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Along with sunnier days and more excuses to eat ice cream, summer can be a great time to prepare for the upcoming academic year and think about your professional development. Here are a few ways for you to take advantage of the excellent programs the Bok Center offers to improve your teaching and communication skills!

Bok Seminars

Sign up for a Bok Seminar this summer in one of many broad categories: foundations, methods, equity, communication (including specific offerings for international teaching fellows), and professional development. For those of you embarking on the academic job market, Bok offers the seminar “Teaching and the Job Market: Getting from TF to Colleague” in the summer and fall terms. If you are going to be teaching for the first time this fall, Bok has a summer seminar and a handbook just for you. Hit the Ground Running is designed to prepare first-time teachers, covering topics such as inclusive teaching, lesson planning and delivery, giving and receiving feedback, resources available to you, and using Canvas. In addition, you can refer to the accompanying handbook to guide you through the term.

Teaching Certificate Programs

The Bok Center offers two teaching certificate programs for those committed to developing as teachers. The Bok Teaching Certificate is designed for all teachers and the Bok Certificate in Teaching Language and Culture is specifically for students interested in second language pedagogy and foreign language teaching. Students wishing to pursue these certifications should register on the respective Canvas sites for each certification and fulfill the requirements listed there. Learn more about teaching certificates at the Bok Center.

Online Resources

If you will not be on campus this summer, no worries! The Bok website provides a ton of great online resources for you to explore, with quick reference materials that cover key ideas and best practices for all teachers. All of the Bok Center’s publications are available for download. While this may not be the same as attending the seminars in person, reviewing these resources will help you boost your teaching skills. Learn more about online resources at the Bok Center.

Fall Teaching Conference

Finally, just before the beginning of the fall term, Bok offers an opportunity to take a deep dive into all things teaching. The Fall Teaching Conference takes place Wednesday, August 28, 2019, and Thursday, August 29, 2019, and features sessions led by experts from across the University. Day one is especially designed for new teaching fellows and day two has concurrent sessions for both new and experienced teaching fellows. The schedule and preregistration link are available here.

Best of luck this summer preparing for teaching while enjoying the summer weather!

Bok Center Events

  • Save the Date for the 2019 Fall Teaching Conference! Wednesday and Thursday, August 28 and 29, 2019. Join the Bok Center for two days of sessions covering a full range of topics in teaching and learning for both new and experienced teaching fellows!
  • Register for Bok Summer Seminars: Register for a Bok Seminar to get a head start on teaching in the fall, explore an area of interest for your own professional development, or make progress toward a Bok Teaching Certificate! Bok Seminars are short courses that cover a full range of topics in teaching, learning, and scholarly communication, designed for GSAS students at every stage of teaching.
  • Learn More about Teaching at the Bok Showcase Thursday, May 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 3rd Floor, 50 Church Street, Cambridge. Come to the Bok Showcase and hear the Bok community of students, scholars, and staff share what they’ve done and learned this year through hands-on demonstrations, videos, and poster presentations. Talk with graduate students who participated in our fellows programs to experience their teaching innovations firsthand and learn from the students who took Bok courses and received teaching certificates. Find more information and RSVP here.
  • Join the Bok Mailing List! In addition to foundational programming for new teachers, the Center offers Bok Seminars, programs for international teaching fellows, peer consultations, and a variety of fellowship opportunities. Sign up for the monthly Bok newsletter to get updates on offerings and deadlines delivered right to your inbox. Join here.

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