PWR's Blog Posts

Cultivating Empathy in Your Classes

PWR instructors Donna Hunter and Emily Polk collected a series of materials to help instructors cultivate empathy and compassion in their classes. Below are several resources that they have  curated, ranging from in-class activities to instructional content. Their work was funded by the Open XChange grant program.

Spending the Summer with PWR

Each summer, some PWR instructors spend the first 8-10 weeks from June to mid-August teaching during Summer Session.  Over the past few months, several of our instructors -- Erik Ellis, Arturo Heredia, Shannon Hervey, John Peterson, and Cassie Wright -- rolled right from their spring grading back into the classroom to engage with an enthusiastic set of summer students.  Below are some of their reflections on that teaching experience.

Real World Writing: Real World Impact - Farmers, Scientists, and Activists

A recent PWR elective course helped students see the incredible impact that writing can have on community-based causes. PWR 91EC, "Farmers, Scientists, Activists: Public Discourse of Food Economies,"  taught by PWR lecturer Erica Cirillo-McCarthy in winter 2017, invited students to take their writing out of the classroom to help community organizations.

Reading the Stanford Campus

Overview: This activity invites students to close read a space on campus by identifying the space's audience and purpose and determining which parts of the space are private/public and welcoming/unwelcoming to visitors. This activity helps students understand the rhetoric of spaces and how people shape interactions within spaces.

Activity title: Reading the Stanford Campus

Authors: Meg Formato & Ashley Newby

Fellows Update: Where are they now?

Three years ago, we welcomed our first cohort of PWR fellows into the program. Since that time, almost all of them have moved on to other positions beyond Stanford.  Here's an overview of where some of the fellows are today.

After leaving PWR, Ethan Plaut joined the Masters Program in Stanford Computer Science Program.