Skip to main content

Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute

MC's commitment to high quality instruction continues with the launching of the MC Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute offered through the Office of ELITE. The Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute has been developed to promote learner agency among faculty at MC offering you more choice and voice in the way you choose to engage in professional development to meet your individual learning needs. In essence, it is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

summer institute choose, learn, plan, and apply graphic
Breaking Down Each Step

Step 1: Choose 

There are three (3) learning pathways for faculty to choose from if they elect to participate in the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute. Participation in one learning pathway satisfies the requirement of the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute. The three learning pathways are:

summer institute learning pathway graphic
Dialogue Circles Learning Pathway

Learn more about the Dialogue Circles Learning Pathway

The Dialogue Circles Learning Pathway enables faculty to exchange stories to build common ground. To help support faculty discussion, Paula Davis’ book, Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being and Resilience, will be used to explore the power of teams at MC. There are two (2) Dialogue Circles options for faculty to chose from if they select this learning pathway. 

Dialogue Circles Description 

Burnout is something that many faculty and staff are dealing with as we continue to live and work during the global health crisis. Using Paula Davis' book, Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being and Resilience, the 2021 Summer Dialogue Circles has been established for faculty to engage in a learning community committed to exchange stories and strategies for working remote and to build common ground. 

Option 1: Meets on 6/4, 6/25, 7/16, and 8/6, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 


Option 2: Meets on 6/9, 6/30, 7/21, and 8/11, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Series Learning Pathway

Learn more about the Series Learning Pathway

The Series Learning Pathway is designed for faculty to extended learning around a common theme. There are two (2) options for faculty to choose from if they select this learning pathway:

Option 1: Addressing COVID-19 Trauma in the Classroom and in Ourselves (75 people cap)

As weariness continues due to the pandemic and other social injustices, supporting students through a trauma-informed lens and supporting ourselves with similar care and compassion will be critical to workplace sustainability. There are three sessions in this series: 

  • Session 1 – 6/16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Session 2 – 7/7, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Session 3 – 7/28, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Option 2: Social Justice - Creating an Inclusive Curriculum (75 people cap)

What does an Inclusive Curriculum look, sound, and feel like? In this series, participants will gain an understanding of how to develop, implement, and evaluate best practices that provide access, equity, acceptance, and inclusion among faculty and staff, including student engagement opportunities and innovative pedagogy. There are three sessions in this series: 

  • Session 1 – 6/16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Session 2 – 7/7, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Session 3 – 7/28, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Workshops Learning Pathway

Learn more about the Workshops Learning Pathway

The Workshops Learning Pathway enables faculty to self-select just-in time support around areas of interest or need. Faculty who select the Workshops Learning Pathway must choose six (6) of the twelve (12) sessions offered between July 6-9, 2021, to satisfy the requirements of this learning pathway. Here is an overview of the workshops schedule:

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Avoiding Faculty Burnout

As we continue to adjust and adapt due to the ongoing pandemic, burnout rates among faculty and staff remain a primary concern for college administration. This session is designed to regroup and refocus faculty as they continue their journey from surviving to thriving. Topics included in this session include collaboration, self-care, seeking feedback, saying no, maintaining research, and compassion.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Understanding Empathy and its Correlation to Student Success

Empathy is a crucial motivational concept that should be considered in the student-centered educational system that has emerged during the pandemic. Empathetic behaviors exhibited by instructors can have a major impact on student success. This session explores how a little empathy can go a long way in developing relationships that lead to student success.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Evaluating Online Teaching Practices 

Best practices in online education rely on several components. From making learning goals and paths clear to students; using deliberate practice and mastery learning strategies; providing prompt, constructive feedback; providing a balance of challenge and support; eliciting active, critical reflection; linking inquiries to genuine issues of high interest to the learners; developing learners' effectiveness as learners; to creating an institutional environment that supports and encourages inquiry are all needed to support teaching with technology (see Savery, 2005; McCullom, 2010). This session explores the components of teaching with technology and provides faculty with an opportunity to reflect and identify areas of professional improvement. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Multiple Measures of Student Assessment

Assessment in an online environment can take many forms. Using a multiple measure approach to assessment, standardized testing is no longer the primary means of assessing if a student is prepared for college-level coursework. This session explores instructor use of two or more assessment criteria (e.g., observation of process, observation of product, decontextualized measures, and standardized measures) to measure and determine student's mastery of content.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Learner Agency (i.e., how time, space, place, and choice all impact student learning)

Understanding student learning styles and preferences is key to student success. This session will explore the intentional planning and inclusion of student agency (e.g., choice, voice, place, and time) within learning opportunities reinforcing the power of student ownership within the teaching and learning process.  

