Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

ATW: Mental Health in the Classroom


Graduate & Professional Students, Postdoctoral Fellows

Event Time 

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location of Event: 

Online via Zoom

Event Description 

Instructors and students alike teach and learn under conditions of substantial stress, isolation and precarity, even as we work in learning environments that are often structured by the assumption that learners are able-bodied, neurotypical, and without mental health challenges. In this single session workshop, we will engage with practical tips, approaches, and pedagogical theories for cultivating classrooms where students and instructors who experience mental health challenges, as well as disabled and neurodivergent students and instructors, can learn and flourish. We will explore how concepts like ableism and sanism allow us to analyze structures in classrooms and course modules that increase the mental burden of learning environments on the student experience. We will then apply our observations to experiment with redesigning course modules for accessibility and equity, and discuss how to improve accessibility through student feedback and continued iteration. Please contact Delfina Gonzalez (delfina.gonzalez@yale.edu) and Allison Chu (allison.chu@yale.edu) with any questions or accessibility needs.

Please note: Advanced Teaching Workshops (ATWs) count toward the requirements for the Certificate of College Teaching Preparation (CCTP). ATWs are designed as deeper dives into a given topic, and are especially appropriate for participants with prior experience. If you are new to the subject matter, you may be more comfortable starting with an ITW, like “Identity in the Classroom” (https://cglink.me/2dA/r1953588), but this is not required..

This workshop will be held on Zoom.