CTLgrads Learning Communities
Are you a graduate student interested in fostering an inclusive learning environment? Join a CTLgrads Learning Community! CTLgrads Learning Communities are interdisciplinary three-part series on teaching and learning topics, designed and co-facilitated by CTL Senior Lead Teaching Fellows.
Read sessions descriptions below
Interested in similar opportunities for STEM graduate students?
As part of the STEM Teaching: CIRTL at Columbia initiative, the STEM Teaching and Learning Community, sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning, will focus on Backward Design in STEM Teaching during the spring 2017 semester. These sessions are open to all graduate students and post-docs in science, math or engineering fields who are interested in learning about evidence-based approaches to undergraduate teaching and in forming a learning community with their STEM colleagues. Participants will form a learning community for the four weeks of the series.
Participants can sign up for either the Morningside or the CUMC Learning Community. Space is limited. Sessions begin on February 6.
When and Where
CTLgrads Learning Communities are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Participants are welcome to register for an individual session, or join for the whole series. Safe space, engaging community, and pizza included! All sessions will run in Butler Library.
This program is open to Columbia graduate students and postdocs.
Spring 2017 Learning Communities
Activist Pedagogy in the Trump Era
For better or worse, the 2016 election brought sensitive issues into our classrooms to unprecedented degrees. For the next four years, how can we help our students across disciplines grapple with–and remain conscious of–ongoing political conflicts in the Trump era? This three-part series will address strategies for graduate students who are interested in exploring innovative pedagogies inspired by activist-scholars in their classrooms and beyond.
The first session will explore methods for consciousness-raising in the classroom, particularly within the confines of departmental and curricular constraints. The next session introduces participants to innovative pedagogies inspired by activist-scholars like bell hooks, Augusto Boal and Paolo Freire. Participants will come away with concrete tools and assignments useful for classrooms across disciplines. In our final session we will workshop materials for the job market, focusing on how to frame your own politically conscious pedagogy in teaching, diversity and mentoring statements.
All sessions take place in Butler Library 212. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Session 1: Consciousness-Raising in the Classroom | Register
Monday, February 13, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Session 2: Creating Space for Dissent Through Innovative Pedagogies | Register
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Session 3: Framing Your Academic Activism on the Job Market | Register
Monday, March 20, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Fall 2016: Inclusive Teaching
Role Play and Inclusive Teaching
Friday, October 28
Concepts, Challenges, and Strategies
Tuesday, November 1
Tuesday, November 15
Location: Butler Library, see registration links for specific locations
We know that making our classrooms more inclusive provides better learning outcomes overall, but how do we put an inclusive teaching philosophy into practice? This three-part series follows the CRLT Players’ performances (pictured) on October 27. The post-show conversation on October 28 will reflect on issues raised during the shows. The next session will consider concepts, research, and challenges related to implementing inclusive teaching. The series ends with a session focused on considering creative ways of incorporating role-playing in class to uncover, broaden, and deepen multiple perspectives.
Addressing Race and Gender Bias in the Classroom
Wednesday, November 2
Wednesday, November 9
Wednesday, November 16
Location: Butler Library, see registration links for locations
This is a divided time in the US, but it doesn’t have to be a divided time in our classrooms. What is an inclusive classroom and how can we create one? In this three-part series, participants will tackle issues related to implicit bias and diversity in the classroom, and come up with strategies to overcome challenges of inclusion. Participants will engage in discussions and activities focused on race and gender inclusion in their own classrooms, develop strategies for creating a better learning environment, and learn to assess and track their own classroom inclusivity.