Past Events

Questioning Assumptions: The Hidden Curriculum with James Harold and Liz Markovits

Sep. 14, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
318 Blanchard Hall

What do we assume students already know? What unintentional messages are we sending students? Join this Talking about Teaching luncheon workshop to participate in the conversation.

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Teaching and Scholarship Renewal Workshops 2018- REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

May. 14, 2018 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
May. 15, 2018 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
May. 16, 2018 8:30 am – 2:45 pm
Willits-Hallowell Center

Keynote speaker, May 15: Stephen Brookfield, author of The Skillful Teacher and Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher

Breakfast (8:30am) and Lunch (12:15pm) will be served each day, Registration required

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What's the big idea? Using Learning Goals for Inclusion

Apr. 6, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Sarah Frenette

Identifying desired results related to the learning goals of a course helps educators craft courses, classes, assessments and assignments that lead to understanding. In this session, we will share the desired results that we have for our own courses and work backwards to investigate actions that support reaching those outcomes. Feel free to bring one of your course descriptions or syllabi along to the workshop.

Teaching & Learning Within the Community: Getting Started with CBL -- POSTPONED UNTIL FALL

Mar. 2, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Alan Bloomgarden

How do CBL courses work and where can you start? Come hear from faculty with CBL experience and find out what supports there are for this work, as well as what kinds of programs and organizations CBL is already working with. Faculty will have a chance to explore how CBL might work for their course and what models—including individual student project and whole course plans--they might use.


Open Classrooms Week

Feb. 26 – Mar. 1, 2018 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Please join us for Open Classrooms Week! February 26- March 1, 2018

A week-long event for faculty to open their classes and create opportunities for colleagues to explore new pegagogies, spark conversations across disciplines, and check out technologies and materials.

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Pedagogy Roundtable: Anti-Slavery Literature and Its Legacies

Feb. 23, 2018 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
102 Shattuck Hall, the Cassani Room

Join our distinguished panelists for a conversation about classroom approaches to 19th-century anti-slavery literature in the current era of the Black Lives Matter movement at 1:00 pm. Registration required for the luncheon from 12:30-1:00 only.

Presented by the Five Colleges Seminar on Global Cultures of the Long 19th Century, panelists on the pedagogy roundtable include: Frances Botkin (English, Towson University); Kimberly Juanita Brown (English & Africana Studies, Mount Holyoke College); Sean Gordon (English, UMass Amherst)
; and Patricia Matthew (English, Montclair State University)

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Feb. 14, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Serin Houston (Assistant Professor of Geography & International Relations), Lynn Morgan (Professor and Chair of Sociology & Anthropology), and Kirk Lange (Director of International Experiential Learning).

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This Old Syllabus: (Re)Design for Inclusion - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Jan. 16, 2018 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Willits-Hallowell, Executive Board Room

During this hands-on workshop, a team from TLI, RIS, and AccessAbility Services will help you redesign your syllabus to ensure that all students can engage with your course. The first part will review inclusive and accessible course design principles. The second part will allow you to get out your laptop and focus on implementation within the syllabus document itself. Jumpstart your Spring semester with us!  With Megan Brooks, Emily Dean, Chrissa Lindahl, Elizabeth Markovits, and Kaitlin Molloy.

Workshop with Dr. P. Gorski: Cultivating Students' Social Justice Thinking- REGISTRATION CLOSED

Jan. 16, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Willits-Hallowell, Executive Board Room

 “Cultivating Students’ Social Justice Thinking: A Pedagogy for Critical Consciousness.”


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What Are Grades For?

Dec. 1, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Amy Grillo and Elizabeth Markovits

Grades are so much a part of our academic culture that we often don’t ask ourselves what purposes they serve. Are we using them to compare students’ achievements against each other, or are we using them to measure students’ progress towards specific criteria? How do grades affect student motivation and learning? What does research say about the uses and usefulness of grades? Come share your thoughts, experiences and questions about the role of grades in teaching and learning.

Global-Local POSTPONED

Nov. 17, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Serin Houston (Assistant Professor of Geography & International Relations), Lynn Morgan (Professor and Chair of Sociology & Anthropology), and Kirk Lange (Director of International Experiential Learning).

The Global-Local Initiative fosters student understanding of the interrelationships between the global and local- how processes are expressed and made meaningful at multiple scales and how individuals and communities are affected by and participants in global and local processes and systems. The lunch conversation will focus (a) on curricular possibilities to integrate global-local into the classroom and (b) on scaffolding for experiences that enable our students to make sense of their curricular and co-curricular learning across different sites, domestically and abroad.

Faculty Workshop with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum- REGISTRATION FULL

Nov. 2, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Former Dean of Faculty and Acting President of Mount Holyoke College, and Ninth President of Spelman College (2002-2015), Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education.  Her areas of research include racial identity development, and the role of race in the classroom. She is the author of “Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation ‘ (2007) and “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race” (1997) as well as “Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community” (1987).

Disability in the Classroom: Bias, Differential Expectations, and Inclusion

Oct. 13, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Amber Douglas

This conversation will focus on exploring hidden or unintentional biases within the classroom toward students with disabilities. We will discuss how as faculty we work toward inclusion of all students while maintaining academic rigor and meeting our pedagogical goals.