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Professional Development Opportunities from the Searle Center

Created: October 15, 2018
The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching is offering a variety of workshops designed to help graduate and postdoctoral students improve upon their teaching skills. 

Writing Effective Teaching Statements: Peer Review
Tuesday, November 6, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TGS Commons
2122 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Teaching statements are an important component of many academic job applications, but they can be challenging to write. Receiving feedback from peers can provide you with recommendations on how to clarify and improve your main claims about your teaching. Allowing others to read your writing can also give you critical insight into how your target audience may understand and interpret your claims, which can help further refine your teaching statement. In this workshop, participants will bring their teaching statement drafts and engage in guided peer feedback.

This workshop is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all departments and disciplines who have a draft of their teaching statement.

Please bring three hard copies of your teaching statement draft to the workshop.

Registration is free, but required


Will This Be on the Test?: Using Assessment in the Stem Classroom
Wednesday, November 7, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Searle Center Library
627 Dartmouth Place 
Evanston, IL 60208

Assessment in the STEM classroom is often taken as a given but understanding the utility of different types of assessment for both students and instructors receives much less attention. This workshop aims to introduce participants to the rationale for the use of both formative and summative assessment in the STEM classroom, as well as offer participants the opportunity to develop their own assessments and receive feedback from peers. Whether you are currently teaching or plan to do so in the future, this workshop will enable you to develop effective assessment strategies for your STEM classroom.

Registration is free, but required


Discussion-Based Teaching: Eliciting Conversation & Navigating Controversy
Tuesday, November 13,  2:00 - 4:00 PM

Searle Center Library
627 Dartmouth Place 
Evanston, IL 60208

How can you facilitate good discussion among students? What sort of classroom dynamics can equip you to treat controversial topics? This workshop will cover general best practices for teaching seminars/discussion sections, with a focus on generating student participation and handling uncomfortable issues. The workshop itself will be a seminar, so it is essential that you be prepared to actively participate in the discussion.

This workshop is led by the 2017-18 WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellowship recipients, which allows graduate students to design and instruct their own First-Year Seminar.

Registration is free, but required – Space is limited

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