On Building a Community in the Classroom

By Ryan Donovan|March 10, 2016|Pedagogy Guide, Peer mentoring, Reflection, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

This blog is a reflection on implementing strategies and tools I learned as a student in the inaugural course offered by the Futures Initiative in Spring 2015 at The Graduate Center/CUNY. Though my students gave me permission to write about their experiences, I have intentionally obscured any identifying details.   In the second week of the semester, my students were assigned to give introductory speeches to the class. As this is

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Futures Initiative Spring 2016 Courses – Enrollment Opens December 4!

By Katina|December 2, 2015|Announcements|0 comments

In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Futures Initiative is offering five team-taught courses in a number of different disciplines, reaching as many as 90 graduate students and 1,800 undergraduates. The courses will be taught by CUNY faculty based at the Graduate Center as well as Brooklyn College, City College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, and Queens College. The focus across all of the courses is Diversity, Access, and Equity Across

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Recap: Peer Mentoring and Student-Centered Learning

By Kalle Westerling|October 20, 2015|Event Recap|1 comments

On September 24, 2015, our second installment of the University Worth Fighting For series took place, facilitated by Kandice Chuh (GC Professor of English and one of our Faculty Fellows) and Hilarie Ashton (GC English PhD student, instructor at Queens College, and FI Graduate Mentor). The conversation started with introductory remarks from Chuh, who related the conversations about classrooms to the much larger setting of cultural inequality, contemporary issues of

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Sept 24: Peer Mentoring and Student-Centered Learning

By Katina|September 10, 2015|FI Events|0 comments

http://bit.ly/FuturesED-live | #fight4edu Details WHERE: The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue ROOM:   C198 WHEN:   September 24, 2015, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM CONTACT INFO: futuresinitiative [at] gc.cuny.edu; (212) 817-7201 WATCH ONLINE: http://bit.ly/futuresed-live RSVP NOW HASHTAG: #fight4edu Learn more about the series Description Join us at the Graduate Center on Thursday, September 24 from 1-2 PM in room C198 for an open, livestreamed workshop led by Prof. Kandice Chuh and Futures Initiative Graduate Mentors Hilarie Ashton, Natalie Oshukany, and Rachel

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Sept 8: “Do Students Know Best? Choice, Classroom Time, and Academic Performance” at The Graduate Center at CUNY

By Allison Guess|September 4, 2015|Events of Interest|0 comments

Friends of the Futures Initiative and teachers in the greater NYC community, you do not want to miss this upcoming panel on student-centered pedagogy. On Tuesday September 8, 2015 from 12 pm – 1:30 pm, the CUNY Office of Policy Research will host a Higher Education Policy Seminar Series at The Graduate Center at CUNY. The upcoming event in the seminar series is titled “Do Students Know Best? Choice, Classroom Time,

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Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|0 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   Why Student-Centered Learning Needs An Alternative Credentialing Mechanism This is the sixth in a series of blog posts I’m writing based on

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Getting Started 5: First Class: Collectively Writing a Constitution

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|1 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   In this fifth in the series on getting started with student-centered, progressive, or open learning, I will talk about what it means

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Getting Started 4: Students (What if students are an obstacle to student-centered learning?)

By Cathy Davidson|August 26, 2015|Pedagogy Guide|3 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] Part One: How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I Part Two: It’s All About You Part Three: The Syllabus Part Four: Students Part Five: Collectively Writing a Constitution Part Six: Getting Started 6: Contract Grading and Peer Review   What do you do if one of your biggest obstacles to student-centered learning is the students?  This fourth post in my personal,

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FI Mentoring Workshop

By Danica Savonick|August 18, 2015|FI Events|0 comments

Today (Tuesday August 18) and tomorrow we have 35 undergraduates from across the CUNY undergraduate campuses joining us at the CUNY Graduate Center for a two-day mentoring workshop. Check out what we’re up to here.

Now through 8/28: Towards a Pedagogy of Equality #fight4edu

By Danica Savonick|August 17, 2015|FI Events|1 comments

  You are invited to join the Futures Initiative for a live-streamed, one-hour workshop on engaged pedagogy as a way of modeling a more egalitarian society.  The workshop will take place on August 28 at 1 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center, rm. 9204, and will be facilitated by Professor Cathy Davidson. This workshop opens The University Worth Fighting For, a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to

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