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Visual Thinking Strategies

Join Amy Schmidt, Program Coordinator and Instructor in the Citizenship & Civic Engagement program at the Maxwell School, to discover Visual Thinking Strategies, a fun and simple way to engage students. This evidence-based method has been shown to increase critical thinking, observation, and evidentiary reasoning skills, while democratizing the classroom experience. You will utilize visual images to create inclusive, equitable, student-centered discussions. These techniques work in all disciplines. No prior experience is necessary!

  • Tuesday, October 5, 12-1 p.m. (This session has been canceled.)
  • Friday, October 22, 10-11 a.m. (geared toward courses with 80+ students)
  • Monday, October 25, 2-3 p.m. (geared toward courses with 1-40 students)

Register online here to save your spot!

2021 – 2022 Brave Space Coffee Hour
A Time to Discuss Higher Education Topics with Faculty Colleagues

You are invited to attend Brave Space Coffee Hour. In these Zoom-based sessions, you can discuss topics relevant to higher education professionals as you practice discussion facilitation techniques and research-based strategies for co-creating knowledge in inclusive classrooms. Please bring your thoughts and a cup of your favorite tea or coffee.

Fall 2021 Schedule
Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.: 11/9
Fridays, 3-4 p.m.: 10/22
One topic per month will be discussed. You are welcome to attend either or both sessions.

Fall 2021 Topics
October: Building Classroom Community During a Pandemic
November: What Wisdom Can We Draw from the Past?

Visit the CTLE events page for more information and to register.

Partnership for Inclusive Education (PIE)

The Partnership for Inclusive Education (PIE) pairs faculty and students for a semester-long exchange of perspectives on teaching and learning in a particular course. Faculty reflect on their teaching goals and strategies in conversation with a student not enrolled in their course. We welcome new and returning faculty partners and student consultants each semester. For more information visit the CTLE services page.

Writing Groups

  • Do you need structure to maintain steady progress on a writing project?  
  • Do you benefit from having regular interactions with colleagues about your writing?
  • Does thinking aloud with a colleague help you write?
  • Are you motivated by setting specific goals, writing them down, and reporting on your progress?
  • Are you likely to write more if you plan times in your calendar for writing, use a timer, and minimize distractions?

If you answered yes to any of these question, check out our writing group options.

Miss any of these recent sessions? Check out the recordings linked below.