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Academy for Teaching Transformation

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Originally designed to support new faculty and instructional staff members at Montgomery College, the Academy for Teaching Transformation it is now open to all full-time and part-time faculty, and to all instructional staff.

The Academy covers various topics essential for effective instruction and is taught by MC faculty and staff who bridge the gap between theory and practice. This approach supports a systemic effort to bring about change in the classroom practices of faculty and instructional staff by exploring attitudes and beliefs and the intended learning outcomes of students they serve (Guskey, 2002).

Through a series of three interconnected sessions, each Academy program is designed to provide opportunities for faculty and instructional staff to become actively involved in meaningful discussions, content planning, and learning activities that support collaboration, problem-solving, and knowledge sharing (Garet, Porter, Desimone, Birman, Yoon, 2001).

Upon successful completion of the Academy, participants are awarded professional development credit.

NEW! ACADEMY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING BADGE: TEACHING ESSENTIALS: INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION

In the spring of 2022, ELITE launched a pilot program, attaching a formally recognized Montgomery College badge, also called a micro-credential, to the completion of the ELITE program, The Academy for Teaching Transformation, a professional development program for faculty and instructional staff. 

To earn the Teaching Essentials: Innovation and Transformation badge, participants partake in the three interconnected workshops that comprise the Academy and fulfill extra assignments, resulting in a portfolio-style document. The document reflects the participant's intense involvement in bringing the pedagogical principles discussed in the three interconnected workshops into practice. The portfolio-style record reflects the badge earner's work in designing and implementing teaching innovation based on the Academy topic and consists of a reflection journal, a description of the stages in a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) process, and an annotated lesson plan. 

A selected Academy workshop series will have this badge option available every fall and spring semester. Please see the FAQs pagenew window to learn more about what earning a badge entails at Montgomery College.  

Please register in MC Learns through Workday.


Information Video

Watch the Academy for Teaching Transformation information videonew window with Dr. Carolien Annink to learn more about the program. 


Fall 2022 Workshop Series

Achieving Your Teaching Goals Through Action Research
Facilitators
: Levena De La Rosa and Bonita Parker
Fridays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Session 1: September 30 | Session 2: October 28 | Session 3: December 2
Online via Zoom

Action research is “a disciplined process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking the action” (The Institute for the Study of Inquiry in Education). In this workshop series, participants will identify a pedagogical goal and implement an action research plan (ARP) to enhance student success. As part of ARP creation, participants will explore the benefits and challenges of using data analysis in action research as a consistent part of their instruction. Participants will apply relevant, current data to their work and will develop procedures for enhancing their own data collection for ongoing action research

PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL THREE SESSIONS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE WORKSHOP SERIES 

Upon completion of this workshop series, participants will be able to

  • Define an action research plan (ARP) and articulate the purpose of action research in their courses
  • Explore the types of data that could support action research relevant to their courses
  • Articulate their own ARP, and design an appropriate strategy for implementing their own ARPs
  • Effectively communicate the results of their research
  • Use data to refine an ARP to continue the assessment cycle

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Collaborative and Active Learning Techniques For Equity and Diversity (Sessions 1-3)
Facilitator
: Sara Kalifa and Carolien Annink
Fridays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Session 1: September 30 | Session 2: October 28 | Session 3: December 2
Online via Zoom

Increasingly studies confirm that lecturing as the only instructional technique is not the most effective teaching method in higher education. Studies show that alternating lectures with collaborative and active learning activities leads to increased student success, for all students but especially for students from underserved populations. This 3-workshop series is designed for faculty in all disciplines who are interested in learning about other ways to teach to complement their lecturing. In this very practical workshop series, instructors learn to design and incorporate a variety of collaborative and active learning techniques in their current lessons.

PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL THREE SESSIONS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE WORKSHOP SERIES.

Upon completion of this workshop series, participants will be able to:

  • List several benefits of teaching with collaborative and active learning techniques
  • Summarize the importance of collaborative and active learning techniques for inclusive and equitable teaching and learning
  • Describe 8-10 techniques new teaching techniques
  • Design, develop and implement 3-5 classroom active and collaborative learning activities

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Realistic Rubrics to Facilitate the Evaluation (Sessions 1-3)
Facilitators
: Joan Naake 
Fridays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Session 1: September 30 | Session 2: October 28 | Session 3: December 2
Online via Zoom

Rubrics facilitate evaluation, enhance fairness in grading and can be applied to a variety of disciplines and assignments. During this 3-session workshop, participants will learn about a variety of rubric styles and develop course and assignment specific rubrics that will help instructors to evaluate a wide variety of assessments and assignments more effectively.

PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL THREE SESSIONS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE WORKSHOP SERIES.

Upon completion of this workshop series, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how rubrics facilitate evaluation and enhance equality in grading
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of rubrics
  • Develop and implement a rubric for an assignment in their discipline

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Datafication: Incorporating Data Science in Every MC Classroom - (Sessions 1-3)

IN PERSON - SC 350
Facilitator:  Rachel Saidi
Fridays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Session 1: September 30 | Session 2: October 28 | Session 3: December 2

As societies move to datafication, data literacy is important for all. This workshop series will introduce participants to concepts in data science. We will use tools such as R and R Studio and Tableau Public to learn how to load, explore, and analyze various datasets. The goal is to explore how data science techniques might be incorporated in classrooms across all disciplines at Montgomery College. No prior skills are required.

PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL THREE SESSIONS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE WORKSHOP SERIES

Upon completion of this workshop series, participants will be able to:

  • Identify uses of data science real-world applications for the MC classroom
  • Identify and define forms of data visualizations
  • Publish and share data exploration code and visualizations
  • Incorporate accessibility elements into visualizations
  • Create and publish a data project that enhances teaching

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Frequently Asked Questions 

While strongly recommended to full-time faculty in their first, second, and third year of teaching at MC, the program is open to all MC faculty, full-time and part-time, and to instructional staff. Each semester, faculty and instructional staff sign up for one workshop series. An Academy for Teaching Transformation workshop series consists of three monthly, synchronous meetings, focused on one pedagogical theme. 

Some of the topics are offered every semester, and new, relevant topics will be added each year.

Participants are expected to attend all three sessions of that series on the designated afternoons listed throughout the semester. If you are unable to attend all three sessions, you will be dropped from the series.

No, you will have the choice of completing the extra work associated with the digital badge if it is available in the session that you select.

The Academy was designed in support of two MC 2025 Goals: Goal 2--Enhancing Transformational Teaching Practices and Goal 4--Supporting and Investing in MC Employees. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolien Annink, Academy Coordinator.