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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) Schedule
To observe a colleague's class, please sign up here. You may click on syllabi below to review class information.
|Course Number||Course Title||Faculty||Date||Time||Location|
|MON, MARCH 28|
|DPI-120||The U.S. Congress and Law Making||King, David||Mon, March 28||2:45 PM-4:00 PM||STARR|
|TUE, MARCH 29|
|DPI-101 H||Political Institutions and Public Policy: American Politics||Baum, Matthew||Tue, March 29||10:15 AM-11:30 AM||BL-1|
|API-303||Game Theory and Strategic Decisions||Dogan, Pinar||Tue, March 29||11:45 AM-1:00 PM||L130|
|ITF-220||The Economics of International Financial Policy||Frankel, Jeffrey||Tue, March 29||1:15 PM-2:30 PM||L280|
|PED-209||Management, Finance, and Regulation of Public Infrastructure in Developing Countries||Lee, Henry||Tue, March 29||2:45 PM-4:00 PM||STARR|
|MLD-377||Organizing: People, Power, Change||Ganz, Marshall||Tue, March 29||2:45 PM-4:00 PM||L140|
|WED, MARCH 30|
|PED-102||Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design||Khwaja, Asim||Wed, March 30||10:15 AM-11:30 AM||L140|
|THU, MARCH 31|
|DPI-101 H||Political Institutions and Public Policy: American Politics||Baum, Matthew||Thu, March 31||10:15 AM-11:30 AM||BL-1|
|MLD-610||Generating and Using Evidence to Improve the Management of Your Organization||Wilson, Julie||Thu, March 31||11:45 AM-1:00 PM||1BA 401|
|API-102 B||Economic Analysis of Public Policy||Aldy, Joseph||Thu, March 31||1:15 PM-2:30 PM||STARR|
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.
Spring 2016 Schedule
Monday, Feb. 29th, 12:30 - 1:45 pm - **NOTE DIFFERENT TIME** - Faculty Dining Room
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN HKS CLASSROOMS
Discussant: Archon Fung
In this session, we’ll explore pedagogical strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion. Our starting point will be a document compiled recently by HKS faculty, “Ten Strategies for Promoting Classroom Inclusion” (https://knet.hks.harvard.edu/sites/Inclusion/Pages/Inclusion-Content.aspx), and then extend to a discussion of specific scenarios and experiences from HKS courses.
Monday, March 21, 11:45 - 1:00 pm - Faculty Dining Room
TEACHING & LEARNING WITH CASES, ACROSS COURSES AND FIELDS
Discussants: Tony Gomez-Ibanez, Chris Robichaud
How and why do cases promote engaged learning? By drawing learners in to grounded perspectives and decision points, what comparative advantages do cases bring, relative to other pedagogical tools we might use? Are cases used effectively only in qualitative courses such as ethics or leadership, or can they also work to teach quantitative material? In this session, recipients of last year’s HKS Teaching Awards—one a veteran case teacher, the other a relative newcomer—will reflect on teaching with cases across disciplines, in their core and elective courses, followed by open discussion.
Thursday, March 31, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Faculty Dining Room
OPENING THE CLASSROOM DOOR: REFLECTIONS FROM TEACHING WEEK (MARCH 28-31)
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.
Postponed until Fall 2016
DESIGNING FOR DEEP LEARNING: FRAMEWORKS FOR ENGAGING MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS
Discussants: Jorrit De Jong, Jennifer Lerner
When designing Executive Education programs and Degree Program courses, how do we take into account the multi-faceted levels of experience that learners bring into our classrooms? Much of the content in our classes can surface strong affective responses in students, but many instructors are disinclined to engage those dimensions, preferring to keep the discussion on a cognitive / analytic level. What are the gains and losses of that pedagogical approach? Are there ways to design, plan for, and implement strategies that take advantage of affective intensity in the service of our students' learning (rather than allowing it to overrun the discussion, or dismissing it altogether)? If so, what might that look like, concretely? This session will explore instructional factors to consider for engaging the whole person, including both cognitive and affective dimensions. After explaining some frameworks for design, Jorrit and Jenn will share some examples of attempts (both successful and not) to shape integrative learning environments.
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.