Programming

Whether you're interested in attending a one-hour lunch, enrolling in a six-week seminar, or finding a trusted partner with whom to workshop your ideas, the Bok Center's staff and fellows are ready to help you become the kind of teacher that you would like to be.

For Faculty

The Bok Center partners with faculty to think through their goals and ideas. From course design, to training your teaching staff, to evolving your classroom practice, we're here to help.

Programming Grad

Teaching is intimately connected to your growth as a scholar. From apprenticing for a faculty career to acquiring valuable skills in communication, the Bok Center is here to help you succeed.

Programming Undergrad

Through the Learning Lab and other initiatives, the Bok Center offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in designing their own educations and transforming the Harvard curriculum. 

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Upcoming Events

2021 Aug 18

Fall Teaching Conference: Fundamentals Cohort 1 Kickoff

9:30am to 11:00am

Location: 

Online

During this 3-day synchronous training, graduate student teachers will have the chance to explore, discuss, and practice the fundamentals of teaching in more depth, and share ideas and strategies in a cohort of peers.

*Note: this is the first of 3 training sessions for this cohort.*

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Sessions are capped and pre-registration is required....

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2021 Aug 18

Fall Teaching Conference Opening Keynote: A Return to Normal?

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Online

Allan Brandt, Professor of the History of Science and Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine; former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

What does it mean to be back in the classroom? What do we need to think about as we rejoin our community on campus, after such a tumultuous year? In this opening plenary, hear from Allan Brandt, Professor in History of Science and former GSAS Dean, about what he learned from teaching a ...

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2021 Aug 18

Fall Teaching Conference: Fundamentals Cohort 2 Kickoff

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Online

During this 3-day synchronous training, graduate student teachers will have the chance to explore, discuss, and practice the fundamentals of teaching in more depth, and share ideas and strategies in a cohort of peers.

*Note: this is the first of 3 training sessions for this cohort.*

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Sessions are capped and pre-registration is required....

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2021 Aug 19

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Equitable and Inclusive Teaching

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Online

Bok Center Staff

Equitable and inclusive teaching involves cultivating awareness of the dynamics that shape classroom experiences and, critically, how those experiences impact student learning. In this session we’ll introduce some key concepts from the research on inclusive teaching, to help us 1) consider common challenges to fostering equitable and inclusive learning environments, and 2) discuss strategies you can use to create conditions conducive to helping your students feel both welcome and capable of learning effectively in your class. In the first part of the session...

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2021 Aug 20

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Teaching Across Disciplines

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Online

Eleanor Finnegan, Assistant Director, Faculty Programming, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

As a graduate student, you may be asked to teach a course outside of your primary area of expertise—whether in a department or program different from your own, or in the Program in General Education. This can be a daunting prospect, but effective teaching ultimately is not just (or even primarily) about mastering or communicating a specific body of content. It is about rendering transparent to students the rules of the disciplinary game(s) they are being asked to play...

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The Bok Center welcomes opportunities to collaborate with departments and programs on initiatives like revising curricula, offering professional development opportunities to graduate students, and creating discipline-specific resources in areas like writing and speaking for undergraduates.

The Socially Engaged Learning initiative at the Bok Center supports faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in pedagogical approaches that impact K-12 education, helping faculty and students use their engagement in the community to inform their on-campus teaching and learning and to assess the value of socially engaged learning courses and activities.

Equity & Inclusion

The Bok Center aims to foster teaching and learning communities in which all students can learn and thrive in ways inclusive of their diverse backgrounds and identities.

Public events

Bok Summit

Bok Summit Covered in Harvard Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education

May 3, 2019

Harvard Magazine recently published a comprehensive summary of the Bok Center’s Harvard Summit on Excellence in Higher Education. Held on April 4-5, the Summit brought together deans, provosts, and faculty from universities across the country to discuss whether - and how well - liberal arts colleges and universities are serving the public good....

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Celebrating Mentoring at the Harvard Ed Portal

December 2, 2018

The Harvard Ed Portal, which is celebrating ten years of community partnership between Harvard and Boston, shared the work of K-12 students and their mentors at a community reception on December 2.  Susan Johnson, the Bok Center’s Assistant Director for Socially Engaged Learning, works with a cohort of 20-25 undergraduate mentors each semester, helping them to create age-specific curricula and develop as educators.  

Read more about the Ed Portal mentoring program and the community reception - attended by President Larry Bacow - in this Crimson article.

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