Kathy Privatt

Author: Kathy Privatt

Sign up for TILT Workshop!

Transparency in Learning and Teaching Workshop

June 16th, 10:00 am – Noon

What would you say to:

  • seeing improvement in student learning across-the-board by revising two assignments?
  • gaining access to national comparative data for further feedback and revision? 

The Inclusive Pedagogy Committee (IPC) invites and encourages you to join the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) Workshop on June 16th , 10:00-12:00! 

TILT reduces systemic inequities, including those related to racism, by advancing equitable teaching and learning practices.  Leveraging the power of a shared vocabulary, TILT changes campus culture by promoting students’ understanding of how they learn, and by enabling faculty/staff to make data-informed revisions to courses and programming.

There’s more!

The Mellon Inclusive Pedagogy Grant concludes in June, and we’re using the last of those funds to offer the following to interested faculty and teaching staff on a first-come, first-served basis to those who register by June 9th:

  • We’ll pay you $500 and buy you the TILT book if you agree to:
    • Attend the TILT workshop
    • Create/revise/alter 2 assignments in one course with TILT guidelines
    • Participate in data-collection surveys with TILT

IPC endorses this approach for several reasons:

  • Research indicates that first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students realized significant gains with this approach.  However, it’s important to note that there were statistically significant benefits for all students using TILT[1].   
  • Embracing TILT as a campus-wide initiative coordinates our inclusivity efforts by giving us a shared vocabulary.
  • LU and each individual teacher can participate in ongoing research.
  • IPC and HHMI sponsored pilots this year, and some of that work will be shared at the workshop. 

Have we convinced you? 

Sign-up here:  http://go.lawrence.edu/txkq

We think this opportunity is a great way to jumpstart your summer work with a fresh perspective and data-driven energy!  Have questions?  Please contact Kathy Privatt:  kathy.privatt@lawrence.edu

  • [1] The TILT project began in 2009, has involved over twenty-five thousand students in hundreds of courses at more than forty institutions in seven countries, and is partnered with the Association of American Colleges and Universities to focus on advancing underserved students’ success in higher education.  https://tilthighered.com/


Transparency in Learning and Teaching Workshop (TILT) with Mary-Ann Winkelmes, founder and principal investigator

June 16, 2021 – 10:00 am – Noon

On Zoom

Brought to you by the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee

ALL Faculty and Staff welcome and encouraged to attend!

What’s TILT?

TILT reduces systemic inequities, including those related to racism, by advancing equitable teaching and learning practices.  Leveraging the power of a shared vocabulary, TILT changes campus culture by promoting students’ understanding of how they learn, and by enabling faculty/staff to make data-informed revisions to courses and programming.

Where can I learn more?


Ungrading Book Discussion

Ungrading is a new, research-driven, experience-based book that explores the process of going gradeless by changing how we assess and evaluate student learning. It contains essays from fifteen educators across a range of disciplines and institutions, most of whom are recognized pedagogical experts. Including both reflections and strategies, the book is an extremely helpful way to rethink not just how we assess learning, but also how we conceptualize both our pedagogical practices and also instructor-student relationships.

There will be a book discussion for interested faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 27 from 11:10-12:20 via Zoom. Dr. Susan Blum, the editor of the book, will be joining us for the discussion. Copies of the book will be provided prior to the discussion to those who need them. Due to the interactive nature of the event, there are very limited spots available, so please respond to reserve your spot.

If you wish to participate, please contact Lavanya Murali at lavanya.h.murali@lawrence.edu

Using UDL to Create Effective Educational Assessments

The Inclusive Pedagogy Committee (IPC) has purchased campus access to a recording of the webinar, “Using UDL to Create Effective Educational Assessments” with Dr. Eric Moore, PhD. Building on a solid foundation of clear goals and backward design, Dr. Moore presents an approach using Universal design for Learning (UDL) to design flexible assessments that benefit everyone.

The webinar recording may be found at:

Supplemental materials (presentation slides and transcript) may be found at:

Discussion Opportunity

In addition to providing these resources to the community, the IPC is offering three opportunities to engage with these ideas through discussion. If you are generally interested in UDL as a pedagogical strategy or interested in learning about how this framework may specifically be used to reduce barriers in assessment, then you are encouraged to attend.

Participants will view the webinar before the discussion and then discuss the ideas raised in the webinar.

