Teaching & Learning Series

The Teaching & Learning Series focuses on proven strategies that can be implemented at the course level to create inclusive climates and engage all students in deep learning. Our goal is to provide our ELAC family with workshops on self-regulated learning, active learning, research-based principles for building inclusive communities and teaching to increase student learning, developing a first-gen mindset, recognizing student learning and success and to consider how information about who our students are and how they are performing can be used to ensure their success.

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Teaching & Learning Series Program

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Even though the Office of Professional Development's physical office is closed, many programs and services are still being offered online.

Interested in attending workshops from the comfort of your own home? Check out our virtual Teaching & Learning Series!

To sign up for any Teaching & Learning workshop, please log into your SIS account and then go to the Vision Resource Center: Teaching & Learning Playlist

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

12 April

Tuesday

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Bringing Neurodiversity to the Equity Table

Neurodiverse students, which include students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), represent an evergrowing population, especially for community colleges. It is estimated that of students with ASD who continue on to secondary education in the US, 80% attend a community college. Thus, due to our accessibility and open admission process, we often serve as a necessary gateway to transfer and vocational opportunities for neurodiverse students, which is why it is imperative to understand the academic, mental health, and social needs of our students and bring neurodiversity to our equity discussions. In this workshop, faculty and staff will learn and engage with various strategies for supporting neurodiverse students in both the classroom and student services. Additionally, participants will leave with an understanding of the neurodiversity movement and how it compliments larger conversations about equity and asset-based approaches to education.

 

Presenter: Erika Montenegro, Cynthia Orozco

Registration Link: Bringing Neurodiversity RSVP

 


18 April

Monday

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Creating Engaging and Interactive Course Materials

In the past year, we have all experienced how important it is to create appealing course materials to motivate students and keep them engaged. Whether you are teaching online, hybrid, or face-to-face, your course materials should be highly responsive to stimulate involvement. This workshop will help participants create interactive presentations, and videos as well as other fun content to connect with students.

 

Presenter: Diler Yuksei

Registration Link: Creating Engaging RSVP

 


20 April

Wednesday

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Microaggressions: How to Recognize, Respond and Resist

This workshop will help participants identify and distinguish subtle or explicit manifestations of microaggressions such as implicit or unconscious offensive statements, gestures, or other actions. Participants will develop tools to respond to these manifestations and learn how to provide the individual and collective supports needed to transform their culture into one that is more diverse, equitable, inclusive and collegial.

Presenter: Nohelia Canales, Arpi Festekjian, Ran Gust

Registration Link: Microaggressions RSVP


26 April

Tuesday

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Community of Practice Meeting

Our Community of Practice (CoP) offers a forum to discuss and collaborate on best teaching practices. What holds the CoP together is the passion, commitment, and the collective experience of its members. We welcome all members of the ELAC community to join our CoP. Because we have a holistic approach to education, we value the voices and input of all campus constituents and friends.

Presenter: Elena Tinker Diaz

Registration Link: COP RSVP


29 April

Friday

10:30am - 12:00pm

Appreciating and Believing in Our Students in the STEM Classroom

This workshop will explore, link, and apply two asset-minded theoretical frameworks that STEM professionals can use to see dramatic gains in student persistence and success in STEM. Using Dr. Tara Yosso's Community Cultural Wealth model, this workshop will take an appreciative lens and focus on the extensive strengths- or capital- that student possess and bring into their STEM journey. In addition, Dr. Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset theory will be discussed as a way to reframe STEM professionals' communication and feedback. Recognizing students' capital and STEM professionals having a growth mindset about students' abilities can unlock students' potential, especially among students of color who are traditionally marginalized in STEM fields. The workshop will include case scenarios to facilitate meaningful interactions and pedagogical activities that are culturally affirming for traditionally marginalized student populations, with the goal of increasing their retention and success in STEM.

Presenter: Nohelia Canales, Raymond Oropeza

Registration Link: Appreciating and Believing RSVP

 


5 May

Thursday

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Culture Matters: How to Support Culturally Responsive Teaching 

This workshop will examine how to foster culturally sensitive teaching and to understand students through the lens of the cultural contexts that they bring into the classroom. Since culturally responsive teaching practices strengthen student-teacher relationships and bridge the cultural and equity gaps, it is imperative to cultivate this practice into our curriculum and instruction. Therefore, this workshop will create space to analyze and reflect on our own teaching methods and identify several effective strategies to create and support culturally sensitive teaching pedagogy.

Presenter: Rokeya Rahman

Registration Link: Culture Matters RSVP

 


 11 May

Wednesday

12:00pm - 1:30pm

An Equity Toolkit for STEM Faculty: Towards a Transformation of STEM Education via Justice-Centered Science Pedagogy

This workshop empowers participants to explore the historical foundations and structures of STEM fields and higher educations as a means to interrogate how these foundations produce and reproduce inequities in STEM. Engaging in this analysis facilitates participants' understanding of privilege and inequality for advantaged and marginalized groups, respectively. With this foundation, participants will utilize and inquiry-based equity lens to understand how current STEM culture and curricula can act as barriers for historically marginalized communities in educational curricula and teaching practices from a social justice framework as a means to increase BIPOC student persistence and success in STEM.

Presenter: Nohelia Canales, Christine Sepulveda

Registration Link: An Equity Toolkit RSVP


19 May

Thursday

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Developing and Incorporating Open Educational Resources in the STEM Classroom

During 2020, over 60% of enrolled U.S. college students skipped out on purchasing required texts. Enrollment, retention, and, most importantly, success in our courses are dramatically affected by egregiously high textbook costs. These high textbook costs have disproportionately affected the most vulnerable-food and housing insecure-student populations, making faculty textbook decisions an urgent equity issue. Zero-Textbook-Cost (ZTC) courses, which use Open Educational Resources (OER) or no textbook at all, decrease the economic burden of attending college and increase department enrollment. This workshop will discuss the challenges of incorporating and developing OER materials for STEM courses, both lectures and labs, and introduce STEM faculty to available OER resources.

Presenter: Emily Haddad, Christine Sepulveda

Registration Link: Developing and Incorporating OER RSVP

 


31 May

Tuesday

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Community of Practice Meeting

Our Community of Practice (CoP) offers a forum to discuss and collaborate on best teaching practices. What holds the CoP together is the passion, commitment, and the collective experience of its members. We welcome all members of the ELAC community to join our CoP. Because we have a holistic approach to education, we value the voices and input of all campus constituents and friends.

Presenter: Elena Tinker Diaz

Registration Link: COP RSVP

Registration Link: Developing and Incorporating OER RSVP

 

 

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