The Institute’s international faculty development focuses on furthering the goals and outcomes of a liberal arts and sciences approach to education.  The heart of the liberal arts and sciences curriculum is the learning experience–an experience that requires an approach to education that is rich in ‘pedagogies of engagement.’ Within this environment students become critical inquirers and agents in their own learning; able to transfer higher-order thinking skills to multiple contexts; manage cultural complexity; find and make meaningful connections to ideas across disciplines; and engage in complex, collaborative communication. Working together with institutions and faculty, IWT provides hands-on, experiential opportunities to use writing and student-centered pedagogies to foster students’ capacities for thinking analytically, communicating proficiently, and retaining and transferring knowledge to new situations. 

IWT has recently offered workshops at institutions in Germany, Jordan, Myanmar, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkey, the West Bank, Sweden, Lithuania, England, Holland, and Canada.
A liberal arts education is seen as a fundamental part of the process of democratization and as a means of promoting an active and engaged citizenry. In other parts of the world, educators are turning to liberal arts education because they recognize the limits of old teaching methods, particularly in light of competition from new technology, and because they understand that contemporary modes of thinking and the demands that the contemporary marketplace requires them to move beyond the constraints of rigid disciplinary structures.

—Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bard College
Workshops

Workshops

IWT leads professional development workshops--from three-day to weeklong—at high schools, colleges and universities internationally to introduce faculty to the role writing-based teaching can play to deepen student learning in all disciplines. In collaboration with each international school and institution, the Institute develops workshops to meet the needs and objectives of both administrators and faculty, taking into account specific language requirements, cultural contexts, curricula, and ministry of education requirements. Workshops designed are rigorous, experiential, and tailor-made, and provide excellent opportunities for teachers and faculty to explore essential 21st century global learning skills. 

Engaged Pedagogies Certificate

Engaged Pedagogies Certificate

The Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking Certificate in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) provides educators with student-centered frameworks for the practical application of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) educational theories in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary classrooms. This intensive 160-hour program, composed of a sequence of graduated workshops, introduces faculty to pedagogies of critical engagement.