Community colleges nationwide are experiencing increased enrollment of African American and Latino students. At the same time, these students graduate and transfer at significantly lower rates than their White counterparts. This disparity points to a need to teach and reach marginalized populations more effectively. This webinar elaborates on five ways educators can use restorative and culturally responsive teaching practices to reduce opportunity gaps for Black and Brown students.
Our traditional systems of grading tend to reward behavior rather than knowledge, to be demotivating, and to demand that instructors perform endless workarounds to improve student outcomes. In this webinar, the presenters introduce an approach to grading that aims to equitably assess student learning and motivate student persistence. Presenters share details on grading strategies, preliminary results, and learning from implementation. They also provide a sample alternative assessment tool.
This webinar is aimed at understanding the issues that students face in a peri-post pandemic period. The facilitator works toward laying down a foundation of terms and topics aimed at assisting educators at all levels to create a welcoming and safe classroom for students to help promote attendance, learning, and self-awareness. Attendees are asked to provide their own experiences to assist the presenter in providing relevant information. The presenter provides a list of ways in which the attendees can create a safe space and where or how they can intervene in difficult situations.
In the summer of 2020, we investigated what our two-year colleagues had done to cope with the stress of teaching during the pandemic. We followed up with our colleagues this past fall to investigate their ongoing experience. This webinar presents what was learned and offers recommendations for navigating what lies ahead, including specific skills to help cope with the stress of professional roles at community and technical colleges.
The contemporary challenges community college leaders face are increasingly complex and must be addressed with a new approach to leadership. Adaptive challenges, such as the impact of COVID-19, changing student population demographics, local economic and political challenges, and unique and complex personnel issues, do not have easy solutions. They require an adaptive leader equipped with a unique set of strategies, including: Engaging in critical self-reflection; tailoring communication to the situation and audience; dissociating from the problem; analyzing the issue by listening to diverse perspectives; managing emotional responses with sensitivity; empowering those who are change-averse; and challenging assumptions with data. This webinar is especially relevant to community college leaders and aspiring leaders, but all who are interested are welcome to attend.
This webinar provides tools and techniques for communicating with students in digital environments. The presenters explore how to understand your students’ communication needs, the use of messages to facilitate supportive contact, essential communication tools, and how to make a distance relationship successful. The importance of tone and verbiage in emails; using real time communication aids (Zoom, FaceTime, etc.); communicating in a timely fashion; accuracy in instructional messages; respecting the student’s individuality; and using multiple communication tools to interact with students and present material are also considered. The focus of the webinar is on helping instructors facilitate meaningful connections with students using both verbal and written communication.
This webinar provides individuals with a wide range of strategies and techniques to help promote student engagement in the classroom and online. Strategies include ideas for relationship-building, personalization of learning, content connections, and technology integration. Presenters share personal experiences and success stories from their combined 35+ years of teaching at-risk, low-performing, and unmotivated students at the K-12 and collegiate levels. Individuals leave the webinar with multiple tools to add to their student-engagement toolkit that can immediately be applied in the classroom. This session is applicable to teachers and instructors at all levels and of all content areas.
Incorporating an experience points system into classrooms provides an opportunity for students to analyze their behaviors in ways that are specific to their current learning experiences. For educators, it alleviates some of the challenges involved in classroom management and the question of whether classroom management practices (such as attendance, participation, or late work) can or should impact students' grades in a course. In this webinar, participants explore the experience point approach to classroom management and discuss its benefits and challenges. Finally, participants are provided with three template activities to get started with the experience point approach to classroom management.