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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.
AY16: August 25-26, 2015
Documents and Resources for SLATE's New Faculty Institute (HKS login required)
Once a semester HKS designates a week as Teaching Week. During this week:
AY16 Spring Teaching Week: March 28-April 1, 2016
Spring schedule coming soon!
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 2016
All seminars will take place in the Faculty Dining Room from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm. As always, lunch will be served.
Spring schedule coming soon!
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.
The SLATE Research and Innovation Gallery shares projects that advance teaching and learning at Harvard Kennedy School.
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.