Monday Musings

from The Kravis Center 

Monday, February 18, 2019 

Dear Colleagues,

Another term, another OCW in the books! We realize that this is an incredibly busy time of the term and school year, and yet we were so impressed with the number of open classrooms this week. On behalf of everyone in the Kravis Center, I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who opened their classroom and/or spent time in someone else's class. It was also fantastic to see so many colleagues utilize the "looking for feedback on…" column in the Google Sheet; there's an extra layer of vulnerability that's needed to recognize that our teaching is always a work in progress, and the conversations that grew out of the feedback that you sought––from hearsay and the ones that I was a part of–– were fantastic.

There are several articles in the Pedagogy section that may provide food for thought as we move rapidly to winter term testing and perhaps even consider thinking about the spring term. As a follow-up from Friday's faculty meeting, I'd encourage you to check out the online Inaugural Issue of DiversityIS that is listed again below. There are some fantastic articles and resources in there that are particularly relevant given the nature of the conversations that we'll continue to engage our students and advisees in.

Lastly, March break is a great time to think about PD opportunities that you'd be interested for the summer and/or next year; the deadline for summer funding through the Dean of Faculty's office is April 1. Don't forget to take a close look at the Professional Development Opportunities Google Doc that lists various conferences and workshops by department and/or discipline.

Make it an awesome week!


Harrison, on behalf of the Kravis Center



Bringing the Science of Learning Into the Classrooms

What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other

New 'Knowledge Mapping' Tool Evaluates English Language Arts Curricula

Middle School Music and Theater Students Get Better Grades: New research presents the best evidence yet that taking arts classes benefits kids academically. (Thanks to Sue Chrzanowski via Twitter)


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Inaugural Issue of DiversityIS: You'll find articles about the shortage of diverse faculty and how to recruit teachers of color; celebrating intersectionality and Women's History Month; teaching methods for conducting challenging conversations in the classroom; interviews with diversity and inclusion experts who are on the front lines; and more. (Thanks to Patricia Sasser for sharing)

How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms

Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office: Hard work and discipline help girls outperform boys in class, but that advantage disappears in the workforce. Is school the problem?

Professional Growth Opportunities


July 29-31 (College Park, MD): An entire conference dedicated to formative assessments. Formative Assessment Conference with Dylan Wiliam, Tom Guskey, Susan Brookhart and Jay McTighe (Understanding by Design). What an array of experts! Become the LC expert!



Kravis Center portal page


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