The ACE way of teaching says that everyone and their experiences carry value and will be included in every aspect of the learning environment and lessons. Teaching Without Borders with Active Centralized Empowerment means to address and remove walls that are counterproductive to achieving a fully inclusive environment. This critical pedagogy is used to bring out the best in students, teachers, as well as learning spaces! Unlike the traditional way of teaching, this critical pedagogy is specifically designed to empower and include all students as well as enhance the learning environment. Constructs such as race, gender, sex, physically special, economic backgrounds that can be used as borders that deter and block conversations, oppress students’ voices, existence, and experiences, are transformed into value aspects. The ACE classroom becomes a flowing, learning space of self-value, self-agency and empowerment and inclusionary practices of power within a collective. It is learning in an environment of diverse people, opinions and voices without being marginalized and where the authentic Self is appreciated, welcomed, included and respected. It is teaching the Human Being who happens to be a Student and learning and succeeding together. Tested, used and developed over 15 years, Dr. Janice Marie Collins says it is a fun and involved way to teach subjects while learning and practicing the true meaning of inclusion.
By including inclusionary storytelling in all of my classes, across different countries, disciplines, and age groups, I have found that participation of underrepresented students and students found in the majority is enhanced. Each of these online stories were produced by students working as groups to, intentionally and deliberately, de-marginalize something that needed to be centered.
A series of self-reflections from students about each assignment they completed from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester. These reflections assist in developing critical thinking, accountability and responsibility, self-esteem, value and agency. It is wonderful to see how each student improved and grew from one assignment to the next as well as supported one another in class via their blogs. Taking stories and their work Off the Shelf for a closer look and sharing their work, lessons and progress Online.
Self-Reflection blogs produced by students in multimedia/online classes.
Self-Reflection blogs of intermediate and Advanced students in broadcast/online journalism classes.
Self-Reflection blogs of Freshmen students in Fine Arts classes of Discovery!
Student-produced news blog articles that covered how the media covered the pandemic and Final Self-Reflection blogs by the same students on how the pandemic affected them, their work and their lives.
Various single-entry blogs from various students of varying ages and education levels who participated in ACE-framed workshops and labs directed by Dr. Collins.
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From 15 years of research and over 30 years of experience, the critical pedagogy, Active Centralized Empowerment: Teaching Without Borders was developed. Multiple award winning educator, scholar, researcher, creative, and journalist, Dr. Janice Marie Collins, shares strategies on how to be more inclusive in empowering ways for your students and learning environment, no matter the discipline or educational level. You will learn strategies of teaching the human being who happens to be a student. Experience and research-based, this critical pedagogy is timely and essential for teaching in today’s diverse world. Together, we can make the world and learning spaces better, more effective, and more inclusive—one student and one class at a time. I hope you enjoy my book and ACE’ing it in the classroom. It is your Preparation for Elevation and Application toward ACE’ing it!
Preparation Elevation Application
For Descriptions and Instructions on these and other Activities, including Leadership & Inclusion ThruLines and Other Nice TidBits, order your copy of Teaching Without Borders!
From All Over the World and here in the states, voices are being heard and used to Educate, Empower, Include and practice Empathy and Compassion and Encouragement. There is power in Storytelling-whether it is used for ACEing it in the classroom, connecting to other countries for Sustainable and Development Goals, practicing Responsible Media Messaging, or simply bringing Global Citizens together.