Resources on excellence and diversity

How do you achieve inclusive excellence in the classroom?

“This chapter identifies pedagogical strategies promoting equity for all students. Historical roots of Inclusive Excellence (IE), theories surrounding IE, and ways to affirm student identity are described, as well as factors that may interfere with the adoption of inclusive pedagogy.”

Diversity and excellence: "Values that go together"

Tyler Stovall, PhD, Dean of Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, says diversity among a university’s student body and faculty is important not only in terms of justice for marginalized communities, but also in raising the standards and outcomes for the university as a whole. Stovall says diversity creates healthy competition that brings about higher grade point averages among students and improves the quality of research among the faculty. People are inspired to do their best, he says, when exposed to different ways of thinking and seeing the world. “Diversity and excellence are not contradictory values, they are values that go together.”

Grading for equity

Grading was originally designed to ‘sort’ students by academic excellence, but inequities have led to disparities in the grading system. In response to the pandemic and in an effort to be more equitable, NNHS adapted their grading system for the 2020/2021 school year to address practices that are outdated, inconsistent and inequitable. Learn more about how shifting grading practices can change the landscape of schools and potentially the future for students in this podcast of an interview with Joe Feldman, author of the book 'Grading for Equity'. No time to watch videos? Read the transcript here.