Curricular Innovations: Introductory American Government Courses

Dr. José Villalobos, Dr. Todd Curry, and I are grateful to receive a UT System Curricular Innovation Grant to develop curricula for political science introductory courses. While our curricular innovation program focuses on introductory American Government and Politics courses, the program is designed to be adaptable for a variety of courses and flexible in terms of delivery format. We focus on four synergistic pillars, which can be integrated into courses through a variety of ways:

1) Community Engagement,

2) Empathetic and Ethical Leadership,

3) Antiracism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE)

4) Politics and Policy in Action

In the spirit of community sharing and learning, I offer my work on the Empathetic and Ethical Leadership pillar and AIDE pillar. Each pillar includes a theory and rationale for the curricular innovation, learning outcomes, strategies and activities for implementation, and ideas for evaluation. These pillars are not prescribed best practices, but rather guiding practices that can be adapted and revised to fit institutional, instructor, and student needs.

Empathetic and Ethical Leadership

Implementation

Evaluation

Antiracism, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE)

Theory and Rationale (uploaded soon)

Learning Outcomes (uploaded soon)

Implementation (uploaded soon)

Evaluation (uploaded soon)

UTEP CFLD Grab-N-Go Video: Antiracism and Inclusivity http://bit.ly/sol_grabgo_antiracism-inclusion

Grab-N-Go Series: https://www.utep.edu/faculty-development/sol/grabngo.html


Additional AIDE Resources

Decolonial Politics: https://decolonialpolitics.com

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA): https://naisa.org

The Red Nation: https://therednation.org/

Project Implicit: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Zinn Education Project: https://www.zinnedproject.org

The 1619 Project: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

The 400 Years Project: https://www.400yearsproject.org

The Race Institute: http://www.raceinstitute.org/anti-racist-resources-for-teachers.html

Early Childhood Education Assembly: https://www.earlychildhoodeducationassembly.com/resources-for-educators-focusing-on-anti-racist-learning-and-teaching.html

Learning for Justice: https://www.learningforjustice.org; https://www.learningforjustice.org/classroom-resources/lessons/countering-islamophobia

Teaching LGBTQIA+ History: http://www.lgbtqhistory.org/how-to-teach-lgbtq-history/

Teachers as LGTBQIA+ Allies: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/education-teaching-degree/lgbtq-youth/

Supporting LGBTQIA Youth Resource List: https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/resources-for-educators/supporting-lgbtqia-youth-resource-list

Teaching about Islamophobia: https://educators4sc.org/topic-resources/teaching-about-islamophobia/; https://dga.kennesaw.edu/caads/islamophobia/teaching_resources/index.php

Teaching Immigration: https://www.ilctr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Teaching-Immigration-with-the-Immigrant-Stories-Project-FINAL_opt.pdf;

Education Resources on Immigration: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/education-resources-on-immigration-immigrants-and-anti

Politics, Groups, and Identities (Academic Journal): https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rpgi20/current

PS: Political Science & Politics (Academic Journal): https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/ps-political-science-and-politics

The Root: https://www.theroot.com/

Indian Country Today: https://indiancountrytoday.com

Stop AAPI Hate: https://stopaapihate.org

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com

Native American Rights Fund: https://www.narf.org

Black in the Ivory: https://blackintheivory.net

#AtlantaSyllabus: https://asianamerican.wisc.edu/student-resources-2/atlantasyllabus/?fbclid=IwAR3FcihnqYzVx5yeXtnEoxxgWe-SNTxGoEWZ4T98oZ-Fkfu_eKiLfnd2Gog

Neurodiversity Hub: https://www.neurodiversityhub.org

Neurodiversity Network: https://www.neurodiversitynetwork.net