Training Frequently Asked Questions

Training Frequently Asked Questions

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If your question is not answered below, please call CELT at 515-294-5357 or email

Overall questions

Who is expected to participate in the training?

The Provost has indicated that there is an expectation that every faculty member will participate in the Inclusive Classroom annual training outlined in the ten actions (PDF) and President Wintersteen’s message from Nov. 8, 2019 (PDF). Learn more from the SVPP Academic Affairs Campus Climate Initiatives webpage.

The departmental training scheduled by the chair/unit leader and delivered face-to-face or synchronously online by CELT.

During the facilitated training, CELT has observed that the participants appreciate the opportunity to discuss inclusive teaching with their colleagues.

CELT facilitates the face-to-face/online synchronous program, curates resources and learning modules. Participation tracking and organizing the actual training is at the local departmental/unit level; therefore, the department chair/unit leadership is the primary contact.

If you have any questions, contact your Dean.

What is the CELT Inclusive Classroom annual training?

Our directive from the senior leadership is for CELT to “… conduct annual training for faculty in each academic department on the importance of, and approaches to, creating an inclusive classroom environment,” which supports the “University actions to address racism and discrimination” outlined in these ten actions (PDF), and President Wintersteen’s message from Nov. 8, 2019 (PDF)

CELT developed 2020 Annual Inclusive Classroom Training, based upon the 2015 Inclusive Classroom framework, in consultation with our CELT Faculty Fellows, the CELT Advisory Board, faculty members, campus partners, and Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost. 

Since 2015, CELT has presented the Inclusive Classroom workshops to over 400 individuals. The Inclusive Classroom Task Force, whose membership included faculty senate representatives, faculty, staff members, graduate students, and undergraduate students, developed the 2015 Inclusive Classroom framework for the workshops. 

President Wendy Wintersteen, Senior Vice President Provost Jonathan Wickert, and Faculty Senate President Jonathan Sturm share a thank you in the President’s Message for Inclusive Classroom Training YouTube video. This message is for instructors participating in the Inclusive Classroom initiative lead by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Here is a web article that frames our initial Inclusive Classroom framework: An Inclusive Classroom Framework: Resources, Onboarding Approach, and Ongoing Programs web article (Faculty Focus).

Is the annual training held each year? Are each year’s objectives different?

Yes, the annual training is the result of the ten actions (PDF)  outlined in President Wintersteen’s message that CELT will “… conduct annual training for faculty in each academic department on the importance of, and approaches to, creating an inclusive classroom environment.”

The AY20-21 training objectives include:

  • Recognize why teaching inclusively is important.
  • Identify course-specific improvements to foster inclusive excellence in the classroom.

Whereas, the AY21-22 training focuses on “Our Students: Creating a sense of belonging.” To learn more about the Training, visit the Inside Iowa State article, “Second year of inclusive classroom training focuses on belonging.”  

How is participation tracked in the Inclusive Classroom?

CELT facilitates the face-to-face/synchronous program, curated resources, and the learning modules. 

Participation tracking and organizing the actual training is at the local departmental/unit level. When a faculty member attends a different unit’s training, the hosting unit leader should send a notification of the completion to the faculty member’s chair. 

As an additional record of your completion of the face-to-face/online synchronous session, we encouraged participants to take a photo or selfie of the experience to record their attendance.

Contact the leadership listed on the training schedule for the departments

I am unable to attend my unit’s scheduled training; what can I do?

Faculty who cannot attend their unit’s scheduled training will need to identify a different one and request an invitation to participate by contacting the leadership listed on the training schedule for the departments’ page

When attending a different unit’s training, please ask the hosting unit leader to send a notification of the completion to your chair. 

How can I continue the work from the Inclusive Classroom training?

Here are some ways for you to continue the work from the Inclusive Classroom annual training:

  • Discuss supplementary CELT inclusive classroom-related programming, resources, and strategies during your unit meetings.
  • Stay current with the bi-weekly CELT Teaching Tips and CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom page.
  • Participate in upcoming inclusive classroom programs.
  • Continually promote Campus Resources to Support Students at Iowa State University.
  • Share inclusive classroom examples, recent publications, and field-related research with your colleagues periodically. Research your disciplinary journals and distribute key articles with your colleagues. For help, consult with your subject librarian via ISU’s Find your Librarian webpage.
  • Recognize and celebrate your colleagues’ Inclusive Classroom successes with unit leadership and the College administration.
  • Consider hosting a unit-wide Inclusive Classroom teaching and learning community to build community.
  • Communicate any feedback, strategies, or successes received from your colleagues about the Inclusive Classroom through email to

Academic Year 2021-22 Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between the online synchronous and face-to-face versions of the training?

No. CELT will facilitate mirrored objectives, content, and activities in both modalities (online synchronous or face-to-face).