student peer learning through group work and discussion (Module 2: Integrating Peer-to-Peer Learning)
  • Enact and uphold a classroom culture of respect for all students (Module 3: Creating a Positive Community)
  • Provide accessible resources and connections to meet the needs of all students (Module 4: Making Success Accessible)
  • Design inclusive learning assessments for students (Module 5: Giving Inclusive Assessments)
  • Identify and defuse racist practices in course design and instruction (Module 6: Anti-Racist Pedagogy)

A new version of the self-paced course, IDEAL Pedagogy, will soon be launched in the Stanford Training and Registration System (STARS) platform. The course covers different facets of inclusive and equitable pedagogy. Check back soon, where the new link to the course will be provided.

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Pathways for Participation

Team Projects

Complete a project with other members of your department or program.


For additional questions about the IDEAL Pedagogy program, please contact:

Kritika Yegnashankaran

Kritika Yegnashankaran
Senior Associate Director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs

Interested in joining our IDEAL Pedagogy Mailing List?

Please email Cathy Gastelum (she/her/ella), Instructor Pedagogy and Programming Specialist, at