Teaching for Retention through the Lens of Inclusion

  • Shakira A. Kennedy Touro College Graduate School of Social Work
  • Joan M. Groessl University of Wisconsin Green Bay Social Work Professional Programs
Keywords: lifelong learning, practice competency, experiential learning

Abstract

As we interface with a diverse world, it is inevitable that we will use our cultural lens to adapt information. Continuing education material must be developed through the lens of inclusive practice. Therefore, teaching for retention requires a deliberate commitment to an anti-oppressive framework while being mindful of the theoretical perspectives that exclude or marginalize. Providing a holistic approach to teaching will help to develop a diverse group of lifelong learners who mirror the population. This paper will reflect the changing landscape of how we, two professors teaching pedagogy, have been shaped by the deliberate intentions of incorporating inclusion into the academic and continuing education platforms.

Author Biographies

Shakira A. Kennedy, Touro College Graduate School of Social Work

Shakira A. Kennedy MSW, PhD, LMSW serves as a full-time  professor for Touro Graduate School of Social Work since 2016  specializing in Public Policy, Cultural Diversity, Organizational Context, Research and Licensing Preparation courses for students interested in taking the Licensed Master of Social Work Exam (LMSW). Dr. Kennedy is currently an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) scholar and sits on the National Association of Social Work-New York State Diversity Committee.  Her research interests are around licensing regulation and on the impact of race, power, privilege, and oppression on vulnerable population service delivery. Dr. Kennedy has a Bachelor in Sociology from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, Masters from Clark Atlanta University and a Doctorate from The University of Tennessee.

Joan M. Groessl, University of Wisconsin Green Bay Social Work Professional Programs

Joan Groessl, MSW, PhD, LCSW is Assistant Professor and BSW Program Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB).  Dr. Groessl teaches across the curriculum including a master’s level course in Contemporary Social Work Ethics. Dr. Groessl is currently an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) scholar and serves as chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the National Association of Social Workers-Wisconsin Chapter.  Her research interests include ethics, interdisciplinary practice, and leadership. Dr. Groessl has a Bachelor's in Social Work from UWGB, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Doctorate from Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI.

Published
2020-11-27