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Spring 2022 Professional Week

Spring 2022 Professional Week begins on Tuesday, January 18, and kicks off with the Collegewide Opening meeting. The Spring 2022 Professional Week offers faculty and staff a variety of professional development opportunities offered by the College and ELITE. All ELITE sponsored events are scheduled on Thursday, January 20, and held via Zoom. 

In addition to traditional sessions and guest speakers, ELITE is excited to offer a series of 30-minute Speed Sessions throughout the day designed to provide targeted professional development on a given topic in a short and concise format. Additional information about the Speed Sessions, traditional sessions, and guest speakers is below. For easy registration, click on the registration link and you will be taken directly to the MC Learns through Workday page to enroll in the workshop. 


Workshops, Thursday, January 20, 2022
Presentations
9:00-10:00 am

Participants can choose to attend one of the following sessions:

MC Votes
Facilitator: Nik Sushka

Join MC Votes committee members and the Montgomery County Board of Elections for an overview of upcoming 2022 Elections, resources for civic engagement in the classroom, and a look at MC’s voting data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement.

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Re-Building Face-to-Face Relationships with Students
Facilitator: Carolien Annink

A good student-faculty relationship is one of the predictors of student success. With students slowly coming back to campus for face-to-face instruction, what can faculty do to restore their face to face interaction with students? How will faculty interaction with their students compare to pre-pandemic times? What lessons did the pandemic teach us? In this one-hour session, faculty will discuss how we can not only restore, but also evolve, and possibly transform our pre-pandemic ideas and practices vis-à-vis the student-faculty relationship, leading to even greater student success. 

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Making Muscles: Teaching Resilience to College Students at Risk
Facilitator: Phil Bonner

Resilience is a key factor for success in college and in life itself - while many students lack this essential trait, fortunately,  resilience skills can be taught and learned.  In this one-hour session, we will look at ways to foster resilience in our students without losing a lot of instructional time.

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Work-Life Balance
Facilitator: Marcy Jackson

As we return to face-to-face campus operations and begin to craft our new normal, let's take this opportunity to ensure that work-life balance is taken into consideration as we adapt to a pandemic/post-pandemic world.  In this session, we will explore the concept of work-life balance, reflect on our experiences with boundaries and flexibilities, and discuss strategies that will allow us to restore, evolve, and transform Montgomery College with focus on mental health, productivity, and sustainability.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Construct a definition of work-life balance for steady levels of work and personal success.
  • Identify healthy pandemic experiences to establish boundaries in support of work-life balance.
  • Select one or two strategies to support a healthy and productive work-life balance.

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Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tools to Improve Interaction
Facilitator: TBD

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Speed Session 1
10:15-10:45 am

Participants will receive targeted professional development on a given topic in a short and concise format. Participants will log in to the speed session and choose one of the following areas:

  • Kahoot
  • Jamboard
  • Blackboard App
  • PPT/Zoom Presentation
  • 5 Yoga Tips to Support Wellness

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Featured Presentation: Ty Howard 
11:00 am-12:00 pm

The 4 R's: Refreshing, Reclaiming, Recharging, and Renewing Your Role as a Leader

Ty Howard's dynamic, engaging and fun Refreshing, Reclaiming, Recharging, and Renewing Your Role as a Leader virtual keynote session is a confident way of thinking, a way of processing and applying four practical success habits that enables you to make the right daily choices to lead you to the - energizing and elevating - success, desired outcomes, and happiness you desire. Learn why some leaders burnout and never truly bounce-back in their roles, while others learn how to #bounceUPTM and resiliently move onto refreshing their enthusiasm, reclaiming their productive momentum, recharging their positive intentions, and renewing their drive to achieve set goals again-and-again. This session is not just another motivational keynote with strategies you must learn to travel the path to success. Ty teaches and shows you exactly how to learn and apply 'The 4 R's Concept Model' to create powerful results from the daily activities of your career and life, by using tools and positive attitudes that are already within you. 

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Featured Presentation: Dr. Christina Sax, Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)
1:00-2:00 pm

Resilience in the Face of the Ongoing Pandemic

Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic. As we continue to deal with the challenges, our capacity to recover quickly from difficulties is something that has tested us all. In this session, Dr. Christina Sax discusses the topic of resilience. Resilience is the ability to adapt to challenging situations. When stress, adversity, or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief, and pain, but you're able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically. Dr. Sax will offer practical ways to become strong, healthy, or successful again as we continue to restore, evolve, and transform.

With 20+ years of experience in online, adult, professional, clinical, and continuing higher education, Dr. Christina Sax is a strategic academic leader with experience in strategic academic planning; systems thinking and design thinking; undergraduate, graduate, and non-credit curriculum and program development and management; online, blended, off-campus, and accelerated programming; academic innovation; compliance and accreditation; assessment and quality assurance; general education and scientific literacy; faculty professional development; external and internal grants; inter-institutional collaboration; professional association leadership roles. Experience at the faculty, department chair, dean, associate provost, provost, and state system levels.

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Speed Session 2
2:15-2:45 pm

Participants will receive targeted professional development on a given topic in a short and concise format. Participants will log in to the speed session and choose one of the following areas:

  • H5P: Digital Interactive Content
  • Universal Design Center: What Would You Do – Scenario Planning 
  • Cram App
  • Making Your Physical Return to MC Less Stressful
  • Navigating Ethical Dilemmas: Conversations for Solutions
  • Spring Academy for Teaching Transformation

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Presentations
3:00-4:00 pm

Participants can choose to attend one of the following sessions:

Taking the E&I Pulse at MC and Rewriting the Narrative: Expressing Yourself and Adjusting to the New Normal
Facilitator: Jeanette Rojas

How do we express ourselves and adjust to the new normal? Let’s pause and take the E&I (equity and inclusion) pulse at the College. What is working and what is not. How do we rewrite the narrative and make it our own? Join us as we unpack what equity and inclusion mean in our ‘new normal’ at MC. 

