2020 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars
Community of Practice (CoP)
Summer Interim Program
June typically finds the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) in Madison, spending an intensive week discussing and practicing new pedagogies and developing a concrete project to better understand student learning in their own classrooms. This community-focused work has been delayed a year because of COVID-19, and instead you’ll find WTFSers in a digitally based Community of Practice (CoP), centered on the experience of teaching and learning in pandemic conditions. The goals of this CoP are to critically reflect both on our experiences from emergency distance learning in the Spring and plan concretely for the Fall, through an intentional naming of our values and commitments and examination of how our policies, syllabi, and pedagogy live up to them. Participants can engage through multiple modalities, including large and small group synchronous conversations, reflective self-work, and asynchronous discussion boards. The CoP is based in Canvas giving instructors a sense of what navigating our courses is like for students, while also testing our various video conferencing platforms people might be considering. To guide our work, we’re reading Stephen Brookfield’s Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher and Kevin Gannon’s Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, as well as emergent themes such as racial justice, inequality and the digital classroom, and engaging students online. By the end of the summer, participants will have reimagined an aspect of their Fall teaching, and built connections across the UW System.