AATSEEL Certificate Program in Diverse and Inclusive Pedagogies (CDIPS)

Information for Certificate Participants

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 AATSEEL conference, and participation in workshops and community-building events at the conference. 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 is different and separate from the AATSEEL K-12 Teaching Excellence Program, which is for ten K-12 teachers.

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 Race and Ethnicity in a Comparative Framework” (Amelia Glaser, University of California, San Diego; Naomi Caffee, Reed College; and Rossen Djagalov, New York University)

Schedule of Required Workshops at the AATSEEL Conference

Schedule subject to change; all times EST.

Friday, February 18, 2022 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Participant Meet-and-Greet

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)
“Preliminary Conclusions and Drafting Your Individual Action Plan” (Benjamin Rifkin, Hofstra University, w/ other facilitators from previous sessions at the conference) 

Sunday, March 6, 2022 (Zoom) 5:00pm-7:00pm
“Perspectives on Russia from the Non-West and Global South (Anindita Banerjee, Cornell University)

Participants are welcome to attend any other conference events of interest to them, as long as they do not conflict with CDIPS required workshops. For a curated list of optional AATSEEL events dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion, see DEIAJ Events.

Please note: All participants at the AATSEEL conference are expected to be fully vaccinated at the time of the conference. On arrival at the conference, you should be prepared to show your vaccine record and a form of identification that matches the name on your vaccine record. For more information, see the Conference Homepage.

Schedule of Post-Conference Workshops (Zoom)

Syllabus & Lesson Plan Workshops (Dates TBD – likely in May or June)

There will be two virtual workshops, one oriented toward syllabus development and one toward lesson plan development. The goal in both sessions is to apply the concepts and strategies covered in the pre-conference and conference sessions to teaching practice. The syllabus workshop will focus on incorporating inclusive pedagogical strategies into course design in both course materials and classroom policies; the lesson plan workshop will focus on developing a lesson or series of lessons to expand course content and integrate inclusive strategies into lesson planning.

Participants are required to attend ONE of these sessions. Participants may choose which workshop better fits their interests and teaching circumstances.

These workshops will be scheduled shortly after the February conference. Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

The CDIPS program will train a second cohort of 30 educators at the 2023 conference, which will be fully online in February 2023. Information about application requirements and deadlines will be available in late summer or fall.

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