Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence to present free workshops in April

March 27, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present the following free workshops during the first week of April.

Registration is free for all events at

“Building Blocks: Getting Started with a Teaching and Learning Scholarship Project”

3-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 315 Rider Building, University Park campus

Have you considered doing research on your teaching and learning practice? Join the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence in this interactive workshop, facilitated by Laura Cruz, to jump start your project. Register at

This workshop will be repeated from 3-4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in 315 Rider Building. Register at

“Ten tips for getting started with teaching”

Noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 315 Rider Building, University Park campus

Teaching can seem like a mysterious juggling act, especially when we first enter the field. In this interactive workshop, facilitators Chas Brua and Deena Levy will share 10 practical tips they've learned from the research literature, their own teaching experience, and other faculty — advice about motivating learners, collecting and responding to feedback, navigating departmental culture, optimizing your teaching for student learning, and more.

This workshop fulfills a requirement for the Instructional Foundations Series.

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“Instructional Foundations Reflection Session”

11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 4, 315 Rider Building, University Park campus

In this session, facilitated by Larkin Hood and Deena Levy, we will reflect on your beliefs and practices about teaching and learning. Come prepared to contribute to the conversation.

Registering for this event indicates your intent to participate in the Instructional Foundations Series program.

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“Rising to the Challenge of Diversifying STEM Fields”

Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, via Zoom

This session will be presented by David Kung, professor of mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Women and under-represented minorities are more likely to fall out of the STEM pipeline at every stage from middle school on. Why do we need to address this issue? What can we do in our classrooms, departments, and institutions to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to succeed? Research suggests that interactive teaching methods, in contrast to passive lectures, might help us successfully address issues of diversity. Why do they work? What else must we do to make the mathematics world more equitable?

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Kung will be offering two additional in-person presentations on April 9. To register for these or any other Schreyer Institute events, visit

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