Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)
Building Culturally Sustaining Classrooms
American University’s Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning launched the first Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) in the fall of 2017. Due to overwhelming positive response, we are bringing them back for spring 2018.
Our mission remains the same.
Recent events on and off-campus have reminded us of the vital importance of developing curricula and pedagogy that recognize and sustain the ways of knowing and lived experiences of students from communities marginalized by systemic inequities.
Our classrooms are not immune from the power dynamics that structure our everyday lives and experiences, regardless of our disciplines or content areas. Rather, they are active sites in which we resist—or reinforce—existing social and racial inequities, and normalize—or problematize—students’ cultural and linguistic practices.
The FLC creates a space for faculty to collectively think through and actively respond to these issues in our classrooms. Participants will:
All faculty with full-time teaching appointments are invited to participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focused on building culturally sustaining classrooms in Spring 2018. FLCs will be facilitated by Amanda Taylor (SIS) and Elissa Margolin (CAS).
This semester’s FLC dates will be:
Each session will run from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Participants must be able to attend all four sessions of the learning community; readings and some assignments will also be required. Lunch will be provided.
Please express your interest ASAP. Space is limited to 15 participants per FLC and faculty will be accepted on a first come, first serve.