Pre-College Instructor Workshops
Best Practices for Supporting ELL Students
Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
+++Sheridan Center Teaching Resources
+++Sheridan Center Inclusive Teaching Resources
+++Sheridan Center Certificate Programs
+++Sheridan Center Open Classrooms
Instructor Resources
+++Canvas Course Management System
+++Academic Technology
+++Brown Writing Center
+++Brown University Libraries
+++Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Archambault Teaching Award

Pre-College Instructor Workshops 

2022 Spring Workshops available on your instructor portal.

Best Practices for Supporting ELL Students

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

The Sheridan Center promotes evidence-based teaching to create an inclusive environment where all learners can succeed. To encourage innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, the Sheridan Center cultivates dynamic partnerships with all members of Brown’s teaching and learning communities. The Center advances effective liberal learning, encourages ongoing professional development, and fosters reflective teaching and learning. 1

For Pre-College instructors, The Sheridan Center offers various resources including consulting services, access to teaching resources, and certificate or workshop programs throughout the academic year.

For more information, please contact the Sheridan Center at 401-863-1219 or

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Instructor Resources

Canvas Course Management System
Canvas is Brown’s online course management system and offers tools to supplement an instructor’s course syllabus, including: content upload, collaboration, student communications, assignments and assessments.

Academic Technology

Faculty Development
Academic Technology Workshops
Faculty development workshops that explore technology, teaching, and learning.

Digital Teaching and Learning at Brown
Learn how Brown faculty are using technology to enhance online and face-to-face courses.

Teaching Spaces
Technology Rich Classrooms – workspaces for students and faculty to produce digital and physical media.

ITG Teaching Lab: a technology-enhanced classroom for investigating innovative teaching and learning activities.

Instructional Media Support
Teaching Spaces Multimedia Labs: workspaces for students and faculty to produce digital and physical media; equipment and support for instructors who want to integrate multimedia assignments into courses.

Brown Writing Center
The Writing Center provides writing assistance for all members of the Brown community. Staffed by graduate students from a variety of disciplines who are experienced in writing and teaching and undergo ongoing training. Associates are prepared to review a variety of types of writing and to discuss your specific writing concerns. Individual conferences are available as well as workshop sessions. Walk-in hours are available, but appointments in advance are preferable. For more information, please call 401-863-3524.

Brown University Libraries
The Brown University libraries are a wonderful resource for both instructors and students. Summer instructors have access to the Online Course Reserves Access (OCRA) to request digital and physical course reserves for articles, book excerpts, audio, and video materials.

University libraries also offer independent or collaborative study and work spaces for students, in addition to subject specialists who can assist with their academic work. Instructors are encouraged to steer their students to take advantage of the University Libraries extensive resources.

Over the summer, University Libraries operate on a restricted schedule. Check here  for the most-up-to-date hours of operation.

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching and research museum. A resource across the university, the Haffenreffer Museum inspires creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world. The Museum also provides opportunities for faculty and students to work with collections and the public, teaching through objects and programs in classrooms, in the CultureLab in Manning Hall, and at the Collections Research Center. 2

The Heffenreffer Museum is an incredible way to enhance your curriculum and course content.  If you are interested in incorporating a visit or guided experience to the museum into your summer course, please contact

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Archambault Teaching Award

The Reginald D. Archambault Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in teaching in the Division of Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs. The award is named in recognition of Reginald D. Archambault, Professor of Education emeritus, and the inaugural Dean of Summer Studies, 1984 – 1992. Professor Archambault served as Chair of Brown’s Education Department from 1967 through the early eighties, contributing greatly to the M.A.T. program and developing the Brown Summer High School as a teaching laboratory. He remains dedicated to advancing the craft of pedagogy.

While online offerings have long been a part of the Brown Pre-College portfolio, the transition to fully and mostly online courses precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to revisit and expand the Archambault Teaching Award. In 2021, the Award Criteria and Rubric were revised to explicitly consider courses and instructors teaching online or in-person; indicating examples of excellence within the rubric that included elements of teaching excellence regardless of method of instructional delivery. In the 2021 award cycle, the applicants were comprised of only online courses. While there were many tremendous courses and dedicated instructors across the programs and specifically in the application pool, those mentioned below exemplified the criteria set forth in the rubric and across the award guidelines.

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Daniel Li – recipient of the 2021 Reginald D. Archambault Award for Teaching Excellence in Pre-College Education

This year’s Reginald D. Archambault Award for Teaching Excellence in Pre-College Education recipient is Daniel Li, who taught the course, “Physics: What Does It Take to Discover a Particle?,” this past summer.

Daniel developed and facilitated a rigorous, approachable, and unique course. He presented clear learning goals for his students and developed a course that allowed for each student to navigate at their own pace and with individualized goals that Daniel gathered through his excellent pre-course survey and supported through one on one meetings with students during the course. He did an excellent job of gathering information from the students as the course was progressing and, more importantly, modified the course based on this feedback.

Daniel seamlessly incorporated inclusive teaching and learning practices by incorporating the history of physics from multiple perspectives and highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion in his syllabus, stating, “Inclusion is not a denial of the subjective experience embodied within diversity of identities, but is rather a recognition of the challenges and privileges that are associated with those identities that may hinder or unjustifiably promote an objective evaluation of an opinion, action or body of work.”

Daniel also emphasized student-centered learning with a living curriculum. It was inspiring to see how Daniel highlighted more modern physicists and helped his students understand that cross-cultural, interdisciplinary collaboration is what led physicists to all the most important discoveries in the field.

The consideration and time Daniel put into this course was reflected in student feedback provided in his post-course survey as well as the Pre-College course evaluation, where students provided immense praise for his course, including how their interest in physics was tremendously enhanced and how engaging they found the class to be. It was clear that Daniel emphasized student growth through his excellent feedback and consistent engagement with students during group discussions.

Rui Carvalho – 2021 Honorable Mention

One of this year’s Honorable Mentions goes to Rui Carvalho for teaching the course, “A Hip-Hop Introduction to Race and Ethnicity,” this past summer.

Rui planned and facilitated an inclusive and creative course where the content incorporated inclusive teaching and learning practices ensuring all students had a voice and a safe space to learn. Rui provided a diverse range of learning materials, supporting the emphasis on learning from many resources beyond traditional readings of scholarly works. Students really enjoyed the course content, demonstrating much of their new knowledge and personal opinions in Rui’s expertly facilitated group discussions. His consistent and strong presence in these group discussions on Canvas kept the conversation open, respectful, and reflective. Rui showed an openness to student feedback and through the multiple opportunities for students to provide input, Rui responded thoughtfully by crafting a living curriculum that was adjusted based on students’ needs.

Victoria Almansa Villatoro – 2021 Honorable Mention

One of this year’s Honorable Mentions goes to Victoria Almansa Villatoro for teaching the course, “Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Language,” this past summer.

Victoria planned and facilitated a thoughtful, organized, and effective course with clear student learning outcomes. It is evident that Victoria spent a lot of time thinking about the students, how they would navigate the course, and how to make an online course more experiential for them. Victoria’s Canvas site reflected careful and intentional planning with accessibility in mind and with a strong emphasis on active learning strategies. The course was both informative and very engaging. Through creative activities and projects, she facilitated a connection between students and an often-overlooked ancient language. By checking in with her students throughout their experience to gauge understanding and engagement, she provided students with an individualized experience. Students voiced great satisfaction with the course material and with Victoria as their instructor.

Past Teaching Award Winners

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