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This guide is intended for those who teach about criminal justice and mass incarceration and who want to incorporate the perspectives of formerly incarcerated people.
In addition to incorporating more literature that represents diverse viewpoints into the syllabus, it is also important to create a classroom environment where people feel comfortable sharing their own stories on their own terms, if they chose to. Creating a safe classroom environment can be done by following trauma-informed teaching practices that highlight the following:
Safety – students know what is expected of them through clearly articulated syllabus and assignments
Trustworthiness – students are trusted to complete their own work, rubrics are provided for all major assignments.
Collaboration – students are given the opportunity to collaborate with each other to build a learning community.
Choice - students are given accurate information about what classes they need to take for their degree (this relates more to advising) and choice is built in – if possible – to assignments.
Empowerment – students are empowered to ask questions, provide feedback, take charge of their own learning.
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