First Ever Teaching Institute

September
2006
Phillip Maynard, Chair

The much anticipated Teaching Institute is now a reality. Please reserve February 16-18, 2007, at the Sofitel Hotel in San Francisco on your calendars. The Teaching Institute is open to all faculty and if you were recently hired, your participation is very much encouraged.

The Teaching Institute will cover many things with a particular focus on New Faculty Orientations. The purpose is to provide the space, time, support and resources for new faculty members to grow professionally during their first year. Working within a peer environment, faculty shall create meaningful definitions for their new roles within the California Community College System. Workshops will include the role of the senate in state and local participatory governance; best practices and teaching techniques and tools in the basic skills classroom; exploring diverse learning and teaching styles; classroom assessment; learning communities; developing a diversity consciousness, curriculum transformation; and the role of technology in the classroom.

We hope the series of sessions will provide a chance for dialogue about how we as faculty can come together to enhance our work with both current and future students. Our students come with both educational needs and life experiences that enhance the overall learning environment.

Faculty will have the opportunity to learn how to learn, including reflecting on their individual learning preferences; learn others' ways of learning, expanding their own abilities; and sharpen the skills of observation of the things and events of everyday life.

This will be the start of something new and innovative; you can find more information about the teaching institute on our website at: http://www.academicsenate.cc.ca.us/events/teaching.htm. In order to begin we need you!

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