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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.

Applications are closed for the fall quarter. Please check back for our spring initiative.

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Stanford University’s Presidential Initiative IDEAL aims to establish Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment. Aligned with CTL’s core mission to support evidence-based and inclusive instruction, CTL announces the pilot program IDEAL Pedagogy. This program is designed for classroom instructors from all departments and programs across the seven Stanford schools.

Full details on this program can be found in our Program Syllabus.

Program Goals and Format

Through participation in IDEAL Pedagogy, instructors will be able to:

  • Integrate diverse examples, peoples, and texts into your course design
  • Encourage learning and sharing with peers through group work and discussion
  • Enact and uphold a classroom culture of respect for all students
  • Provide accessible resources and connections to meet the needs of all students 
  • Design varied activities and assessments for students to engage in learning

As such, our program curriculum is composed of five key content modules:

  • Module 1: Including Diverse Representation
  • Module 2: Integrating Peer-to-Peer Learning
  • Module 3: Creating a Positive Community
  • Module 4: Making Success Accessible
  • Module 5: Giving Inclusive Assessments

Program goals are achieved through two key components: 1) a Canvas site used for asynchronous learning and available to all Stanford affiliates, and 2) synchronous meetings where select cohorts apply content from this site to their own teaching and contexts.

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Options for Participation

We offer four options for engaging in IDEAL Pedagogy: two options for individuals and two options for teams representing Stanford departments/programs. These modes vary in terms of total time commitment and amount of synchronous engagement.

Diagram showing the differences between the four modes of participating in the IDEAL Pedagogy program. These are summarized in text in our Program Syllabus linked from this page.

Differences between these options are briefly summarized below. A full explanation of each option can be found in our Program Syllabus.

    Options for Individual Instructors

    Individuals who want to learn about equitable teaching practice are always welcome to enroll in our Canvas course for self-paced learning.

    Individuals seeking a community for accountability, support, and the exchange of ideas may consider joining our Learning Community. Participants complete asynchronous work on the Canvas site and meet as a cohort biweekly to discuss and apply what they learn.

    Options for Departments and Programs

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    For departments and programs committed to creating an enduring culture of inclusive teaching, we recommend participating in our team-based options. Department/program teams engage in asynchronous work, synchronous workshops/meetings, and ongoing mentorship throughout quarter, in order to either:

    Interested department/program teams may consider applying for our spring initiative. The application will be announced and shared here.

    Key Dates

    • Summer 2021 - Canvas site published and made available to all community members
    • September 10, 2021 - Deadline to apply for the fall IDEAL Pedagogy initiative
    • Fall 2021 - First IDEAL Pedagogy session for departmental/program teams
    • October 4, 2021 - Workshop: Including Diverse Representation (2-3 PM PDT)
    • October 12, 2021 - Workshop: Integrating Peer-to-Peer Learning (12-1 PM PDT)
    • October 19 - Workshop: Creating a Positive Community (10-11 AM PDT)
    • October 28 - Workshop: Making Success Accessible (12-1 PM PDT)
    • November 5, 2021 - Workshop: Giving Inclusive Assessments (10-11 AM PDT)
    • TBA Winter 2022 - Fall program celebration and showcase
    • Spring 2022 - Second IDEAL Pedagogy session for departmental/program teams

    How to Join IDEAL Pedagogy

    For Individuals

    Note that the summer learning community has already concluded. Please consider enrolling in and perusing our Canvas site in a self-paced manner starting in Summer 2021. We hope to run another learning community in 2022.

    For Department/Program Teams

    1. Start a conversation with colleagues and students in your department/program.
    2. Read about the team-based options to determine if this program is a good fit for you.
    3. Form a team of 3-5, of which at least one is long-term faculty, lecturer, or staff.
    4. Brainstorm goals for your team and refine these in dialogue with your department/program.
    5. Choose one option for your team: project or liaison, based on your goals.
    6. Engage in a conversation about milestones, responsibilities, etc. regarding your team goals. We encourage you to use the full application text to guide this conversation.
    7. Apply for the Spring 2022 sessions of IDEAL Pedagogy. 
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    We encourage you to browse our Program Syllabus for more information on the many options to engage with IDEAL Pedagogy, including formats, timelines, and expectations.

    For all other questions, please contact the IDEAL Pedagogy leads.

    Kritika Yegnashankaran

    Kritika Yegnashankaran
    Associate Director, Faculty and Lecturer Programs

    Melissa Ko

    Melissa Ko
    Lecturer Consultant, Faculty and Lecturer Programs

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