AATSEEL Certificate Program in Diverse and Inclusive Pedagogies (CDIPS)

Applications due November 15, 2021

AATSEEL has received a generous grant to fund a non-degree certificate program in inclusive pedagogy in Slavic languages and literatures. The program will train two cohorts of thirty professionals in the field at different levels, pre-college teachers, graduate students, and post-secondary faculty. The goals of CDIPS are to foster community, attract a broader range of students to the study of Russian, and better support culturally- and linguistically-diverse learners in our classrooms.

The program will involve remote participation in workshop sessions before and after the February 17-20, 2022 AATSEEL conference in Philadelphia, and participation in workshops and community-building events at the conference. The grant subsequently pays for participants’ registration, air travel (max $400), lodging at the conference hotel, and a per diem for meals during the conference, as well as any books and materials required for training events. AATSEEL will provide the participants complimentary membership, if they are not already current members of the organization.

We anticipate that our cohort for the first year of the program will include 10 K-12 teachers, 10 graduate students, and 10 post-secondary faculty (any career stage, institution type, or employment status).

To apply, please fill out the online application, available through this link, including a 250-word explanation of how you anticipate that students would benefit from what you would learn during this program. The deadline is November 15 at midnight Pacific time. Applicants will be informed about the status of their candidacy by November 30.

If you have any questions, please contact CDIPS Project Manager Jillian Burgie Costello

Please note that the CDIPS program is different and separate from the AATSEEL K-12 Teaching Excellence Program, which is for ten K-12 teachers. Applications from K-12 teachers to both programs are permitted.

We recommend that prospective applicants consult the schedule below to confirm their future availability for the fullest participation possible in the founding cohort. For information about the conference in Philadelphia, please visit the AATSEEL Conference pages on the AATSEEL website. The full conference program will be available November 15. AATSEEL will provide certificates of completion to participants, including for K-12 teachers seeking continuing education credits from their schools and districts, if applicable. Please note that the CDIPS program will train a second cohort of 30 educators at the 2023 conference, which will be fully online in February 2023, and we encourage anyone who is unable to participate in 2022 to apply for the second cohort at a later date.

Schedule of Pre-Conference Workshops (Zoom)

Participants are required to attend 3 of 4 sessions other than the initial, required asynchronous session that will be available starting December 15. Schedule subject to change; all times EST.

December 15, 2021-January 16, 2022 (Asynchronous)
Introduction to program, content, materials, goals, and outcomes

Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:00pm-7:00pm
“Supporting First-Generation Undergraduate and Graduate Students” (Sunnie Rucker-Chang, University of Cincinnati) 

Sunday, January 30, 2022 5:00pm-7:00pm
“How To’s, Do Not’s, and Do Now’s for Mentors and Advisors” (Thomas J. Garza, University of Texas at Austin)

Sunday, February 6, 2022 5:00pm-7:00pm
“The World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning: Spotlight on Russian” (Benjamin Rifkin, Hofstra University)

Sunday, February 13, 2022 5:00pm-7:00pm
“Teaching Social Justice Movements Through Literature” (Amelia Glaser, University of California, San Diego)

Schedule of Required Workshops at the AATSEEL Conference

Schedule subject to change; all times EST.

Friday, February 18, 2022 4:30pm-6:30pm
“Perspectives on Russia from the Non-West and Global South (Anindita Banerjee, Cornell University)

Saturday, February 19, 2022 8:00am-10:00am (breakfast included)
“Multicultural Mentoring and Advising” (Thomas J. Garza, University of Texas at Austin)

Saturday, February 19, 2022 4:30pm-6:30pm 
“Action Research for Anti-Oppressive Classrooms and Content” (Rachel Stauffer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; AATSEEL Conference Manager)

Sunday, February 20, 2022 8:00am-10:00am (breakfast included)
“Integrating the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning Work With DEIAJ Objectives” (Benjamin Rifkin, Hofstra University)