Fitchburg State faculty is committed to improving their practice of teaching students as an evolving process, are taking part in this summer's Faculty Academy Program.
The Faculty Academy’s work is built around themes raised in “The Pedagogy of Real Talk: Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting with Students At-Promise” by Dr. Paul G. Hernandez, a nationally recognized educator and consultant who has presented at Fitchburg State.
“The pedagogy helps us connect better with students, so that ‘at risk’ students are less ‘at risk,’ and more ‘at promise,’” said Professor Sean C. Goodlett from the university’s Economics, History and Political Science Department.
“A big part of what we do is make ourselves vulnerable with students, so we have more opportunities to establish connections,” Goodlett said. Hernandez’s pedagogy then invites faculty to frame their lessons in terms relatable to students.