BranchED Bulletin | October 2021

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Humanizing Pedagogy

October 6, 2021 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Virtual 

The 2021-2022 Innovative Pedagogies Webinar Series will inspire participants to think about educational practice through lenses which center and humanize historically excluded learners.

Our hope is that participants will walk away with an invigorated teaching philosophy and toolkits that revolutionize their practice. This webinar features Dr. María del Carmen Salazar and Dr. William Anderson from the University of Denver.


About the Speakers:

Dr. María del Carmen Salazar is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction & Teacher Education in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Salazar has authored 35 publications and given 140 scholarly national and international presentations on humanizing pedagogy, equitable teaching and teacher evaluation, and college access and success for Latinx youth. She is the author of Teacher Evaluation as Culture: A Framework for Equitable and Excellent Teaching. 

Dr. William Anderson is Director of Teacher Education and Clinical Professor at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. He earned his Ed.D from the University of Colorado at Denver in Education Leadership for Educational Equity. Dr. Anderson was a secondary English teacher for 13 years and worked in special education at the beginning of his career. Dr. Anderson leads professional development on culturally sustaining practices and emancipatory pedagogies nationally. He was a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teachers Advisory Council, and he is a member of the National Geographic Teacher Advisory Council, and the Education Leaders of Color's Leadership Committee.


FALL WORKSHOP: Infographics as Assessment for Teacher Educators 

October 8, 2021 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Virtual

Teaching with infographics is a way to integrate multi-modality into face-to-face and online teaching, increasing inclusivity through options for accessing content. This two-hour workshop will guide participants through the use of infographics to aid instruction and will end with strategies for assessing learning with infographics. 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Aubree Evans has served in higher education for 18 years, both as a faculty member and an educational developer. She has been the Director of Professional Learning at BranchED since August 2019. Previously she was in faculty development at Texas Woman's University. She also served as faculty at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates in the department of English and Writing Studies and taught English as a second and foreign language at UT-Arlington, Clovis Community College, and a private school in Taiwan. 


Fall Workshop: Data Empowerment for Continuous Improvement: Exploring Tools to Build a Culture of Inquiry

Nuts & Bolts Webinar on Innovative Pedagogies: Pedagogy of Hope

December 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 CT | VIRTUAL

Nuts & Bolts Webinar on Innovative Pedagogies: English Language Arts (ELA) and Critical Pedagogy




Learn more about BranchED's educator preparation work

BranchED launches its third cohort of the National Teacher Preparation Transformation Center


University of North Carolina Pembroke

Azusa Pacific University

Texas A&M San Antonio 

Pacific Oaks College

BranchED is proud to announce its third National Teacher Preparation Transformation Center Cohort, which launched on Sept. 17. Four minority-serving institutions (MSIs) across the United States were selected to participate in the Fall 2021 Cohort. Through BranchED’s one-of-a-kind Quality Preparation Framework, Azusa Pacific University, Pacific Oaks College, Texas A&M University–San Antonio and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will spend the next three years strengthening their educator preparation programs (EPPs) to better prepare highly effective and diverse future educators. Congratulations to our awardees!



Read more about our other major organizational announcements

BranchED expands board of directors with National Geographic Society leader

Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) recently announced the addition of Dr. Vicki Phillips, Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society, to its board of directors.  

Phillips’ three-decade background in education will continue to advance BranchED’s work with educator preparation programs at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to produce quality teachers. 

Phillips has served in the education sector through many leadership roles, including as an educator, policymaker, non-profit leader, superintendent of schools and chief state school officer. She previously served as an education strategist, as CEO in residence for Educurious, and as the director of education, college ready, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  



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A message of wellness from BranchED

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Though we know Breast Cancer Awareness is not just about a single month in the year, we want to take advantage of this opportunity to acknowledge the importance of screenings for women over 40.  

In the image on the right, you'll see that mortality rates for Black women in particular are significantly higher than the rates for all women. Use this as a reminder to schedule your screening! Early detection saves lives. 

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