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"When agreeing to disagree is a good beginning" - Harvard Gazette covers VPAL Signature Event

November 3, 2022

Disagreements don’t have to end discussions. In fact, as researchers from the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School discussed on Wednesday, engaging with those who hold opposing views can be constructive and lead to new discoveries and new allies.

“Many of us look at conflict as something we’d rather avoid than engage in with confidence,” explained Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets Unit at Harvard Business School during the streaming event. “But conflict and disagreement can be quite...

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"Advocates Discuss Voting Rights at Harvard Panel Hosted by Vice Provost for Advances in Learning" - Harvard Crimson covers VPAL Signature Event

October 26, 2022

Voting rights advocates discussed ongoing litigation at the intersection of racial justice and voting rights at a virtual event hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning on Tuesday.

Co-sponsored by the VPAL, the Harvard Alumni Association, and Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, the talk featured CHHI Strategic Litigation and Advocacy director Alora Thomas-Lundborg in conversation with American Civil Liberties Union attorney Davin M. Rosborough. The pair discussed a number of ongoing Supreme Court cases with...

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"Why Psychological Safety Matters in Class" - HGSE covers 2022 HILT Conference

September 30, 2022

Psychological safety: it’s a term that can make a huge difference when it comes to teaching and learning, especially when trying to work in groups. But it’s also a term that some have never heard of. What exactly is psychological safety, and why does it matter in schools?

This is partly what educators from Harvard and beyond explored last week as part of the Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching (HILT) 2022 annual conference, “Teamwork: Facilitating Group Dynamics and...

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Taking best of innovations, lessons of pandemic education - Harvard Gazette

March 9, 2022

The Future of Teaching and Learning Task Force convened at the request of President Larry Bacow and Provost Alan M. Garber starting in the spring of 2021, and on Wednesday the group released its report. The initiative brought together faculty and staff from across Harvard’s Schools and units to explore the innovations and lessons that emerged from pandemic-era teaching and imagine how the University might create more engaging and equitable learning opportunities...

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An Expansive Vision for the Future of Teaching and Learning - Harvard Magazine

March 9, 2022
The Harvard Future of Teaching and Learning Task Force (FTL), organized last year to assess what the University and its faculty members had learned from the pandemic pivot to remote instruction in the spring of 2020 and through the following academic year, released its report today. An ambitious effort, it is meant to spark conversation among professors, deans, and Harvard leaders concerning three overarching subjects, a sort of pedagogical hat trick.... Read more about An Expansive Vision for the Future of Teaching and Learning - Harvard Magazine

"To Repair This Imperfect World" - Harvard Magazine covers 2021 HILT Conference

September 29, 2021
"This year’s event—again conducted virtually via Zoom—encouraged Harvard educators to reflect on their experience teaching remotely during a pandemic that “exacerbated issues” like social and healthcare inequality “that have existed in society for many, many years,” said panelist and senior lecturer in molecular and cellular biology Alain Viel." Read moreRead more about "To Repair This Imperfect World" - Harvard Magazine covers 2021 HILT Conference

“I Want to Hear About You” - Harvard Magazine covers 2020 HILT Conference

October 20, 2020
"This year’s conference, which drew roughly 400 participants, focused on building inclusive classrooms and equitable instruction. Although the topic was set nearly a year ago, it felt particularly relevant during a semester when the challenges of remote learning have concentrated professors’ and administrators’ attention on how to make sure students who are stretched across multiple time zones or who may lack internet access or other resources don’t get left out of the virtual classroom."... Read more about “I Want to Hear About You” - Harvard Magazine covers 2020 HILT Conference