DWFDW Debrief

Day one is in the books, and day two is ongoing, and I am, more than anything else, still really, really grateful that District Wide Faculty Development Week (DWFDW) isn’t five days anymore! Remember how awful that was? Still gives me the shudders.

But, here we are. So, did you learn anything? See anything great? Carry out any unanswered questions in your pocket?

Got anything to say?

(I thought the opening set of speeches and what-not to be lovely, if not exactly inspiring; there was food; I thought it was cool that they used an android to give the “Business Analytics” presentation (kidding, kidding…stole that joke), and went to the TAP strand presentation on the new classroom visitation rubric at which I was really happy to see Jewel Younge who is one of my favorite people in the world. As for the rubric, I hope I’m wrong about its usability. Regardless, I’m excited to see how the new tenure process will work. It can’t be worse.)

Have at it.

DWFDW Day One (and Two) Debrief

UPDATE: Day two is in the books–disciplinary meetings and breakouts. I went to the one on Data Analytics by Charles Ansell and Kate Connor, which was pretty exciting (more on that as it develops). Anything else great out there from Day Two?

Better question: who has a great story from the Discipline Meetings? Bonus points for direct quotes (unattributed please–what happens in the Math meeting stays in the math meeting except for second hand reports with redaction)?

So, what did you think? Certainly better than it’s been in the past, no?

Personally, I really liked Alvin’s presentation (somewhere, sometime, I think I said that I thought there was probably a strong argument to be made for Reinvention, and I think today’s presentation is what I was looking for then –kudos, Alvin; and I’m not just saying that as payback for the shout-0ut, though it was appreciated).

After that, I went to the Mathways presentation and got some interesting suggestions for “beautiful” studies on learning that I’m excited about. Overall, I’d say, good day. On the negative side, I didn’t like the white bread and LACK OF COFFEE AFTER 9am–that gym was sleepy. Still, credit for improvements and responsiveness to feedback.

What did you think? What did you see?

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!

As hard as it may be to believe, the wheel of time has made its way around again to point to Fall and the beginning of the school year. Welcome back! Like every new school year, some things remain the same, including the inevitable changes–some subtle, some not, in you them, everything around us. “All things pass and nothing stays the same.

Monday, 8/6: DWFDW @ Malcolm X, 9am-3pm (Mandatory, unless it isn’t);

Tuesday, 8/7: DWFDW @ Malcolm X, 9am-3pm (Mandatory? Optional? Recommended? Our new VP’s letter says “Faculty are required to report on August 6th,” which is a little ambiguous regarding our reporting obligations for the rest of the week. Anybody know the story?);

Wednesday, 8/8: HWFDW @ Harold, 9am-3pm (Sponsored by CAST);

Thursday, 8/9: HWFDW @ Harold, 9am-3pm (Sponsored by CAST);

Friday, 8/10: HWFDW @ Harold, 9am-3pm (Sponsored by CAST);

Saturday, 8/11: Business as usual as far as I know.

(One last question…last year we were required to attend five sessions of local FDW to fulfill our PD obligations. This year, I’ve seen no guidance on requirements, except the implied mandatoriness of it all and the Union letter. Anybody hear anything on this topic?)

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!

I’m off for the summer with my grades all turned in as of this morning.  TTT slipped my mind.

Are your grades done?

Are you like me and planning to do a cost/benefit analysis of your teaching this past semester?

Would you be interested in creating course sites across the district?  I was toying with the idea of doing this for the courses I teach often.  The site would serve as a storehouse for the activities/handouts/lessons I use (and invariably recreate until I realize that I’ve already made them previously).  Just a thought…

See you at (DW)FDW!  Look out for info on the local portion of FDW which is hopefully not right around the corner, the Wed-Fri of Faculty Development Week, Aug. 8-10.

DWFDW3: Call for Proposals

Our Veep passed an email along today for posting that you might find interesting:

 

Colleagues,
Get ready for the annual Faculty Development Week.  It promises to be an enlightening and engaging event and will get us ready for the new academic year. 
 
This year we will host a 2-day event scheduled for August 6th and 7th at Malcolm X College (1900 W. Van Buren).  Times and logistics will be finalized and confirmed shortly.  Attendance is mandatory for all full time faculty members.
 
Day One (August 6th): 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Faculty Development Week begins with addresses from administrative leadership and a keynote speaker, followed by a breakout session.
 
Day Two (August 7th): 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. The second day of Faculty Development Week will be comprised of a series of concurrent breakout sessions, and opportunities for faculty to meet as disciplines.
 
Theme:  This year, Faculty Development Week will be themed around the ‘Talents of Teaching’ with these areas highlighted:
 
1.     Teaching and Learning:  Developing and using highly effective teaching strategies that meet students’ diverse needs and that promote the acquisition and application of knowledge, and the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
2.     Measuring Learning: Assessing learning using multiple techniques (formative/summative, informal/formal), providing students with meaningful feedback on their learning progress, and designing activities to help students refine their abilities to self-assess.
3.     Student Support: Employing approaches that account for how learning is affected by students’ motivations, attitudes, perceptions and values as well as helping students overcome obstacles to learning by encouraging informed academic decisions and connecting students to appropriate campus resources and support services.
 
Call for Submissions:  This is where we need you to get involved. Academic Affairs is calling for submissions for general sessions during faculty development week.  All faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a session by filling out the following form:  
 
 
Submissions will be reviewed, accepted, and scheduled by a committee of faculty and administrators in early May. 
 
Deadline for session descriptions: 5:00 PM, Saturday May 5th
 
As always, we look forward to the start of another academic year together.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Davis
Mike Davis
City Colleges of Chicago
Associate Vice Chancellor for STEM
Phone: 312-553-2773

HWFDW Schedule

Hi all,

Here is the schedule for our upcoming local portion of Faculty Development Week.  I’ve worked hard to put this together this summer.  I hope you all enjoy it.  Many thanks to those of you who are presenting.  This wouldn’t exist without you.  Thanks to V.P. Metoyer, Dean Bickford, Aretha Hall, Jo Anne Mason and of course Pres. Laackman for the 11th floor support and coordination. Also, thanks to Yev, Chao and Carrie (the officers of CAST) for everything.

Check your e-mail later as well for a few more details.

Faculty Development Week 2011

Have you checked your e-mail in the past minute and a half?  If not, you missed this from hwc_CAST.

Hello all.  I have some very important news.

There is a very good chance that we will have 3 days of local Faculty Development here at HWC this summer and 2 days district-wide .  I received this information from a high authority, but I must warn you that it is not 100% set in stone.  Nonetheless, we need to be prepared.  CAST is charged with planning this event and did so up until last year’s little surprise.

Please follow the link below to fill out the brief survey about the programming for FDW.  Assuming that this does occur, we’ll need to move fast.  My goal is to have things in place, at least tentatively, before the end of the semester.  Yes, this is extremely ambitious, but I am confident that we can make it happen.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDdWclowWEwyMzJreW1OVVF2aS1NTUE6MQ

Thanks again.

Chris Sabino
CAST coordinator