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Introduction to the Virtual Campus
Facilitator: Shinta Hernandez

Montgomery College is recognized as a leader in online education, having recently been named the best online community college in the state of Maryland by Premiumschools.org.  With nine online degrees, four online certificates, and many more being considered, the College is positioned to meet the needs of online students in the county and across the nation.  With the help of open education resources, zero cost textbook degrees, structured remote teaching, and extended winter terms, the College’s online enrollment has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last several years.  As the College continues to strengthen itself in the online environment, a virtual campus will be launched to enhance the holistic experiences of our students, as outlined in MC 2025.  During this workshop, learn about the launching of the virtual campus and its objectives, collaborative efforts, timeline, and formula for student success.

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Designing Effective and Engaging Lessons and Presentations 
Facilitator: Michele Knight

Designing effective and engaging presentations and lessons does not happen by chance. Intentional thought needs to be given to each element to allow you to polish your content into a medium that will enable your content and delivery methods to shine.  We will uncover some of the secrets to designing effective and engaging presentations and lessons during this session.  Time will also be provided to allow participants to share their insights on developing effective presentations and lessons to benefit their colleagues.   

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Using the Blackboard Retention Center
Facilitator: Tom Cantu

Explore the Retention Center--an instructor dashboard in blackboard that identifies students who may be at risk. It enables instructors to see at-a-glance who has missed deadlines, has low activity in the course, has not logged in recently, or has a grade 25% below the class average.

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Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment through Intentional Design 
Facilitator: Laurent Ndeze

When preparing a course or lesson, every educator hopes to maximize learning or impress the learner. The challenge is how to satisfy the broad range of expectations or needs that the learner will bring. There is abundant literature to show that most people learn best from an inclusive classroom, whether online or in-person. In this session, we will discuss evidence-based steps for creating an inclusive learning environment.

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Writing Effective Recommendation Letters
Facilitators: Alejandro Leopardi, Michelle Prendergast, and Andree Betancourt

 

Letters of recommendation are key components to getting into transfer institutions, receiving scholarships, and getting a job. This workshop will review the criteria and literature discussing best practices regarding what makes an effective letter of recommendation.  It will also cover tips to help students ask for letters and get strong references.  Focus points include:  knowledge of student, evaluation of student – intellectual and character -using examples to back up noted traits or strengths, avoiding clichés, finding ways to emphasize strengths other than academic/intellectual.  Strategies for supporting students who did not do well in your class will also be explored.

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Exploring Decolonization at MC: Teaching and Learning Strategies
Facilitator: Angela Lanier & Paul Miller
(This workshop ends at 4:30 pm)

This session will examine the pedagogy and the influence of colonization on past and existing instructional practices.

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Speed Session 3
4:15-4:45 pm

Participants will receive targeted professional development on a given topic in a short and concise format. Participants will log in to the speed session and choose one of the following areas:

  • Haiku Deck
  • Slack
  • Microsoft Forms
  • The Resilience Matrix
  • Navigating Ethical Dilemmas: Conversations for Solutions
  • Spring Academy for Teaching Transformation

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Presentations
5:00-6:00 pm

Participants can choose to attend one of the following sessions:

Overcoming Zoom Fatigue 
Facilitator: Richard Forrest

In this session, participants will review essential components of the three stages of meetings and identify various practices and tools that keep Virtual Meetings positive and productive.

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Changing the Game of Assessment Design: Branching, Escape Rooms, and Leveling Up
Facilitator: Angela Lanier

Gamification is the process of using game-like elements to promote engagement in a non-game activity. For this session, participants will learn about three gamification techniques (branching, leveling up, and escape room) and how each can be used to transform an assessment.

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The Six Principles of Inclusive Syllabus Design
Facilitator: Gloria Barron

Why transform your syllabus into an inclusive syllabus?

Creating an inviting and inclusive classroom culture begins with the syllabus. A well-designed syllabus goes beyond the traditional syllabus layout because it contains opportunities for inclusion and additional information for students to explore and take charge of their learning.

Attend this session if you are interested in transforming your syllabus and converting your course content to reflect a learner-centered approach using the six principles of an inclusive syllabus design.

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Digital Literacy and Citizenship for Today’s Learners
Facilitator: Paul Miller

Explore how we live, learn, and work in a digital society and how we can provide our students access to defined outcomes, inclusion through intentional design, and accelerated performance through digital literacy competencies.

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Virtual Service Learning
Facilitators: Schnell Garrett and Hannah Stocks

During this workshop, participants will learn how to integrate service-learning into a 7 or 14 week semester.  You will walk away with an understanding of the service-learning process, several examples of high-quality service-learning integration, and information on how to access support from MC Service-Learning Coordinators.

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Workshops, Friday, January 21, 2022
Presentations
9:30-11:30 am

Participants can choose to attend one of the following sessions:

Universal Design Center Learning Lab
Facilitator: Stacy Ford

Want to learn about Blackboard Ally and how it creates alternate formats? Want to learn how to break down barriers between your students and Blackboard content but do not know where to start? 

Join us for the open lab for Blackboard Ally to hear about the trending barriers, learn some quick wins and ask questions about how to make your course more inclusive from an accessibility and access perspective. 

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Presentation
1:00-4:00 pm

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If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Paul Miller, Professional Development Director, ELITE.

 

 

 

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