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How Learning Works: Creating Inclusive Environments in STEM (and Everywhere)

Monday, January 14, 2019
12:00pm to 2:00pm
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TeachWeek Keynote Talk and Workshop by Michele DiPietro

Talk: 12:00 - 2:00 PM (11:45am lunch provided with RSVP)

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Decades of higher education literature have documented how the classroom climate can be "chilly" for various groups of students. We now have evidence that a chilly climate has an adverse impact on learning and other outcomes. In this workshop, we will use the principles of learning from the book How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching as a lens of analysis, focusing on how climate can impact the major determinants of learning. We will explore the research behind these claims, use the theories to ground our discussion of classroom case studies from STEM and other fields, and develop ways of creating an inclusive and productive climate for all students.


Dr. Michele DiPietro is the Executive Director for Faculty Development, Recognition, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences at Kennesaw State University. They are also Chair of the Georgia Consortium of Centers for Teaching and Learning, a former President of the POD Network in Higher Education, the premiere faculty development association in North America, and a former Board Member of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED). With their former Carnegie Mellon colleagues, Dr. DiPietro is a co-author of "How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching." The book was listed at #3 in a "Top 10 Books on Teaching" list on the Chronicle of Higher Education. Their scholarly interests include learning sciences, academic integrity, diversity and inclusion, the Millennial generation, statistics education, the consultation process in faculty development, and teaching in times of tragedy. They have presented hundreds of workshops and keynotes at numerous colleges and conferences, in the US and abroad, and some of their scholarship has been translated into foreign languages (Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic). They won the POD Innovation award for the online consultation tool "Solve a Teaching Problem." Their innovative course "The statistics of sexual orientation" has been featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education and several other magazines. Dr. DiPietro is the 2015 recipient of the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD award, the highest honor bestowed in the field of educational development for professional achievement and legacy to the field.

PART OF TeachWeek Caltech, a campus-wide celebration of teaching and learning, featuring events and discussions with Caltech faculty and students, as well as distinguished guest presenters. All events are open to the entire Caltech community.

This event is also part of the Inclusive Caltech Core project, a two-year initiative with support from the Association of American Universities.


For more information, please contact Leslie Rico, CAP by phone at 8427 or by email at [email protected].