The New York Times columnist and author, David Brooks, has stated, "A key job of a school is to give students new things to love." Although an essential part of education is to develop skills and traits that will lead to a successful career, this is by no means the only purpose of college. Using a cross-disciplinary approach backed by research from humanistic psychology, philosophy, and literature, this webinar explores the importance of reframing education as something beyond career development, and targeting the higher experience in all of us. Applicable to any subject area, this webinar builds on the idea that we learn best from those people with whom we develop a meaningful rapport and trust. Finally, activities and discussions have been curated to help foster a positive, affirmational pedagogy that rekindles the deeper purpose of education, which is to maximize one’s potential.
In the summer of 2020, we investigated what our two-year colleagues had done to cope with the stress of teaching during the pandemic. We followed up with our colleagues this past fall to investigate their ongoing experience. This webinar presents what was learned and offers recommendations for navigating what lies ahead, including specific skills to help cope with the stress of professional roles at community and technical colleges.
The contemporary challenges community college leaders face are increasingly complex and must be addressed with a new approach to leadership. Adaptive challenges, such as the impact of COVID-19, changing student population demographics, local economic and political challenges, and unique and complex personnel issues, do not have easy solutions. They require an adaptive leader equipped with a unique set of strategies, including: Engaging in critical self-reflection; tailoring communication to the situation and audience; dissociating from the problem; analyzing the issue by listening to diverse perspectives; managing emotional responses with sensitivity; empowering those who are change-averse; and challenging assumptions with data. This webinar is especially relevant to community college leaders and aspiring leaders, but all who are interested are welcome to attend.
Deaf students face many challenges in achievement and advancement of their postsecondary goals. The National Deaf Center identified negative attitudes and biases as some of biggest barriers that directly affect deaf students. It is also important to note that deaf students with multiple identities, such as race, ethnicity, and additional disabilities may experience additional barriers, especially biases and attitudes. These attitudes and biases are pervasive across the education system and marginalize the experiences of deaf students.
This webinar introduces how biases, attitudes, and social constructs impact educational attainment for deaf students. The webinar allows participants to examine how attitudes and biases result in barriers for deaf students, how preconceived expectations about deaf people’s identities and experiences can limit their education, and how we can take action to create impacts as individuals and as educators.
This webinar provides tools and techniques for communicating with students in digital environments. The presenters explore how to understand your students’ communication needs, the use of messages to facilitate supportive contact, essential communication tools, and how to make a distance relationship successful. The importance of tone and verbiage in emails; using real time communication aids (Zoom, FaceTime, etc.); communicating in a timely fashion; accuracy in instructional messages; respecting the student’s individuality; and using multiple communication tools to interact with students and present material are also considered. The focus of the webinar is on helping instructors facilitate meaningful connections with students using both verbal and written communication.
This webinar provides individuals with a wide range of strategies and techniques to help promote student engagement in the classroom and online. Strategies include ideas for relationship-building, personalization of learning, content connections, and technology integration. Presenters share personal experiences and success stories from their combined 35+ years of teaching at-risk, low-performing, and unmotivated students at the K-12 and collegiate levels. Individuals leave the webinar with multiple tools to add to their student-engagement toolkit that can immediately be applied in the classroom. This session is applicable to teachers and instructors at all levels and of all content areas.