Teaching and learning do not operate in a vacuum. Local, national, and international politics frequently leak into the classroom. Teaching Assistants must feel confident navigating political turmoil that may emerge in response to course material, discussions, and world events. In the last several months, the presence of critical race theory in academic curricula or workshops has erupted as a pressing political issue animating parents, politicians, and pundits throughout the U.S. Questions about racial inequity, ideology, and power may sprout in undergraduate learning spaces, making it essential for TAs to develop effective strategies for teaching people with different political and cultural values. This workshop will discuss strategies to design a classroom that serves as a productive “contact zone” for all, even in politically divisive times.
TA Training Follow Up Workshop (for new TAs in SAS). All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.