FDW 2012!!

Faculty Development Week 2012 is right around the corner, sort of.  It will occur, most likely, 2 weeks before the start of classes (Aug. 6-10).  It is the biggest event that CAST is tasked with organizing.  As such, we will work very hard to make sure that it is fantastic once again.  Please complete the survey to help us gather some info from you.  Thanks and enjoy your well-deserved break.

Website Wednesday: CCC Edition

With consent from blogmaster PhiloDave, this is a special edition of Website Wednesday that will appear from time to time over the course of the semester. The focus will be on our [somewhat] newly designed [and Audrey-modified]  HWC website, and the CCC website, in an effort to give the folks at District some feedback on what we believe to be working or not working with the sites.

OK, so it’s the last week of the month and that means it’s time for another round of feedback. Honorary Peep, Audrey, has probably been waiting all month for this day! Right, Audrey?

Give ‘er what you gots! She has been a regular contributor. Thus, the honorary title.

Are the revisions on the website workin’ for ya? Findin’ what ya need and where ya need it? Wanna see some last minute changes before Spring Break?

Speak up now before the rush of questions from students for Summer and Fall registration leave you wishin’ you had said somethin’ sooner.

Have at it. Anonymity welcomed.

Tuesday Teaching Talk (TTT)

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. Hold on to your hats.  The CAST coordinators (yes there are 2 of us) are tasked with supplying TTTs to you.  Look for questions, videos, tips, etc.  Enjoy!

 

Meet and Greet Reminder

Remember that the Meet and Greet is Wednesday, and TODAY is the deadline for RSVPing about Food or money for food.

What’s the meet and greet you say?

[This year's HWC Faculty Meet & Greet will be on]Wednesday, March 28th, 2-5pm in room 1115. As usual, we look forward to meeting any new faculty and encourage everyone to stop by! Music will be provided by the first one who gets to the audio jack with their IPOD/MP3 Playlist.

Some games will be available and if there is enough interest, a Words With Friends competition! Potential topics of conversation for the event: March Madness, Spring Break Destinations and the usual investigatory conversations about who is the Realist!

Food, like paper, is no longer provided for College activities, so we are asking those who are interested to bring their specialty dishes or contribute to a fund for cheese/fruit platters.

Please RSVP to Rachel by Mon, March 26th regarding whether you would like to bring a dish to share or contribute to our cash food fund–contact new faculty member Rachel Iannantouni:  RIannantouni@ccc.edu, ext. 5616.

For more general information please contact Jenny Armendarez at jarmendarez@ccc.edu, ext. 5898.

Monday Music

I had my ipod on shuffle this weekend, while walking the dog, and this song came on. I have no idea where it came from and neither does anyone else in my house. A gift from the universe, I guess–a great song and new lingo…2 for 1!

 

Next Up!

Next up! is a regular feature on Sundays, showcasing HWC (and beyond) events in the coming week. Use the “Comments” section to provide updates and additions!

It’s Spring Break Week…hang in there…the rest of your life is tantalizingly close!

Monday, 3/26: The incredibly popular CAST Tech Drop! Social Media Edition (3 pm, rm 1046); “The Lessons of the Holocaust:” A Conversation with Dr. Alexander White (Les White’s father!), 5:30-8pm, rm 1115;

Tuesday, 3/27:  CAST Meeting PedagogySession (2 pm, rm 1046); Joint Faculty Council/Union Meeting (3:30-5pm, rm 102);

Wednesday, 3/28: Faculty Meet and Greet (2-5p, rm 1115); Loop Players: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (7:15pm, rm 102);

Thursday, 3/29:  Loop Players: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2pm, rm 102);

Friday, 3/30: Loop Players: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (7:15pm, rm 102);

Saturday, 3/31: Loop Players: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2pm, rm 102);

Please note anything I missed in the comments, please (and accept my apologies for missing it).

Connect The Dots

And it’ll make a big ol’ frowny face.

Dot #1: 1 in 4 high school students drop out.

Dot #2: The State of Illinois is out of MAP funds:

Current and prospective college students who apply now hoping to get state tuition help for next school year will be turned away, officials said Tuesday.

The state is on pace to receive a record number of applications for 2012-13 from the Monetary Award Program, the primary source of need-based financial aid. The scholarship money, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, was depleted by students who applied by March 13.

It’s the earliest the state has run out of funds for MAP grants, said John Samuels, spokesman for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the agency that administers the program. About 140,000 to 145,000 students are expected to get the aid, worth up to $4,968. An estimated 140,000 eligible students will be denied.

