Winter 2018 Seminar Series

Racist fliers, hateful graffiti, hurricanes, mass shootings, emails threatening violence:  Students often report feeling alienated or confused when instructors in their courses do not acknowledge such unsettling events going on in the world outside the classroom. We know that students can find it difficult to learn in the midst of such troubling events and that courses across the curriculum can offer students tools for understanding and navigating a broad range of relevant issues. But given the frequent turmoil in recent months on our campus and beyond, it's not always easy for instructors to decide whether and how to address such events with our students, especially when we already have a full schedule of learning activities planned. What considerations might guide such decisions?  This workshop provides an opportunity for instructors to think together about that question and then work through several options for engaging with students about emerging events on campus and beyond. We will consider strategies ranging from a brief acknowledgment to a substantial revision of your lesson plan and will pay particular attention to best practices for framing classroom conversations about potentially sensitive topics. 

Event Information
Dates: 
Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location (Room): 
CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
Presenter(s): 
Theresa Braunschneider, Associate Director and Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, CRLT
Presenter(s): 
Victoria A. Genetin, Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusivity, CRLT
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2, Multicultural Teaching
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This workshop is intended for instructors interested in learning how to ethically and effectively teach about race, ethnicity, and inequality in racially homogeneous classrooms. Instructors may worry that teaching about and discussing race and ethnicity in classrooms that lack racial and ethnic diversity may bring up issues such as tokenism, misrepresentation, silence, and resistance. This workshop is designed to offer a framework and strategies to help prevent and address these issues as they arise. This workshop may of particular interest to instructors teaching R&E courses, but is open to all.

Event Information
Dates: 
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location (Room): 
CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
Presenter(s): 
Whitney Peoples, Instructional Consultant, Focus on Race & Ethnicity Courses, CRLT
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2, Multicultural Teaching
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This session offers an opportunity to practice active learning techniques by presenting a lesson to a small peer group. In advance, participants review short online videos about active learning. Then, participants plan and deliver a 10-minute lesson using active learning. Finally, participants reflect on their experience and exchange supportive feedback.

For GSIs, IAs, and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Practice teaching sessions will be in the Gorguze Family Laboratory (home of CRLT-Engin). You should report promptly at either 3:15 or 5:45 pm to 211 Gorguze Family Laboratory, where you will be directed to your Practice Teaching room.

Select one of four sessions:
Session 1: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Session 3: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 3:30-5:30 pm
Session 4: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm

Click here to register for one of these four sessions.

Event Information
Dates: 
Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Wed, 02/07/2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location (Room): 
CRLT-Engineering (211 Gorguze Family Laboratory on North Campus)
Audience: 
Graduate Students and Postdocs Only
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2
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Research shows that when students worry about fulfilling a negative stereotype related to certain social identities, it can hurt their learning (a phenomenon known as stereotype threat). Research also shows that an instructor’s beliefs about their own and their students’ intelligence and ability impact the classroom environment. In this interactive session, participants will reflect on instructor and student social identities and learn about strategies for mitigating stereotype threat and encouraging a growth mindset for students in their classes.

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Event Information
Dates: 
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Location (Room): 
Johnson Rooms, 3rd Floor, Lurie Engineering Center (North Campus)
Presenter(s): 
Audra Baleisis, Instructional Consultant, CRLT-Engineering
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2, Multicultural Teaching
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Creating a productive learning environment where students are engaged in critical thinking and problem solving can be challenging. In this session, participants will explore research-based teaching practices that can enhance student learning and engagement in various contexts, including labs, recitations, and office hours.

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Event Information
Dates: 
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Location (Room): 
Johnson Rooms, 3rd Floor, Lurie Engineering Center (North Campus)
Presenter(s): 
Ryan Kitson
Presenter(s): 
Francisco Aldarondo
Audience: 
Graduate Students and Postdocs Only
Eligible for Certificate: 
Eligible for Graduate Teacher Certificate - Requirement B2
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