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

2022 Jan 19

Hit the Ground Running: A Discussion for New TFs

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development
Rebecca Miller Brown, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programming

Are you a new Teaching Fellow, wondering how to prepare for your first semester of teaching? PhD students who have completed the self-study modules on our Hit the Ground Running Canvas site are invited to this interactive workshop where we will review key components of each core module, starting with...

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2022 Jan 19

Online Office Hours for FAS Faculty, Students, and Staff

Repeats every week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday until Fri Feb 04 2022 except Mon Jan 17 2022.
10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

https://harvard.zoom.us/j/95868069107?pwd=Q3g1WU1iS1AvaDd0VjBFc3dpY0lVdz09
Drop in to have representatives of Academic Technology, the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and Harvard Library answer any of your questions about Canvas, Zoom, or technology in teaching.
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2022 Jan 19

Using Growth Mindset to Improve Teaching and Learning

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Yasemin Kalender, Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy

Growth mindset—the belief that your skills and intelligence are malleable and can be improved with hard work and practice—has been shown to be a vital aspect of learning. In this session, we will focus on developing a growth mindset for ourselves and for our students, and why both are important. It is often all too easy to think of ourselves as finished products with set skills, but this can hinder our attempts to be willing to learn new knowledge and skills. Fostering a “growth mindset”...

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2022 Jan 19

Teaching and Learning in Community: A Roundtable Discussion with Experienced Teaching Fellows

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Julia Judge Mulhall, Bok Pedagogy Fellow and PhD Student in Classics, with other experienced TFs

Developing as a teacher means learning from yourself, and your peers, as well as having some teaching mentors. In this interactive panel discussion, explore key topics in teaching with experienced TFs. They will discuss their approaches to 1) organization and time management, 2) working on a teaching team, 3) building rapport, connecting with students and working to build an inclusive classroom, and 4) how your own identity as a teacher affects your...

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2022 Jan 20

Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

We may wonder or worry about how we’re doing as teachers-- but how do we know?! As scholars, we are always developing our research, but how do we think about learning and growing as a teacher? In this session, we will consider the nature of feedback as well as strategies for collecting it and using it to improve our practice. We will explore Stephen Brookfield’s lenses for reflective teaching-- 1) self, 2) students, 3) colleagues, and 4) scholarship-- to consider these questions and build...

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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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