Dot #3: A change in Federal Financial Aid goes into effect on July 1st that will preclude students without a high school diploma or GED from qualifying under “Ability To Benefit.”

The future is going to be GREAT!

Instructional Research

Speaking of the union, there are two really good pieces in this month’s American Educator that you should check out:

Putting Students on the Path to Learning makes the case for Fully Guided Instruction (as opposed to Partially Guided Instruction (a.k.a., Discovery or Inquiry learning) particularly for novel information, including this interesting gem:

Researchers found that algebra students learned more by studying worked examples than by solving equivalent problems…For novices studying worked examples seems invariable superior to discovering or constructing a solution to a problem…studying a worked example reduces the burden on working memory (because the solution only has to be comprehended not discovered) and directs attention…toward storing the essential relations between problem-solving moves in long-term memory. Students learn to recognize which moves are required for particular problems, which is the basis for developing knowledge and skill as a problem solver.

The other is “Principles of Instruction: Research Based Strategies that All Teachers Should Know”and it provides an overview of 10 strategies and 17 principles of effective instruction that you probably already know but might, like me, benefit from seeing again.

 

 

4th Annual Union Scholarship Fundraiser Reminder

The annual fundraiser for the Albert/Soglin McBride Scholarship is THIS SUNDAY at Anna’s Asian Bistro (813 W. Lake Street). Good times and a good cause…

Fourth Annual Union Fundraiser
Also, please note that we will have a fundraiser on March 25 at Anna’s Asian Bistro. Contact Teresita Diaz-Lewis in room 402, Nancy Sullivan in 203-A, or Jesú Estrada in 629 for a ticket. Non-Union members may attend.
Jesú asked me to spread the word that:
A) they WILL be selling tickets at the door (so if you don’t have a ticket yet, but want to go, then you SHOULD! You won’t be turned away as long as you have money in hand); and
B) if you can’t go, you CAN donate. Just find one of the people listed above and give them some money.
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Faculty Council Corner

Faculty Council Corner is a regular Thursday morning-ish feature (that sometimes shows up later) , presenting an open thread for you to bother your HWFC members with pressing questions (or for us to post the pressing questions that you have). Also, you can expect this to be the forum where we post regular updates about what is happening with Faculty Council and when.

This Week’s Updates: Lots of stuff to report this week (which is why it’s late!)

1.8th Annual Meet and Greet: Social Co-Chairs and awesome people Jenny Armendarez and Rachel Iannantuoni (pronounced: Yan-a-TOE-ni) have decided to revive a tradition started by the late great Isabelle Belance to get the school’s faculty (full-time and part-time alike) in a room together for a little frivolity and grousing and morale boosting and music and convo. I’ll let Rachel and Jenny give you the details:

[This year's HWC Faculty Meet & Greet will be on]Wednesday, March 28th, 2-5pm in room 1115. As usual, we look forward to meeting any new faculty and encourage everyone to stop by! Music will be provided by the first one who gets to the audio jack with their IPOD/MP3 Playlist.

Some games will be available and if there is enough interest, a Words With Friends competition! Potential topics of conversation for the event: March Madness, Spring Break Destinations and the usual investigatory conversations about who is the Realist!

Food, like paper, is no longer provided for College activities, so we are asking those who are interested to bring their specialty dishes or contribute to a fund for cheese/fruit platters.

Please RSVP to Rachel by Mon, March 26th regarding whether you would like to bring a dish to share or contribute to our cash food fund–contact new faculty member Rachel Iannantouni:  RIannantouni@ccc.edu, ext. 5616.

For more general information please contact Jenny Armendarez at jarmendarez@ccc.edu, ext. 5898.

2. Budget Request: At our last HWFC meeting, we discussed whether to ask for any Budget lines though the office of instruction and, after some discussion, came to a consensus (of sorts) on three:

A) Release time for the President of Faculty Council (every President does a TON of work, meeting attendance, communication, and more; plus we figured that this would be a way for the administration to formally recognize the value and importance of Faculty Leadership);

B) A Chunk of Money for Funding Annual, Faculty-Driven, Curriculum Related Events and Festivals (a few years ago, some of us kicked around the idea of a kind of ad-hoc Arts Council that could disperse money to groups and faculty who want to do special events (i.e. Latino Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, etc.). In the past, Faculty have had to choose between unsavory options like: 1) raiding/begging for scraps from a department budget; or 2) going through Student Government (putting some of us in the weird position of asking students we were teaching to fund our special projects and also led to difficulty for fall events given that SGA usually takes a few months to get settled and funded and going (by the time they held a meeting, it was often too late for some of the events); or 3) pleading with and administrator to release the hounds, as it were, which put the groups asking for money in the spring at an advantage relative to those who asked in the fall (unless it was all spent, in which case the people in the spring went begging elsewhere). So the hope is to set up a mechanism/application process whereby faculty would apply to Faculty Council for the funding for these types of events and FC would approve/recommend approval (not exactly sure how it will work yet).)

