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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. Please see below for a list of Spring 2015. HKS Faculty may sign-up here to observe a colleague.
|Faculty||Course # and Syllabus Link||Course Title||Day||Time||Room||Topic|
|Michael Ignatieff||DPI-205||Responsibility and Representation: Meeting the Demands of Public Life (DPI-205)||M||10:10 AM-11:30 AM||STARR||Mistakes with Language|
|Janina Matuszeski||API-206||Fundamentals of Program and Policy Evaluation (API-206)||T||8:40 AM-10:00 AM||STARR||Difference-in-Difference|
|Joshua Goodman||SUP-427||Analyzing Education Policy (SUP-427)||T||1:10 PM-2:30 PM||L-280||Work in Progress - Research Process|
|Jennifer Lerner||MLD-302||Reason, Passion, and Policymaking (MLD-302)||T||1:10 PM-2:30 PM||L-130||Emotion-Driven Responses to Terrorism|
|Michael Ignatieff||DPI-205||Responsibility and Representation: Meeting the Demands of Public Life (DPI-205)||W||10:10 AM-11:30 AM||STARR||Handling the Money|
|Janina Matuszeski||API-206||Fundamentals of Program and Policy Evaluation (API-206)||Th||8:40 AM-10:00 AM||STARR||Social Experiments (RCTs)|
|Thomas Patterson||DPI-101G||Political Institutions and Public Policy: American Politics (DPI-101G)||Th||10:10 AM-11:30 AM||L-230||Supreme Court Case Study: Citizens United|
|Joshua Goodman||SUP-427||Analyzing Education Policy (SUP-427)||Th||1:10 PM-2:30 PM||L-280||Work in Progress - Research Process|
|Lant Pritchett||PED-401Y||Applications and Cases in International Development (PED-401Y)||Th||2:40 PM-4:00 PM||LAND||State Capability Traps|
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.
HKS TEACHING SEMINAR LUNCHES – SPRING 2015
All seminars will take place in the Faculty Dining Room from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm. As always, lunch will be served.
OPENING THE CLASSROOM DOOR: REFLECTIONS FROM TEACHING WEEK (MARCH 2-5)
Thursday, March 5th - 11:45 am – 1:00 pm - Faculty Dining Room
Discussants: Teaching Week participants
At this session, faculty will discuss their experiences and reflections on observing colleagues' classes during Teaching Week. What kinds of things are we discovering--about our own teaching, and about our students--by watching someone else? What insights are emerging in post-class conversations? Two faculty (one who observed a class, another who was observed) will launch the discussion.
TEACHING ECONOMICS: CHALLENGES, STRATEGIES, REFLECTIONS
Thursday, March 26th– 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Faculty Dining Room
Discussant: David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics
In this session, particularly targeted for HKS faculty trained as economists, we’ll be joined by David Laibson, recipient of Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa Prize and a Harvard College Professorship for his teaching, and internationally known for his research. David is also the author of a new Principles of Economics textbook written with Daron Acemoglu and John List. David will reflect on some of the challenges he’s faced and strategies he's developed in teaching Economics at Harvard for the last two decades, and his views on the relationship between teaching and research. Then we will open up the session for informal discussion.
HACKING YOUR TEACHING: A TEACHING ROUNDTABLE
Monday, April 6th - 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Faculty Dining Room
Discussants: Kessely Hong, David King
This session continues our “teaching roundtable" format, with discussants bringing more questions than answers. Kessely and Steve each will present a teaching challenge they’ve faced or are facing, describing the situation, why it was / is challenging, what approaches they’ve tried, and with what effect. Then we'll open up a “hacking” or brainstorming discussion among colleagues: who has faced a similar challenge? what has worked well in similar situations? Other advice, recommendations or reflections?
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.
HGSE Master Class with Dan Levy: "Making Learning Memorable"
On Thursday, February 26, HGSE's Master Class welcomed Dan Levy, faculty chair of SLATE and senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Levy, whose Master Class is titled "Making Learning Memorable," teaches courses in quantitative methods and program evaluation and has won multiple teaching awards throughout his career, including the Kennedy School’s Carballo Award. Bridget Terry Long, HGSE academic dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics served as the discussant.
Watch the full 90-minute Master Class, go to: www.gse.harvard.edu/news/15/02/master-class-dan-levy.
Read an interview with Dan Levy on making learning memorable: www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/15/03/making-learning-memorable.
HGSE Master Class is a series at HGSE celebrating inspiring teaching in its many forms. Each event is 90 minutes in length and involves a demonstration of teaching followed by a reflective discussion with the participants.