Harvard Kennedy School launched the SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) initiative in the fall of 2007 to reaffirm its commitment to top performance in professional education, ensuring that HKS faculty match their intellectual distinction with a mastery of classroom skills.
SLATE offers professional development, consultation services, and a growing toolkit of tested materials to ensure that all participants in the HKS enterprise can make the most of every precious opportunity to learn.
SLATE’s mission has three aspects, each led by a faculty co-chair:
- Preparing and distributing curricular materials such as classic cases, teaching plans, multimedia cases, cross-disciplinary exercises, and simulations
- Developing, disseminating, and recognizing teaching capacities required for excellence in professional-school education
- Forging assessment tools that will help faculty gauge student learning