Intercultural Teaching: PD for KPU Faculty
Intercultural Teaching: PD for KPU Faculty
Developing and modelling intercultural capacity has become an important objective for college and university staff and faculty. The increased cultural diversity of student populations has prompted many institutions to provide sustained professional development programming to enhance service, pedagogy and curricula. Moreover, educational institutions are responding to national calls to action through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which task educators with “Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect” (Call 63iii).
This three-day program will provide a foundation for KPU professionals to plan the creation of a culture of inclusion by reflecting on our intercultural capacities, reviewing intercultural theories, reconsidering inclusive pedagogies for the changing student demographics and revising learning outcomes to support intercultural capacity development for all students.
Registrants must commit to participating in all 3 days (9:00 to 4:00). Space is limited by Faculty (Register/Join Waitlist)
Part 1: Monday, April 8 9:00-4:00
- Internationalization: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
- Intercultural Capacity Building
- Culture in the Classroom: Exploring Expectations and Assumptions
- Intercultural Development Models
Part 2: Wednesday, May 1 9:00-4:00
- Writing Across Borders: culturally influenced rhetorical styles and writing practices
- Intergroup Contact Stereotypes and behaviours
- Facilitating multicultural group work
- Intercultural learning outcomes: Backwards design
Part 3: Thursday, May 2 9:00-4:00
- Intercultural Communication
- Inclusion and cultural capital
- Designing learning outcomes
- Assessments and learning activities
Kyra Garson is a faculty member at Thompson Rivers University who currently works as the coordinator for interculturalization of the campus. She has coordinated TRU’s Interculturalizing the Curriculum faculty professional development program since 2008 which supports faculty to consider how intercultural approaches support inclusive pedagogies. Her research interests include faculty development and the need to revisit pedagogy and curriculum for 21st-century learning outcomes. Kyra’s doctoral study entitled “Are We Graduating Global Citizens?” received the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education’s dissertation of the year award in 2014. In 2011, she received the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s Internationalization Award for her work supporting faculty in Interculturalizing curricula. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the British Columbia Council for International Education.
Emma Bourassa has been involved with international education since 1992. She has been an educator in intercultural communication since 2006, focusing on the learner and educator experience of intercultural interactions. She recently retired from teaching ESL and TESL (Teaching ESL post-degree certificate program) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, located on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc people. Research from her M.Ed Curriculum Studies involved becoming an international student to better understand the experiences of both the learner and educator. Research continued to explore intercultural communication in the higher education context. She has facilitated professional development for faculty, staff and student teachers locally, nationally and internationally. She is currently the President of the B.C. chapter of SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Training, Research and Education). You can find out more at emmabourassa.com
Feedback from Previous Participants
- Thank you for funding me to attend this “Intercultural awareness/communication” workshop. It has opened my eyes to my need to adjust my economics pedagogy to account for culturally diverse learners. This is an important matter, given the significant increase in international students in my classes. I have devised a basic plan to alter my pedagogy and will seek to implement it in the days ahead!
- The Interculturalizing the Curriculum was one of the best PD experience I’ve had. I’m leaving the workshop with tangible “ACTIONS” that will be in my class this fall. These relate to the changes in content and assessment but in addition to this, I’ve gained many ideas on shifts in facilitation I will make a part of my regular practice. It was energizing to be in this workshop with my colleagues.
- Through the process of participating in the ICC program, I learned that there is huge potential to incorporate these concepts into the Public Relations program, both in classroom management and course content. It would be exciting to see the department as a whole embrace this learning as a unified departmental initiative.
- The value of Interculturalizing the Curriculum workshop is immeasurable…The program offers actionable ways for all faculty, regardless of their exposure to the work of interculturalization, to make shifts that will enhance their practice and improve student outcomes. I highly recommend funding this program for all faculty.
- I highly recommend this 3-day workshop. I found it both personally and professionally helpful- a real growth experience. In addition to great content, the workshop as extremely well presented, offering compelling models of instruction. Following this workshop, I feel better prepared and more enthusiastic for working with international students, but also adapting my teaching materials to be more inclusive and supportive of sustainability.