Teaching Excellence Grant


2022 Teaching Excellence Grant

Academic and Student Affairs is pleased to announce the opening of the second application period of the Teaching Excellence with Equity grant opportunity.  This three year, $5 million grant initiative is aimed at closing equity gaps through teaching excellence and building inclusive classroom environments. Grant dollars should be part of a larger institutional effort for transformational change aimed at closing equity gaps. This grant initiative provides an opportunity for colleges to apply for dollars to provide professional development and implement strategies, particularly those that are data-driven, evidence-based, culturally relevant, and aimed at transforming the classroom environment to be more inclusive and conducive to student success.  Though initially approved to kickoff in early 2020, this grant was paused due to the global pandemic. The first round of grant dollars were disbursed in Fall 2021.

Please read through the documents on the following tabs for full program details.

Program Timeline

Week of March 1, 2022 – Grant application period opens. Communicate to colleges with the grant application materials.

April 8, 2022 – Grant Informational Session 1 over Zoom

April 15, 2022 – Teaching Excellence with Equity Symposium

August 12, 2022 – Grant Informational Session 2 over Zoom

September 19, 2022 – Grant application period closes

September 20-October 3, 2022 – Application screening by review committee

Week of October 3, 2022 – Review committee meets to rank and decide on applications to fund

October 6-7, 2022 – Teaching Institute

Week of October 10, 2022 – Notifications to applicants about their application

Late October/Early November 2022 – Funds available to awardees


Teaching Excellence Grant Informational Sessions

Two information sessions will be held over Zoom. These sessions will be recorded and linked here for those unable to attend.

Session 1 Recording

Session 2

August 12, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 827 2990 6597
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Excellence Through Equity Minded Teaching – Virtual Symposium

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Teaching Excellence Institute

October 6-7, 2022, Arvada Center for Performing Arts

Keynote: Dr. Shakti Butler

Shakti Butler, PhD, visionary, filmmaker, transformative learning educator, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many – is President and Founder of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit transformative educational organization.  Shakti is an inspirational speaker, facilitator, trainer and lecturer who is sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions. Click Here to Read More.

Keynote Description: Reimagining Justice and Healing: Where Do We Go From Here?
Reimagining Justice and Healing: Where Do We Go From Here?

“We seek a way forward that honors peoples’ dignity and capacity to recover, to heal, to reclaim themselves, and possibly to return to each other in new relationships. We release the binary of right and wrong and instead pay attention to the complexity of the situation in front of us.”

The 1968 Kerner Commission’s report concluded 54 years ago that, “the nation was moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” The report went on to explain that poverty and institutional racism were driving inner-city violence. And yet, this deepening of racial division was not inevitable; choice was still possible. But how?

Separation and superiority have been historically and culturally infused into modern culture. People of color are still disproportionately impacted by racialization, poverty, and lack of access to basic human rights. This is a social disease. Many of us call for systemic and structural change. We talk about big ideas but are often not clear about the multitude of paradoxical challenges embedded in them. Are we willing to acknowledge how, in spite of the mountains of data we have gathered, we are still shackled to old ideas and approaches that perpetuate inequity. Where are we going and how do we heal?

We think we can find intellectual answers and yet, as Adrienne Maree Brown stated, ”even as advocates, we don’t have a ton of lived experience of what it feels like to be inside of accountable relationships or structures.” Can we cultivate and utilize practices that will allow us to explore and reconnect to ourselves, to one another and to the earth? If so, perhaps we might also allow ourselves to stumble toward repair, through private and public journeys into accountability and healing.

Keynote Workshop Description: Strategic Questioning
Strategic Questioning: An Approach to Creating Personal and Social Change

STRATEGIC QUESTIONING is the skill of asking the questions that will make a difference. It is a powerful tool for personal and social change. It is a tool for giving service to any issue… as it helps people discover their own strategies and ideas for change.

STRATEGIC QUESTIONING involves a special type of question and a special type of listening. We can use strategic questioning to help friends, co-workers, political allies and adversaries to create their own solutions to any problem.

STRATEGIC QUESTIONING is a process that usually changes the listener as well as the person being questioned. A strategic question opens both of us to another point of view. It invites our ideas to shift and take into account of new information and new possibilities. And it invokes that special creativity that can forge fresh strategies for resolving challenges.

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