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Faculty Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Innovation

2017-2018 Programming: Student Learning at the Center of All We Do


Planning for Innovation that Endures – Maureen Murphy and Jen McNally

Choose one of three offerings: Tues., 9/5, 3-4pm; Wed., 9/6, 11:30am-12:30pm; Thurs., 9/7, 9-10am

Each Fall brings a time of rejuvenation and new beginnings.  The school year starts with enthusiasm and a vision for how we will make our classes better than ever.  How can we, as a community of professionals, commit to our vision and propel ourselves and each other to an even-better version of our course?  In this session, we will explore classroom innovations that can advance student learning.  Each of us will commit to trying something new (or trying something again) and following through on our plan for the entire semester.  Come to this session with your syllabus or course materials so that we can plan for changes to execute throughout the semester.


Media Literacy Toward Civic Engagement – Jeff Lemberg

Mon., 9/18, 12:30-1:30pm

Come hear how Dr. Jeff Lemberg spent his F16 sabbatical developing an innovative program that used media literacy as the topical framework to engage local high school students about the dangers of substance abuse. The program, titled the MESSA Project (Media Education to Stop Substance Abuse), was a community collaboration between Curry College and Milton High School, utilizing Curry students as peer educators to work with more than two dozen MHS students.  How might media literacy education serve your topical interests? What are the challenges and opportunities in creating service-learning programs at Curry? 


Establishing a Campus Culture from Day 1: The Critical Role of Student Leaders – Ryan Theroux

Wed., 9/20, 12:30-1:30pm

While student affairs and academic affairs units both offer a number of key services and programs that introduce campus culture to first-year students, other individuals play a significant role in this acculturation process—current students. At this session, Ryan will present results from his study that explored the roles of student orientation leaders and first-year seminar student instructors through a qualitative case study design with an emphasis on cultural artifacts (i.e. campus traditions, rituals, symbols, etc.). This session will examine the research findings and consider how student leaders in these areas can work together to intentionally acculturate first-year students into the collegiate environment. At the session, participants will brainstorm ways student leaders can be utilized more intentionally to foster productive academic and social climates.

Mon., 9/25, 12:30-1:45 p.m. 
Join us for a discussion on what it means to be a faculty member in times of civil unrest. Many of us have discussed how this past year's political tumult (in the larger community) has spilled into our classrooms. As faculty members, we have been confronted with difficult discussions about the role of law and politics in our society. How do we engage these conversations in ways that are both respectful and provocative for our students? We will explore how far we can (or should) we go in the classrooms with our own political perspectives, and how we engage/support students who may be feeling vulnerable due to recent political decisions. In addition, we will explore how to engage students who may be on the opposite side of the political spectrum--or who are in the "middle"-- so that they actually listen (instead just tuning out).
Lunch will be provided.

The Professor-Student Relationship – Laurie Fox and Jen McNally

Tues., 9/26, 10-11am

What features of our classroom environment promote student success?  How can we best communicate our commitment to student learning at the center of all we do?  At this session, we will explore key features of the professor-student relationship that matter to students' learning, and identify the ways that these can be highlighted and emphasized in our interactions with students. 

Wed., 9/27, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Research has shown that our global societies have been evolving and integrating with one another at an unprecedented pace.  As such, in order to thrive in any career, students must learn how to work with individuals and communities who are different from themselves. However, many students are apprehensive learners when it comes to understanding and embracing the dissimilarities throughout the human mosaic.  In this interactive session, we will explore the nuances of teaching about multiculturalism in the classroom.  Participants will be guided through a self-reflection, offered strategies for facilitating difficult conversations, and provided with effective pedagogical strategies. 
Continenal breakfast will be provided.

Mon., 10/2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Faculty are cordially invited to attend an Honors Program Information Session to learn about and discuss short and long term programmatic goals.  The meeting will provide a review of the Honors Program curriculum, from the First Year Honors Seminar to the Honors Project (4th year).  Our discussion will emphasize the relationship between the Honors and the General Education curriculum and will seek participating faculty whose current or prospective courses fulfill GE requirements.  
Lunch will be provided. 


Midterm Makeover - Jen McNally

Tues., 10/3, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Aligning expectations, learning outcomes, and assessments is important work.  If we are indeed committed to student learning at the center, this alignment is critical from the course level all the way to programs and degree paths.  When students have a clear understanding of what they ought to learn and the ways that this learning can be made visible through meaningful assessments, they are better equipped to integrate their new learning and take ownership of it.  Bring your midterm assessment in for a check-up!  See if there are changes that you would like to make in order to ensure its alignment with your expectations for student learning at this point in the semester!


Small-Scale Active Learning Implementations - Jen McNally

Thurs., 10/12, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

So you want to implement student-centered instruction, but you don't know where to start?  Or, you tried active learning and it did not go quite as planned?  Come to this session to gather ideas for small-scale active learning techniques that you can implement with little planning and with only a few minutes of a class period.  Identify the outcomes that you anticipate and play through "what-if" scenarios so that you can be prepared for (almost) anything the students bring to the table!


Discourse Matters: Integrating Student Talk into your Teaching - Jen McNally

Tues., 10/31, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

Our students have a diverse array of perspectives to share – how do we best structure classroom  discussions to ensure that our students' voices are heard?  Attend this session to experience some classroom discussion protocols that are guaranteed to get your students moving, interacting, and sharing their ideas.  Identify the critical ways that discourse can facilitate student learning and commit to implementing some new ideas in your classroom.

Other Potential Topics Other Potential Topics

Student-Centered Astronomy – Jeff Lane

Midterm Makeover – Jen McNally

Tax Reform and Its Impacts on Students and You – Elizabeth Delano-Dykas

Small-Scale Active Learning Implementations – Jen McNally

Grit: A Secret Ingredient for Success (of All Types) – Jen McNally

Discourse Matters: Integrating Student Talk into your Teaching – Jen McNally

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