C. Some Cash for Hosting Faculty Wide Speakers/Events Related to Curriculum (e.g., ICCB, IAI, Programs), Academic Issues, etc.

We are happy to report that all three requests made it into the draft budget anyway. We’ll see if they make it from the draft into the approved budget sometime soon.

3. Joint Union-Faculty Council Meeting: Next Tuesday, March 27th, from 3:30 to 5pm somewhere (assume room 1046 unless you hear otherwise) there will be a joint faculty council/union meeting to discuss the proposal to change the tenure process AND the work that the same team has done on a proposal to change the Post-Tenure Review Process (which is contractual). Watch your email for more information on this as it develops.

4. Emergency Plan: I’m sure you were all as pleased as I was to see that, in response to the Tribune investigation kerfuffle, the district”s emergency plan, which includes the college specific emergency plans, has been submitted to the state, per state law, as of March 19th (as reported in your email on March 19th). Unfortunately, they are about the only ones who know what it says…I mean, am I crazy to think that the biggest threat to our college is the fact that, by their own admission, most of our faculty don’t know what to do in emergencies and don’t know how to access the information? The gates are going to be “great” and all, but unless they have magic powers, they’re not going to be very helpful. Raise your hand if you have a safe key and an index card in your classroom when you’re teaching (you know, those two things that you’ll need for a lockdown in the case of an active shooter or something awful like that). Better yet, ask that question at your next meeting (departmental or otherwise). I believe it was three years ago, or so, that Faculty Council asked for LARGE PRINT signs with the security number on it to be posted in each classroom. Still waiting. (sigh).

Last “Week’s” Pressing Questions: Anonymous asked: Does anyone know are CCC classes being taught at Chicago high schools? I have no new information on this besides what I wrote in the comments last time. Anyone else?
Everything else, especially the stuff I got wrong or missed, in the comments please

Harold Lounge Braggin’ Rights Bracket Contest Update

I told ya I’d have updates whenever possible. The standings as of 10:39pm today:

Rank Team Name Score Correct Best Score Best Correct Champion
1 Michael Russell 46 34 170 48 North Carolina  (141)
2 Chris Sabino 42 32 154 44 Ohio St.  (123)
2 Don Laackman 42 32 154 44 Kentucky  (135)
2 Kamran Swanson 42 32 142 42 Kansas  (160)
5 David Richardson 38 28 94 37 Missouri  (137)
6 Jivin Jenny 35 27 143 38 Kentucky  (135)
7 Anthony Escuadro 29 24 137 35 Kentucky  (139)
8 Chicago Realist 0 0 0 0  ()

Part of me wants to think there’s an error somewhere. Part of me believes there ain’t no errors, just some bad picks. (That’s right, I can trash talk ’cause a)anyone can, and b)I’m all the way at the bottom.

~Michael Russell – holding strong at No. 1, with that Mitt Romney smile. Yeah, baby.

~Chris Sabino – might have a hard time catchin’ up to Cinde-Russell story.

~Don -holdin’ nice and steady here; showin’ us how a leader goes about his business.

~K-man showin’ he can hang with the best (or is it the rest?)

~PhiloDave – pullin’ a Jeremy Lin on the other players. Came out strong but is now faddin’.

~JJ – Headin’ south, but not necessarily home.

~A-square (isn’t that how you spells it in spanish?) – The Santorum of the brackets.

~Realist – that makes me Gingrich. Just a side show for the masses.

When does it all end anyway?

Over the Transom

Some more stuff that came in this week:

~Adriana Tapanes-Inojosa sent this link on the relation of online classes and completion from the Chronicle;

~Matt Shevitz sent an email with a link to this piece from NPR’s Science Friday. He writes:

I heard this conversation about STEM and employment  on Friday on NPR. Very interesting stuff, especially considering everything that has been going on at CCC (with all due respect to Mike Davis). The most interesting part to me: one of the interviewees emphasized that an education that includes STEM does not have to lead to employment in one of the areas directly related to it. Rather, the skills acquired (qualitative and quantitative reasoning and analysis, for instance), are beneficial no matter what job someone holds.

Sounds like the same approach for justifying for the arts in education…..Once again proving that everything has value (even underwater basket-weaving).

~And John Hader sent in a link to this piece on the Great Books Curriculum and Community Colleges.

h/t’s to all three!