The  2018 Policy Teaching Institute will be held on May 31, 2018 at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  Come spend a day learning from experienced instructors! Take home new ideas for exercises, assignments, and resources that will engage your students in policy and policy practice! Register now to be part of this event.

This year’s Institute will begin with an Opening Plenary. Participants then have a choice of intensive, half-day sessions (morning and afternoon), led by accomplished social work instructors, that focus on teaching policy in the following areas:

 Making Policy Meaningful: If you are new to teaching policy or need a refresher, this session is an opportunity to learn tips, tricks and techniques for engaging students in policy content in a meaningful way.  Whether you are teaching a policy-focused class or a policy module within another class, the session will discuss and demonstrate ways to approach the classroom with the goal of sparking student passion and commitment.

Political Social Work: Engaging in electoral politics – whether through campaign work, running for office, or voter education and outreach – is a critical way for social workers to impact policy. This session will demonstrate strategies for incorporating content and activities about electoral politics into social work education throughout the curriculum.

Policy Across Political Diversity: In a seemingly polarized political environment, students and faculty alike may struggle with how to respond to diverse ideologies in policy courses. This session will demonstrate strategies both for engaging students of diverse ideological backgrounds, and for facilitating classroom discussion around challenging political issues.

The Policy Process: Theories and frameworks that explain the policy process can help students better understand the different stages of policy practice, from agenda-setting to implementation and evaluation. This session demonstrates strategies for teaching students about these frameworks in an engaging manner, so that they are better equipped to take advantage of strategic opportunities for positive reform.

The Teaching Institute will conclude with a new “Lightning Round” panel, in which social work educators each briefly present teaching strategies that they have found effective in their programs, from field-based projects to classroom-based activities.

Register now to be part of this event!