University of Wisconsin–Madison

LEaP: Developing Core Teaching

LEaP (Learning Environment and Pedagogics) focuses on observing and evaluating the core teaching pedagogy of faculty on the UW-Madison campus. LEaP strives to help faculty explore the art and science of teaching across all disciplines.

The LEaP Institute
The purpose of the curriculum is to foster educational excellence at UW-Madison by empowering educators with fundamental knowledge, practices, habits, learning community, and philosophies that are hallmarks of learner-centered instruction. Educational excellence is defined by active and inclusive courses where students are learning the skills, knowledge, and habits of a literate and conscientious citizenry.

After completing the curriculum participants will…

  1. Feel more confident in the classroom
  2. Have concrete tools to create a successful classroom experience
  3. Be able to avoid common time-sinks and pitfalls
  4. Be grounded in evidenced-based instruction practices
  5. Have a community of peers for ongoing support


  • Designing for Learning
  • Active Learning
  • Planning the First Day
  • Syllabus Design
  • Art of Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Assignment Design
  • Teaching with Technology


2019 TA-LEaP (for graduate student teaching assistants) Tuesday August 20 – Wednesday August 21 from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at room 2317 Engineering Hall.

2019 I-LEaP (for academic staff, instructional staff, faculty) Thursday August 22 – Friday August 23 from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at room 2317 Engineering Hall.

Register for TA-LEaP

Register for I-LEaP


If you are interested in participating in an I-LEaP institute, please contact Jamie Henke,, for more information or follow this link. Academy members central to this effort include: Barb King, Trina McMahon, Chris Dakes, Sue Wenker, Beth Martin, Tim Paustian, and John Booske.


Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016