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Autumn TA Orientation

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Each quarter, CTL hosts a TA Orientation (TAO) to prepare graduate students for their teaching responsibilities at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all TAs. It will provide a foundation in evidence-based teaching practices for new and returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community.

Register for TA Orientation

If you are unable to attend TAO, TAO Any Time is a self-paced online course introducing you to the fundamentals of effective pedagogy for teaching assistants.

Please note: no food or open drinks are allowed inside TAO classrooms. Please bring a reusable water bottle and/or travel mug with lid if you would like to bring drinks into Lathrop library. 

Autumn Quarter TA Orientation

Friday, September 22, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon 

Lathrop Library


Check-in and light breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 a.m.) 

Opening Session (8:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.) Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library

  • Welcome to Teaching at Stanford: Cassandra Volpe Horii, PhD. Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Mental Health and Well Being in Learning Environments: Colin Campbell, Assistant Director, Well-Being at Stanford

Concurrent Session 1 (9:50 – 10:50 a.m.) (Choose ONE interactive workshop)

  • Leading Office Hours and Review Sessions (Bishop Auditorium)
  • Facilitating Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences (Lathrop 294)
  • Supporting Student Learning in STEM Sections (Lathrop 299)
  • Major Policies and Practices every TA Should Know (Lathrop 282) 

Concurrent Session 2 (11 a.m. – 12 noon) (Choose ONE interactive workshop)

  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments (Lathrop 299) 
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams (Bishop Auditorium)
  • Grading and Commenting on Papers and Essays (Lathrop 294)
  • Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know (Lathrop 282)

For questions about TA Orientation or to request an accommodation, please contact Amanda Modell at

Future TA Orientations

Winter TA Orientation will be held on Saturday, January 13 from 1–4pm.

Spring TA Orientation will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 1–4pm.

Missed the TA Orientation?

TAO Any Time is a self-paced online course introducing you to the fundamentals of effective pedagogy for teaching assistants. Register through Canvas and complete it at a time that works for you.

Stanford Policy Resources

Stanford Policies


Contact Amanda Modell, Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, for more information at any time. Please also contact Amanda if you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information.
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