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Reflection and Practice Series

This multidisciplinary series of conversations highlights original research and intentional reflection by scholars committed to high-quality teaching in higher education contexts. It provides instructors and scholars opportunities to showcase their research and discuss new ways to think about teaching. All events are free, open to the public, and include live captions. 2024-25 event listings coming soon!

2023-24 Events

Alternative Grading: Equitable Grading and Ecosystems for More Caring Communities

Thursday, May 9 | 12-1pm

Kevin Lin, Assistant Teaching Professor at UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, will discuss how instructors can use alternative grading approaches to develop more equitable, effective learning environments. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how alternative grading methods can help meet students’ immediate needs and long-term goals.

At UW, Lin leads instructional innovation in data structures and algorithms with a focus on restorying computing education toward more critical and just social futures. At UC Berkeley, Lin coordinated large undergraduate CS courses that served over 1,000 students per term.

Teaching Strategies that Serve Neurodiverse Students

Headshot of Hala Annabi

Thursday, February 8 | 12-1pm

Hala Annabi, Associate Professor in UW’s Information School, will discuss how instructors can apply neuroinclusive teaching practices. By recognizing neurodiversity and leveraging unique strengths that neurodiverse students bring to the classroom, instructors can enhance individual and group learning, foster problem-solving, and help students develop critical thinking skills. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of the key principles of neuroinclusive teaching. 

Annabi’s research focuses on creating and maintaining inclusive learning organizations for women and neurodivergent persons. She teaches strategic leadership, product management and consulting, and information systems courses.

Restorative Teaching: Classroom Conditions that Restore Our Students and Ourselves

Thursday, November 16 | 12-1pm

Beck Tench, researcher with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, will discuss how to create a “restorative” classroom culture. Restorative teaching practices have been proven to reduce stress and promote well-being among both instructors and students. Participants will leave this session with strategies to help students become more observant, connected, and engaged in class.

Tench’s research explores how to mitigate the harms of attention-driven digital culture in formal and informal educational spaces. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington.

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The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. These events will include live-captioning services. If you need additional disability accommodations, please reach out to the UW Disability Services Office (DSO). When contacting DSO <>, please share the event details listed in the event registration form.