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Building and Maintaining Authentic Relationships with Students

Building and maintaining authentic relationships with students promotes a positive learning environment and helps build a stronger college community. Dedicating time to develop and maintain relationships is one of the best investments instructors can make throughout the semester. This session provides practical tips and tricks to help develop and maintain authentic relationships with students through proactive engagement, curiosity, empathy, and understanding.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Supporting Students Wellness and Mental Health

Now more than ever, students and faculty are experiencing increased levels of stress, isolation, and anxiety and need mental health support. As we continue to navigate remote teaching and the collective trauma of life during a pandemic, we can implement pedagogical practices to help meet student needs. This session will explore how trauma-informed instruction can increase student success and model empathy in the classroom.

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Establishing and Maintaining Instructor Presence

Instructor presence means "being there" in your class and allowing your students to see you behind the screen as a real person so that they feel comfortable reaching out to you when they have questions or need help with the course. This session provides practical tips, software, tools, and techniques to enhance your presence in your online course. Topics explored throughout this session will help support course orientation, interactives, online discussions, timely feedback, and sync sessions.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Communication, Collaboration, and Feedback  

Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity support 21st-century learning. In this session, two of the Four C's (communication and collaboration) will be explored, along with the need for actionable feedback. This opportunity will allow faculty to evaluate their existing pedagogical strategies that support the development of each skill and access resources to enhance opportunities for future integration within the teaching and learning process.

Friday, July 9, 2021

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Tips and Tricks to support 7-week Courses

As we move into the Fall 2021 semester, we are providing our students with scheduling options to become more successful while managing their personal situations that may have been altered because of the global pandemic.  In this session, you will hear various ways in which faculty create a strong online presence in their accelerated courses to increase the motivation and engagement of their students. Practical tips and tricks to support 7-week courses will be provided to support faculty and student success. 

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Tips to Support Student with Disabilities

Promoting full participation and equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and campus activities is the job of all faculty and staff at Montgomery College. This session, developed in partnership with Disability Support Services (DSS), explores the accommodations and support services for students with disabilities. When we celebrate and empower diversity at Montgomery College, we recognize and value disability as a distinct aspect of our diverse community.

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Using Blackboard Analytics to Support Student Engagement and Instruction

According to Blackboard, "a well-designed learning environment can increase student engagement, decrease unnecessary cognitive load and encourage self-reflection, but it can be difficult to know what works best, in which context, and for whom." This session will explore Blackboard Analytics and how they can be used to support the teaching and learning process. From understanding individual student behavior to using analytics to establish and maintain instructor presence, this session will provide practical tips and tricks using data to guide and inform instruction.

Step 2: Learn

Each learning pathway is designed to expand your knowledge of specific topics based on your selection/identified need. By engaging with colleagues, you will enhance your skills through training  activities that incorporate theoretical learning and hands-on applications of key concepts and tools. In short, you will refine your abilities through self-reflection, feedback, and action planning.

Step 3: Plan 

At the end of your chosen learning pathway, you will create an action plan to support the application of your learning in the Fall 2021 semester. A follow-up session will be offered during Spring 2022 Professional Week for evaluation/reflection of the application of new knowledge obtained throughout the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute.

To participate in the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute, please visit MC Learns through Workday and search for your desired learning pathway.

In Workdaynew window, under Browse Learning Content, do a search for Summer Professional Development to see all SPDI's offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learner agency is about having the power, combined with choices, to take meaningful action and see the results of your decisions. It can be thought of as a catalyst for change or transformation. Within a professional development context, Learner Agency is about shifting the ownership of learning from facilitators to participants, enabling faculty to have the understanding, ability, and opportunity to be part of the learning design and to take action to intervene in the learning process, to affect outcomes and become powerful lifelong learners (adapted from Clague, 2018).

The Summer Professional Development Institute is open to everyone but only full and part-time credit faculty are eligible for the stipend. The Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute stipend is unavailable to department chairs, non-credit faculty, and MC staff who teach part-time.

Participation in Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute is based on faculty choice. There are three learning pathways for faculty to choose from. Participation in one learning pathway (i.e., Dialogue Circles, Series, or Workshops) fulfills the learning requirement of the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute. 

Faculty who participate in the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute are eligible for a $1,850 stipend. Funding for the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute is made possible through the American Rescue Plan.

To be eligible for the stipend, faculty must attend all learning sessions associated with their chosen learning pathway. At the conclusion of their chosen learning pathway, faculty must create an action plan reflective of their learning and submit it to ELITE by August 15, 2021. The Action Plan link will be provided by each Professional Development facilitator.

The deadline to register for the Summer 2021 Professional Development Institute is Tuesday, June 1, 2021.