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SLATE aims to ensure that HKS faculty match their intellectual distinction with a mastery of classroom skills and a toolkit of tested materials, so that all participants in the HKS enterprise can make the most of every precious opportunity to learn.
No other professional school of public service has mounted a comparably ambitious effort to promote pedagogical excellence.
SLATE’s mission has three aspects, each led by a faculty co-chair:
SLATE hosts a variety of programs for Kennedy School faculty through the academic year. Below are some key dates to note.
This program helps new faculty develop insights about how best to teach professional students at the Kennedy School. New faculty have the opportunity to talk with and listen to current faculty about managing HKS classes and to hear about our students and what it is like to teach at HKS. Part of the program is to participate in a case discussion and to briefly practice teaching and receive feedback.
AY15 dates: August 26-27, 2014
Once a year HKS designates a week as Teaching Week. During this week:
Teaching Week for AY15 will be March 2-6, 2015.
Click here for information about the most recent Teaching Week.
For strategies on making the most out of visiting colleagues' classes, see this handout: Strategies for Observing Teaching(PDF).
Click here to view a four-minute video about HKS faculty experiences and reflections on observing colleagues teach (HKS login required).
A five-minute video was developed during the Spring 2011 Teaching Week that shares HKS student views on great teaching. Click here to view the video(HKS login required).
These seminars feature strategies and faculty perspectives on teaching and learning at HKS, and take place over lunch in the Faculty Dining Room. The Fall 2014 sessions are:
·Hacking Your Teaching / Teaching Roundtable
Monday, September 29th– 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Faculty Dining Room
·Quick Ways to Engage Students in Active Learning
Monday, Oct. 20th– 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Faculty Dining Room
·Using Qualtrics to Engage Students, Gather Feedback, and Generate Data
Monday, November 17th– 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Faculty Dining Room
·Equipping Students to Work Effectively in Teams
Tuesday, December 2nd– 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Faculty Dining Room
This seminar offers pedagogical training for effective case teaching and provide each participant with an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on case teaching. If you are interested in learning more about the HKS case teaching seminar, please contact Carolyn Wood.