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Teaching in the Moment: Workshop on Curricular Development

MARCH 30, 2009—On April 27, 2009, the University of Minnesota Law School and the Society of American Law Schools will host a one-day workshop on curricular responses to pressing issues in our local, national, and global communities.

The workshop, held at the Law School, will focus on courses, clinics, and course components that have been designed around such events as the 2000 electoral crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and local I.C.E. immigration raids. Participants will discuss ways to facilitate "teaching in the moment" by addressing Law School policies and regulations; enhancing existing syllabi; and creating windows of opportunity for adjuncts and visitors.

The agenda also includes conversations on instilling relevance and immediacy into our curricula through community connections and student and faculty pro bono programs. Small group sessions during the day will encourage attendees to begin to create individualized pedagogical designs by working from prototypes for curricular development.

Registration fee: $25 (Waived for University of Minnesota Law School regular faculty).

See schedule below for details. For more information or to register, contact Lori Peterson at pete6294@umn.edu.


Curriculum Workshop Schedule
University of Minnesota Law School
April 27, 2009

8:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room (3rd floor)
8:30 a.m.: Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room: Plenary Teaching in the Moment: Community Needs and Curricular Challenges
10:00 a.m.: Breakout Sessions: Curricular Design Workshops
Room 473: Constitutional/Global Crises
Room 475: National Emergency
Room N 204: Local Imperatives
Room N 209: Idea Generation for new teachers and adjuncts
11:15 a.m.: Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room--Small Group Reports
12:00 p.m.: Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room--Lunch
1:00 p.m.: Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room--Planning for Amaker Student Social Justice Retreat
1:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions: Curricular Design, continued
Room 473: Constitutional/Global Crises
Room 475: National Emergency
Room N 204: Local Imperatives
Room N 209: Idea Generation for new teachers and adjuncts
3:15 p.m.: Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room--Plenary: Models of Teaching in the Moment in the Twin Cities
4:30 p.m.: Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room--Concluding Thoughts Reception hosted by the Society of American Law Schools