Fall Teaching Conference & Winter Teaching Week

The Bok Center sponsors a Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week each year. These pre-semester conferences offer new Teaching Fellows a chance to prepare for the semester, as well as for more experienced teachers and scholars to continue to develop their skills and to explore areas of interest in teaching and learning.

Fall Teaching Conference

FTCHeld over two days with programming geared toward new and experienced graduate student teachers at Harvard, the Fall Teaching Conference features workshops and sessions led by experts from across the university. Day 1 of the Conference features programming for new Teaching Fellows, and Day 2 features programming for new and experienced Teaching Fellows. 

Registration for the 2018 Conference will open in July.

The 2018 Fall Teaching Conference will be held on Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30.

View the 2017 Fall Teaching Conference Schedule

Teaching Fundamentals for New Teaching Fellows

The first day of the Fall Teaching Conference focuses on the fundamentals of teaching undergraduate sections at Harvard. There are two tracks: the Humanities/Qualitative Social Sciences track, which focuses on leading discussion sections in related disciplines, and the STEM/Quantitative Social Sciences track, which focuses on the kinds of sections typically found in STEM courses. At the end of the day, there will be an undergraduate panel discussing various teaching strategies they have found helpful in their classes at Harvard, followed by Q and A from the audience.

This event may be photographed. For concerns, contact bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu

8:30–9:00 Registration & Breakfast, Sever Hall
9:00-9:30 Welcome and Plenary: Robert Lue,  Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
9:30-10:45 Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences, Part I STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences, Part I
10:45-11:00 Break, Sever Hall Lobby
11:00-12:15 Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences, Part II STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences, Part II
12:15-1:00 Lunch, Sever Hall Quadrangle Tent
1:00-2:15 Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences, Part III STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences, Part III
2:15-2:30 Break, Sever Hall Lobby
2:30-3:30 What Helps Students Learn: An Undergraduate Perspective


Sessions for New and Experienced Teaching Fellows

The second day of the Fall Teaching Conference offers both new and experienced Teaching Fellows additional training and professional development sessions to expand your repertoire of strategies and techniques for effective teaching. Don’t forget the Teaching Resource Fair, Raffle and Ice-Cream Social!

8:30–9:00 Registration & Breakfast, Sever Hall
  Humanities/Qualitative Social Sciences  STEM/Quantitative Social Sciences Communication Skills All All
9:00-10:30 Teaching Transparently: How to Make Your Students Better Readers
Room 206
Facilitating Active Learning in a STEM Classroom
Room 110
Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Power, Privilege, and Identity in the Classroom
Room 203
Assessment in the Classroom: Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning and Improve Practice
Room 104
10:30-10:45 Break, Sever Hall Lobby

Leading Discussions like a Pro
Room 206

Problems and P-Sets: Creating and Teaching Questions in STEM
Room 109
Visual Teaching: Quick Tips on Multimedia Creation and Visual Communication
Room 103
International Teaching Fellows: Teaching Across Borders and Boundaries
Room 104
Teaching in General Education
Room 113
12:00-1:00 Lunch, Sever Hall Quadrangle Tent
1:00-2:30 Responding to Student Writing Efficiently and Effectively
Room 210
Teaching in Labs
Room 109
Maximize Your Impact: Reaching Your Students with Your Voice, Body, and the Space
Room 203
A Wealth of Knowledge: Making the Most of Harvard Library
Room 106
Title IX and Professional Conduct
Room 113

Winter Teaching Week

WTWWinter Teaching Week is a series of intensive workshops offered during J-Term in conjunction with January@GSAS for graduate student teachers at every stage, from just starting out to looking toward the job market. These workshops feature specialists from the Bok Center and other units at Harvard and span a variety of subject areas, including: teaching fundamentals, public speaking, professional development, and more! Pre-registration is mandatory. 


Winter Teaching Week 2019 will be held from Wednesday, January 23 through Friday, January 25, 2019.

View the 2018 Winter Teaching Week Schedule

Teaching as Public Speaking with Pamela Pollock

Digital Teaching with Jeff Emanuel, Rebecca Miller and Jeremy Guillette

Assessment in the Classroom: Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning and Improve Practice with Courtney Hall and Pauline Carpenter
12pm-1:30pm (Lunch will be provided)

CANCELED Take My Course... Please! Lessons from Comedy for Teachers with Adam Beaver

Problem-Solving in STEM: Engaging your Students in Section with Tamara Brenner and Marty Samuels

Hit the Ground Running, Parts I and II with Pamela Pollock and Rebecca Miller
Science Center, Room 418D

Diversity in STEM: How to Foster an Inclusive Classroom with Marty Samuels and Tamara Brenner
Science Center, Room 300H

Undergraduate Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Amymarie Bartholomew and Pamela Pollock
Science Center, Room 418D

Designing a Syllabus from Scratch with Adam Beaver- Science Center Room 300H
Science Center, Room 300H

Teaching in General Education with Laura Hess, Associate Director for the Program in General Education and The Pedagogy Fellows in General Education
Science Center Room 418D

Title IX and Professional Conduct with Seth Avakian
Science Center Room 418D

From Implicit to Explicit: Identity & Power Dynamics in the Classroom with Noelle Lopez and Eleanor Craig
Science Center Room 418D

Bok Center Happy Hour
50 Church St, 3rd Floor

Check out our TF Handbook!

Hit the Ground Running
The Bok Center's Hit the Ground Running is a great place to start when you have questions about who your students are, their expectations of their Teaching Fellows, how to create an inclusive classroom, how to structure a lesson plan, and much more! Read it online, or stop by the Bok Center to pick up a hard copy. Copies are distributed at the Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week.