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2020 Professional Development Institute

Effective Meetings: Make Decisions & Accomplish Tasks

Effective Meetings: Make Decisions & Accomplish Tasks
Presenter: Stephen Tomasovitch, SAC Student Activity Coordinator, Student Affairs Department

At one point or another, each of us has had to take part in a meeting whether in our work environment or in another organized setting. We likely can all agree that some meetings are run better than others. This educational session will provide attendees with the information and tools necessary to confidently conduct an effective meeting.  Topics will include the major purposes of convening formal meetings, the necessity of preparing for the meeting ahead of time, the rules and best practices to follow during meetings, a basic overview of Robert’s Rules of Order, and the crucial role of the meeting chairperson in facilitating effective meetings.

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This Old Course

This Old Course: The Renovation of College Success
Presenters: Royce Bass, Library & Social Science adjunct; Mike Keller, Arts & Sciences; and Meghan Deputy, Dual Enrollment Department

Come learn about the how SJR State’s College Success Skills course is being renovated into “Academic Pathways for College Success.” We will walk you through the building process and timeline of the new General Education required course, its curriculum, and free OER instructional materials. We will also discuss the current Dual Enrollment cohort pilot program of the Pathways course.

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Creating a Culture of Belonging

Creating a Culture of Belonging

Presenters: Ginger T. Bernal, Academic Advising Department

This professional development session will focus on practical ways to foster a culture of belonging with students, faculty, staff, and community, making SJR State stronger and more welcoming to all. The session facilitator actively uses these tools in her job, and she will share resources, strategies, and ideas in a collaborative learning environment! 

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Mindset Education and Interventions: Helping STEM Students Learn from Failure

Mindset Education and Interventions: Helping STEM Students Learn from Failure

Presenter: Cathy Wright, Science Department 

Why do we often see students with similar abilities have very different outcomes in our classrooms and labs? Students that have similar abilities may have very different mindsets. Mindset can be defined as the “implicit theory of intelligence.” There is evidence that what a person believes about their abilities, and the effort they exert in improving those abilities, is more important to their success than are the abilities themselves. This session will present information about Mindset, the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset, goal orientation, fear of failure, attributions, and coping, and the impact of these constructs on academic challenges and students’ response to failure. This session will also provide participants with interventions, such as quiz debriefs and surveys, that can be used in the classroom or online to help students learn from failure. These tools were developed by FLAMEnet: the Failure as a part of Learning: A Mindset Education network.

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Five Reasons Accounting is Awesome

Five Reasons Accounting is Awesome

Presenter: Jim Moroney, Business Education Department 

Accounting is the language of business and is critical to the understanding of how organizations work. Yet, many avoid studying accounting, and even most business majors fail to devote sufficient learning effort towards their courses in accounting and finance. This can result in many professionals developing a “financial blindside,” leading to serious errors in decision making. This session will benefit all non-financial professionals and educators by enriching their understanding of the importance of accounting and may even save their lives!

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Tips & Strategies for Building Community in the College Classroom

Tips & Strategies for Building Community in the College Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Mary Ann Kester, Teacher Education Department

Building classroom community requires that faculty engage with students in intentional and meaningful ways with the goal of increasing positive interactions among students and between students and faculty.  Feeling a sense of community is associated with increased motivation, greater enjoyment of class, and more effective learning. Students engage more frequently in a classroom where they feel they are welcomed and valued.  In this session, participants will learn and practice tips and strategies that build classroom community in the college classroom.

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The Palatka Campus Library Presents: A Customer Service Book Tasting

The Palatka Campus Library Presents: A Customer Service Book Tasting

Presenters: Dr. Brittnee Fisher, Joyce Smith, Ann Spinler, and Jennifer Anderson, Palatka Library 

Visit the Palatka Campus Library to partake in a customer service book tasting! Allow our five-star library staff to serve you a full course of customer service resources! Discover new professional development resources about mindset, stress management, kindness/happiness, team building, and personality. Book tastings are a popular readers’ advisory tool that could easily be adapted to engage anyone with library resources. Dine with us and we promise that you’ll leave full of great ideas!

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Women and Education in 2020: A Look Back and a Leap Forward

Women and Education in 2020: A Look Back and a Leap Forward

Presenter: Alexandra Asbille, Communications Department 

The year 2020 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of women’s right to vote. The passage of the nineteenth amendment is arguably one of the most important milestones in women’s history, but even before women fought to cast a ballot, women had to fight for the right to an education. This session will explore women and education. A brief look at the past and the philosophical and ideological barriers that had to be overcome for women to gain access to education will help to set the stage for a look at the powerful trailblazers who lead the charge to allow women access to education at all levels. A discussion of the present state of education will help to shine a light on both the successes and remaining challenges for women and girls today.

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Promoting Student Engagement and Learning through Active Learning, Informal Assessment, and Timely Feedback

Promoting Student Engagement and Learning through Active Learning, Informal Assessment, and Timely Feedback

Presenter: Dustin Latta, Social Science Department 

The primary purpose of the session is to provide examples of how simple active learning strategies can be integrated to promote student engagement and a deeper understanding of course content. One strategy used to teach interdependent decision making will be demonstrated during the session. The session will also discuss the relevant literature that uses empirical evidence to support the use of active learning for introductory college courses. The session will conclude with ways to informally assess the effectiveness of the learning activity and strategies to provide timely feedback using technology.

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