This Week for Graduate Students: Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community Application Due 2/28

by | Feb 21, 2022

Learning Community: Pedagogies of Race and Oppression

The Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community is a Learning Community sponsored by the GSAS Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In this learning community, participants collectively engage focused topics in pedagogy and practice – in this case, as they relate to race and marginalization, with particular emphasis on anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy.

In the interest of fostering a diverse community of learners committed to discussing difficult topics, the capacity of this learning community is limited. Applications for this LC are available here and due February 28 by 11:59 pm. 

This Learning Community is designed and run by Lead Teaching Fellow Tamara Hache (Latin American and Iberian Cultures) and Daniel Santiago Sáenz (Latin American and Iberian Cultures).

Dates and Times: Fridays: March 11th, March 25th, and April 15th, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Location: The modality (in-person or virtual) will be decided according to the needs of the LC and following public health guidelines.

Teaching with Embodied Knowledge: Objects, Movement, and Philosophy of Education

This two-part Learning Community is an introduction to methods of teaching that foreground embodied knowledge and objects, with show-and-tell-like components. It models a range of practices by centering activities and discussion around objects brought into the classroom, asking also what qualifies as an “object.” More broadly, it asks questions regarding the philosophy of education: Why does embodied education matter? What drives students’ and instructors’ motivations for doing this work? How might one do theory, and theorize doing? Participants are strongly encouraged to register for and attend both sessions of this LC and will be asked to complete brief online, asynchronous activities to supplement discussions in each session.

In-Person Learning Community designed and run by Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Emily FitzGerald (Religion) and Y. L. Lucy Wang (Art History and Archaeology).

  • Part 1: Monday, February 28, 2022, 4:10–5:25 PM, 212 Butler Library | Register 
  • Part 2: Monday, March 7, 2022, 4:10–5:25 PM, 212 Butler Library | Register

Illuminating the Learning Process

Helping your students consider and adapt their learning processes is an essential part of helping them build expertise. However, many of these metacognitive skills (the abilities students use to monitor their own learning and progress) can be difficult for instructors, as experts, to illuminate for novices. In this workshop, we define some key terms and strategies in metacognition that you may want to develop with your students. We will then discuss several specific approaches that you can use to help scaffold these learning processes for your students and help develop important metacognitive abilities as your students learn discipline-specific skills.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 10:10 – 11:40 AM 
Location: 203 Butler Library
Register: Register

This session counts as a pedagogy workshops in the Teaching Development Program (TDP)

Learning by Observing: Effective Teaching Observations

Observing faculty or peers teaching can be a powerful way to expand your awareness of teaching techniques, train your attention on student learning, and generate reflection about your own instructional approaches. But how can you ensure that an observation leads to all these benefits? This workshop will provide participants with a model for conducting online or in-person observations of teaching that focus on learning objectives, student engagement, and insights about the observer’s own teaching development. This session will be facilitated by Thomas Preston, Senior Graduate Student Teaching Consultant at the CTL.

Date & Time: Friday, February 25, 2022, 12:00 – 1:15 APM 
Location: 212 Butler Library
Register: Register

This session counts as a pedagogy workshops in the Teaching Development Program (TDP)

Upcoming LTF Events

The 49 2021-22 Lead Teaching Fellows are running workshops and discussions in departments all around Columbia. These are generally advertised locally. Below is an upcoming event that is open to participants beyond the LTF’s home department.

LTF events count towards track completion in the Teaching Development Program.

The Pathway to Anti-Racist Pedagogy during the Pandemic

As we continue to navigate through the ongoing pandemic, students are facing numerous challenges with the quality of education in the virtual learning world. The inclusion of anti-racist pedagogy is an issue that has been compounded by the pandemic. This event is designed to be an open space for Teaching Assistants to communicate questions and concerns, discuss action steps, and introduce available resources to address this issue. This is also an opportunity to collaborate with different departments and share experiences while gaining new perspectives.

This event is open to participants from all departments and is led by Lead Teaching Fellow Ellie Kim (Nursing). 

Date and Time: Tue, February 22, 5pm – 6pm
Register: email

Staying Nimble: Using Technology to Move Between the In-Person and Online Classroom

The 2021-2022 academic year has been defined by our return to the physical classroom space. Yet, as our start to the spring semester has shown us, the ability to be flexible remains essential in this evolving teaching landscape as there are instances in which instructors may have to switch between teaching in-person and online at a moment’s notice. In this workshop, participants will reflect on how to integrate the consideration of multiple possible modalities into aspects of overall course design and lesson planning with the help of technology. This session will focus on how to structure assignments and integrate various online platforms from the get-go to be able to seamlessly transition between digital and in-person formats, with particular focus on strategies for in-class activities, as well as short-term and long-term assignments. Participants can expect to leave with concrete tools to utilize in the classroom to enhance both the in-person and online learning experience, in addition to useful considerations for course design in the ever-changing teaching environment.

This event is led by Lead Teaching Fellow Laura DiNardo (Italian). This workshop is open to participants from all departments.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 24, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: 212 Butler 
Register: email