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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.
“The mission of the Kennedy School is to train exceptional public leaders and to generate ideas that help solve pressing public problems. One of the strengths of the School is the wide range of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives of its students, faculty and staff—in terms of race, gender, country of origin, sexual orientation, religion, political viewpoint, physical abilities, life experience, and much more. Making the best use of our diversity and becoming a more inclusive community are important for our daily lives at HKS, for the impact we have on the world today, and for the ability of our students to work effectively in a complex world after they graduate.”
--Dean Douglas Elmendorf, 27 January 2016
The following resources are designed to enhance HKS faculty’s capacity for leveraging diversity in creating inclusive, productive learning experiences for all.
Created by and for HKS faculty, this resource offers ten strategies to help instructors more effectively “to take advantage of opportunities for teaching and learning that diversity creates, to grapple with some challenges posed by the diversity of our student body, and to foster considerate speaking and generous listening.”
Based on research findings from social psychology and learning science, this guide from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Teaching & Learning provides six evidence-based practices for reducing stereotype threat and bias, and engaging all students.
Written by Lee Warren (former Director of Professional Pedagogy at SLATE and Emerita Associate Director at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning), these guides present approaches for “turning difficult encounters into learning opportunities” as instructors engage “important, but hot, topics -- religion, politics, race, class, gender” in classroom discussions.
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.
AY17: August 23-24, 2016
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:
AY17 Spring Teaching Week Coming Soon
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.
Fall 2016 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.