Academic Affairs and the Office of Student Affairs and Community Equity and Inclusion have partnered with the Lindenwood Learning Academy to provide a special professional development opportunity for Lindenwood faculty and staff.
To earn the Certificate, participants complete:
At least two hours of 'Core Development Activities'
Required webinar: Equity-Centered Assessment: Concepts and Strategies (see below)
At least four 'Focused Development Activities'*
A reflective account of professional practice
Download full description of Certificate requirements here.
*Participants can substitute one workshop or webinar from a conference or other external event toward one of the Focused Development Activities, as long as the session was related to culturally responsive assessment.
Core Development Activities
Complete at least two hours' professional development from this list:
- Any of the Diversity Trainings offered by Lindenwood University's Center for Diversity and Inclusion
- Safezone Training, Implicit Bias Training, or any similar workshop taken previously (even if at another organization)
- Required Webinar: Equity-Minded Assessment: Concepts and Strategies, Facilitated by Dr. Gavin Henning and Dr. Anne Lundquist. Click here for more information.
Culturally responsive assessment is...
...assessment that is mindful of the student populations the institution serves, using language that is appropriate for all students when developing learning outcomes, acknowledging students’ differences in the planning phases of an assessment effort, developing and/or using assessment tools that are appropriate for different students, and being intentional in using assessment results to improve learning for all students." (Montenegro and Jankowski, 2017, p. 10)
Required Webinar: “Equity-Centered Assessment: Concepts and Strategies”
Facilitated by Dr. Gavin Henning, New England College and Dr. Anne Lundquist, Anthology (formerly CampusLabs)
Focused Development Opportunities
Participants engage with at least four webinars from this list to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate.
"Knowing Your Students and Being Vulnerable: Engagement for Equity-Building"
Facilitated by Dr. Divya Bheda, Higher Education Consultant
"Assessment Actions Toward Equity"
Facilitated by Dr. Joseph D. Levy, National Louis University
"Engaging Diverse Student Populations Through Inclusive Assessment"
Facilitated by Dr. Marjorie Dorimé-Williams, University of Missouri-Columbia
"Strategies for Culturally Responsive Assessment Design: Reflexive Teaching, Contemplative Pedagogy and Student-Centered Assignments"
Facilitated by Dr. Melissa Elmes, Lindenwood University
"Action Planning for Socially Just Assessment"
Facilitated by Dr. Gavin Henning, New England College
"Promoting Equity in Learning Through Reflective Writing"
Facilitated by Dr. Karen Singer-Freeman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Employing an Equity Mindset to Help Identify Equity Gaps and to Design Intentional Interventions to Address Them"
Facilitated by Dr. Jeff Roberts, Sam Houston State University
"Using Equity for Everyone: Using Data to Develop Continuous Improvement Plans to Benefit an Entire Campus"
Facilitated by Matthew DeSantis, St. Edward's University
"The Impact of Self in Socially Just Assessment"
Facilitated by Dr. Roger "Mitch" Nasser, Lindenwood University
"Improving Assignments and Assessments to Increase Equity"
Facilitated by Dr. Christine Robinson, Ms. Harriet Hobbs, and Dr. Karen Singer-Freeman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
"Fostering Socially Just Learning Environments through Assessment: Instruments & Outcomes Alignment"
Facilitated by Katherine Yngve, Purdue University
"Writing Learning Outcomes for Social Justice Education"
Facilitated by Dr. Scott Tharp, DePaul University
Reflective Account of Professional Practice
This step is required to claim the Certificate.
To claim the Certificate, participants are required to submit a 1000-word (approx) reflective narrative outlining how the concepts they explored in the Core Development Activities and the Focused Development Activities have influenced their professional practice.
Reflective accounts are uploaded via the Canvas site for the Certificate. Email Assessment@lindenwood.edu to be added to the Canvas site.
Once submitted, the Reflective Accounts will be peer-reviewed for feedback, and the Certificate will be awarded!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Check here for answers to your burning questions!
1. I want to earn the Certificate! How do I get started?
To initiate the Certificate, email Assessment@lindenwood.edu to be added to the Canvas site.
2. I have a question. Who do I ask?
Email Assessment@lindenwood.edu and we will help you with any question. No question is too big or too small.
3. Can I participate in these activities without intending to earn the Certificate?
Absolutely! All trainings and webinars are open to all Lindenwood faculty and staff, regardless of whether they intend to earn the Certificate. Please join!
4. How do I submit my Reflective Account of Professional Practice?
When you are added to the Canvas site, you will find resources and guidance for writing and submitting your Reflective Account of Professional Practice.
5. I completed some of the Core Development Activities already. Do these count toward the Certificate?
Yes! In fact, you can count any of the Core Development Activities you have already done at Lindenwood OR at a previous institution (as long as you can provide some details).
6. I participated in a workshop on culturally responsive assessment elsewhere. Can this count?
Probably! Please email Assessment@lindenwood.edu to discuss your workshop experience and how it might contribute toward the Certificate.
7. I know someone who would be an awesome workshop facilitator or speaker!
That is great news. Please email Assessment@lindenwood.edu to share details. We might be able to bring them to campus next year.
9. Is this Certificate relevant to me?
These webinars are designed to provide key takeaways for anyone who supports student learning or who use data about students to inform planning, decision making, and continuous improvement.