Winter Quarter Course Prep in Bruin Learn! Don’t procrastinate! UCLA has a new learning management system, Bruin Learn, and your winter course will be hosted there. Join CEILS for some open working sessions to get your course(s) ready. Hands-on support will be in the room with you to answer any questions. Let’s get it done! Oct. 29, Nov. 16, Dec. 10th in Hershey Hall. Click the RSVP button to learn more.

Grad Students & Postdocs

Message from CEILS

Welcome back! We know there are a lot of resources, links, information coming to you from a variety of sources and that can be overwhelming.
A few things to remember about starting class this fall:
  • First years and second years are in a similar boat – both of these cohorts have not been in a physical classroom.
  • Students need to get back into the mindset of being in class and remembering what it’s like to study and take an in-class exam. Give them opportunities to practice!
  • Students may not have retained information last year – we recommend assessing the key concepts you expect them to know, and providing resources as a reminder (videos, texts, etc).

  • Make time to process what happened this past year during the first week of class (for example, provide 5 mins to socialize and discuss with peers).
In this special edition of our newsletterwe collated and organized some of those resources, particularly those you may need to get you started this quarter to hopefully make finding what you need easier.
Remember to be flexible with yourself and your students. Things won’t be perfect, but we’ll get through this together! Always feel free to contact CEILS if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely, The CEILS Team

Four Guiding Principles for Managing Transitions (developed by Karin Gosselink, Yale University and adapted to include best practices for teaching inclusively)

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Programs and Initiatives


cirtl2-logoThe Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching  which uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. [MORE]

Summer Institute

summer-institute-logoThe Summer Institute (SI) is part of a national effort to improve college STEM education and to enhance the academic success of all students by helping current and future faculty develop and adopt inclusive and effective teaching practices. Due to COVID-10 disruptions, the 2020 SI is being postponed either until sometime this academic year or next summer. The national Summer Institutes organization will offer an online SI. Please keep an eye out for additional information announced in the CEILS newsletter. [MORE]


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The UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in the STEM fields. The call for applications for the fall 2020 UPLIFT cohort is now closed. Information about applying to the program next year will be posted on the website. [MORE]

Learning Assistants Program

The Learning Assistants (LA) program at UCLA is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary instructional strategy that benefits science majors and faculty teaching large introductory science and math courses. [MORE]

Faculty Learning Program

The goal of the Faculty Learning Program (FLP) is to improve STEM undergraduate teaching and learning by gathering STEM faculty from regional 2- and 4-year institutions in a collaborative, mostly synchronous online environment to learn together and improve the each other’s instructional practice, as well as build relationships and understanding of one another’s teaching and learning contexts. [MORE]

Education Development Academy

The Educational Development Academy is a train-the-trainer workshop for Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) designed to prepare them to train graduate student Teaching Assistants (TAs) in their home departments to better integrate student-centered and inclusive pedagogy into their courses. [MORE]