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TCC/Brighton Campus: Spring Conversation#2-Deficit Pedagogy v. Strengths-Based Pedagogy - POSTPONED

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12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Please join us on Monday, Mar. 16, from 12:00-12:50 p.m., in 12-201, as the TCC continues a year-long focus on Cia Verschelden's book Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization.

At some point or another, we have all felt the pull of negative attitudes about students, from the common complaint of “Students these days!” to laments about all that our students don’t know or can’t do. For many students, messages of inadequacy and failure are all they’ve heard for much of their lives, including from educators. Compound those messages with the fact that many students live financially- and socially-precarious lives, and it’s a situation that’s ripe for bias, miscommunication, and frustration.

 Join education professor Janet Waasdorp as she leads us in a conversation about what a deficit-focused pedagogy is, and how to transform mindset and classroom to a strengths-based one. In what ways do negative expectations reveal themselves in habits and behaviors? How does external motivation become intrinsic? Join us as we examine research-based studies that demonstrate the relationship between a strengths-approach and student success.


All faculty and staff are welcome.

Questions or comments? Please contact Amy Burtner, Brighton Faculty Chair for the TCC (


This event is designed to meet the following goals of the Teaching and Creativity Center:

  • Create a culture of critical reflection, continual growth, and faculty collaboration
  • Promote evidence-based, high-impact, innovative teaching strategies and support course design and implementation to improve student retention and learning

The particular outcomes for this conversation are for participants to make progress towards:

  • Utilizing critical reflection and evaluation of teaching practice
  • Expanding awareness of evidence-based strategies that promote student learning and retention
  • Implementing evidence-based strategies that promote student learning and retention
CONTACT: Amy Burtner <>
SPONSOR: Teaching and Creativity Center