Participants may choose from one of three discussion times. All discussions will take place in Zoom. Zoom meeting details will be shared after completion of this RSVP form. The discussions are planned for the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, January 28, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Friday, January 29, 10-11:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 2, 11:10-12:20 pm

If you are interested in participating in one of the discussion meetings please RSVP through the following link: http://go.lawrence.edu/skbc

Call for Course Redesign Proposals 2021-22

Dear Colleagues:
As many of you know, Lawrence has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to support inclusive pedagogy and innovative, effective approaches to teaching. As part of this grant, the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee provides members of the faculty with small grants to support significant course or program modifications. The Inclusive Pedagogy Committee is now soliciting proposals for a new round of course or program modifications from faculty members working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—broadly construed to include the conservatory and fine arts. The Committee will award a limited number of grants of up to $5,000 per proposal to support course design or redesign projects through a stipend and (if desired) an expense account.

Successful proposals will use the principles of inclusive pedagogy to enhance the learning of our students. Proposals that address inclusive pedagogy from multiple angles and that have the potential to be sustainably implemented into the curriculum upon completion of the grant will be favored. The committee will also favor redesign projects that are replicable across multiple disciplines at Lawrence. Proposals might include:
• reconfiguring a course to remove barriers to learning and accommodate learner variability
• modifying a course from a traditional to a flipped classroom format to allow more time for active learning activities or additional time for discussion
• redesigning a course to reduce stereotype threat and reduce inequities in student incomes
• incorporating new techniques to facilitate difficult dialogues about contemporary controversies related to the course
• introducing the use of technology in the classroom to enhance student learning

These grants are intended to support considerable pedagogical revision (something worked on over the course of a summer) and not minor tweaks to existing course material. If you are seeking funds to support a one-time experience (e.g. a guest speaker), please discuss your plans with the chair of the Committee because limited funds may be available outside of this call.
An important part of your proposal will be a plan that lays out how you will assess your course modifications. This is not to say that we are asking for guarantees of success. The committee welcomes creative, experimental proposals and recognizes that understanding what didn’t work well can be as valuable as understanding what did work. We are most concerned that faculty should plan not only the course modifications themselves, but also some process for evaluating and (eventually) modifying the modifications in response to feedback. The format for the assessment section of your proposal is flexible but we encourage you to consult with Jedidiah Rex, instructional designer, to discuss your plans.

In order to distribute funds as equitably as possible, the maximum stipend will be set at $2500 per faculty member. Thus, if a joint proposal were submitted by two faculty members, both would receive $2500. If an individual faculty member were to submit a proposal, they could request additionally up to $2500 for resources. This change is meant to ensure that those submitting proposals that require no additional resources will not receive a larger stipend than those who require funds to cover travel, books etc. Those contemplating proposals that do not fit within these parameters should consult with a member of the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee before submitting.

The expected work period for this round of proposals will begin during the summer of 2020 with changes to be implemented in courses during AY 2021-2022. Under unusual circumstances, we may consider proposals for courses that fall outside these dates. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in an initial cohort meeting, a mid-cycle meeting, and a culminating meeting to share their experiences with other members of the faculty in the hopes of contributing to a wider conversation about pedagogy on the Lawrence campus. IPC also encourages successful applicants to engage in optional programming focused on Universal Design for Learning and Assessment.

Please complete the form below and send your proposal to Kathy Privatt at kathy.privatt@lawrence.edu. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a member of the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee. We warmly encourage you to apply for this opportunity.

Inclusive Pedagogies Course Modification Proposal



Term Offered:

Describe your proposed course modification (1-2 paragraphs)

Describe the way(s) you expect the modification to enhance learning (1-2 paragraphs)

Describe the way(s) you expect the modification to promote inclusion in the classroom (1-2 paragraphs)

Describe how you will measure the effectiveness of the modification (1-2 paragraphs)
(Please consider including an assessment rubric with your proposal; Jedidiah Rex is available for consultation and will be running a rubric workshop as part of expected cohort meetings designed to support your modification work.)

Complete the budget table below with your anticipated costs; include a brief explanation of expenses if warranted.

Budget – Please note: all reimbursements and expenses must be submitted by May 30, 2021.

Faculty Stipends ($2500 per participant)
Conference/Workshop Expenses
Student Wages

Explanation of Expenses: