This Week for Graduate Students: New! TDP Preparing to Teach Bootcamp

by | May 14, 2024

TDP Preparing to Teach: Material Prep Bootcamp

In order to successfully complete a track in the Teaching Development Program (TDP), participants need to generate and annotate two important documents: a policy sheet and first day plan. The new TDP Preparing to Teach: Material Prep Bootcamp helps participants create these documents.

This new two-hour offering is useful for:

  • TDP registrants looking for support and guidance with “Preparing to Teaching” requirements
  • Folks interested in developing standard teaching materials in community with fellow graduate students
  • Any graduate student anticipating future teaching assignments (whether or not they are registered for the TDP)

Led by Caitlin DeClercq, Senior Assistant Director at the CTL, this bootcamp includes:

  • An introduction to the purpose and structure of policy sheets and first day of class plans
  • An opportunity to see and discuss exemplary sample materials
  • Dedicated time for active drafting of one or both documents
  • A supportive environment for receiving constructive feedback from peers and CTL staff

In addition to facilitating completion of the TDP Preparing to Teach requirement, this workshop also counts as a Pedagogy Workshop in the TDP.

Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 10:10am–12:00pm
Location: Butler Library

Consultations & Office Hours

The CTL provides graduate students and postdocs with consultations at all points in their teaching career. These include consultations on teaching statements, professional development, preparing for the job market, teaching online, and general teaching-related support. Request a consultation.

Office Hours are on hiatus for the summer 
CTL Office Hours for Columbia graduate students have wrapped up for the semester and will resume in August.

Until then, we invite graduate students who are seeking guidance from CTL to request an individual consultation or send questions to

On-demand guidance for teaching statements, diversity statements, and teaching portfolios is also available anytime