June 2021

 

28. June 2021

 

Happy holiday week, everyone! 

Here in CELT we are starting the second week of our Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute, talking about strategies for assessment and engagement that reflect inclusive best practices.

Coming up next week is a chance to gather with colleagues and discuss another requested topic - how to handle tense moments in the classroom. Storm Bailey will be leading a three week reading group -- working through Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice by Mary E. Kite, Kim A. Case, and Wendy R. Williams. Don't let the title fool you -- this book isn't just for professors for whom social justice is a disciplinary content topic -- it is for all of us who want to get better at handling classroom discussions in a polarized time.

The group will meet at Pulpit Rock Brewing on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm.

Please sign up here by this Thursday, so we can make sure we have enough books for everyone. Grab a beer or a coffee from The Landing and join your colleagues!

That's it for now. Cheers!

 

Kate

 

21. June 2021

 

Good morning!

 

I'm excited for the upcoming two weeks of workshops, presentations, and social gatherings with CELT. Here is what we have in store for you all this week and next -- keynote address with Dr. Tracie Addy, Round 1 of the Course Redesign Institute, and a Wednesday social hour on Valders Terrace.

What Inclusive Educators Do - Dr. Tracie Addy (Monday, 3pm) 

Today we will welcome Dr. Tracie Addy, national expert on Inclusive teaching. Her presentation is today at 3 pm. Please register here for the Zoom link.

Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute (Tuesday, June 22- Wednesday June 30)

We will meet at 9:30 or 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 22, Thursday June 24, Monday, June 28, and Wednesday, June 30. We will hold optional office hours on the non-meeting days.

Note: If you cannot attend the Tuesday sessions because of ROADS, there will be asynchronous work available for you.

This course redesign institute will use Dr. Addy's new book as a roadmap to redesign an existing class with an eye towards Inclusive Excellence.

Participants will receive a $100 stipend for attending the Institute, and an additional $100 if they attend a late July or August follow up session. All participants will also receive a copy of

What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching by Tracie Addy, Derek Dube, Khadijah Mitchell, and Mallory SoRelle

 

Social Hour - Hosted by Preus Library

Do you miss seeing the faces of your friends and colleagues? Do you like snacks and sunshine? What do you have going on at 3 pm on Wednesday?

CELT has scheduled a series of non-programmed social hours on the Valders Terrace this summer. Each of these will be hosted by a different campus office or department.  Cheers to the Library folks for kicking us off!

These are simply a chance to see friends and colleagues and have a bit of conversation after a very, very long year. Pop by anytime from 3 to 4 pm. We will have snacks and sodas.

This is an in-person event -- please continue to follow COVID guidelines, including masking and physical distancing.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Kate

 

14. June 2021

 

Good morning!

 

Happy Monday everyone. I have a few time-sensitive event reminders and then details on our Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute -- Round One, launching next Monday.

CELT Events and Workshops for this week. 

SOCIAL HOUR - Making the transition to retirement.

If you are recently retired, soon-to-be retired, or thinking about an upcoming retirement, join Ruth Caldwell and John Moeller to talk more about this career shift. We will meet IN PERSON on the Valders Terrace. Drinks and snacks are provided. No need to register, just pop by!

 

CONVERSATION - Teaching Critical Race Studies (WEDNESDAY, June 16 @ 9:30 am) 

If you've been paying attention, you'll know that the national conversation surrounding Critical Race Theory is an ever-changing beast. We have set aside some time on Wednesday for those faculty who teach in this area to air frustrations, to talk strategy and to find support.

 

Inclusive Excellence - Course Redesign Institute 

We are so excited to announce our second annual Course Redesign Institute, launching on Monday, June 21st with a keynote address by

Dr. Tracie Addy, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at Lafayette College.  As a national expert on inclusive excellence in higher education, she will be talking a bit more about what Inclusive Excellence is and what Inclusive Instructors Do . This keynote address is open to all faculty. I can't speak highly enough of Tracie. She's dynamic, passionate, data-driven and simply just amazing.

Starting Tuesday, June 22, we'll be using Dr. Addy's new book as a roadmap for a two week course redesign institute. There will be two sessions running co-currently (9:30 to 11:00 am) and (1:00 to 2:30 pm). T

The basic structure of the institute will be as follows:

Week One

  • Monday, June 21 3 pm - Keynote Address from Dr. Tracie Addy
  • Tuesday, June 22 Conceptualizing Syllabi of Inclusive Instructure and The Use of Principles of Inclusive Course Design (9:30 and 1:00) 
  • Wednesday, June 23 -- optional check in office hours 
  • Thursday, June 24 - Inclusive Instructors Promote Student Engagement (9:30 and 1:00) 
  • Friday, June 25 - optional check in office hours

Week Two 

  • Monday, June 28 Inclusive Instructors Give Students Tools for Success (9:30 and 1:00) 
  • Tuesday, June 29 - optional check in office hours 
  • Wednesday, June 30 - Closing the Loop -- What remains to be done. 

Faculty who complete the institute will receive a copy of What Inclusive Instructors Do, and a $100 stipend. Those who participate in a follow up workshop where they workshop their redesigned course in July or August will receive an additional $100. 

We'll repeat the Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute in late July. I hope you can join us and continue our important work making equitable and excellent classrooms for all of our students.

 

Please direct any questions my way. Cheers!

 

Kate

 

2. June 2021

 

Good beautiful afternoon!

In today's CELT Notes, you will find links and descriptions for the next weeks' workshop series, a notice about Round 3 of Me and White Supremacy, and a short reading.

 

CELT Workshops

Here is what is upcoming in CELT. Each workshop has an individual sign up link. All workshops can be found here. 

Creating a Gender-Inclusive Classroom

Monday, June 7 @ 1 pm

Join Holly Moore (IDS and Philosophy) in a conversation about creating an inclusive classroom environment. This workshop focuses on the basic tools for gender-inclusivity: from an overview of various gender identities to specific ideas for using gender-inclusive language and vocabulary in your classes. Participants will be asked to submit their interests in advance to guide the workshop content. 

Register here.

 

Adopting Team Based Learning 

Wednesday June 9 and Thursday June 10 9:30 to 11 am

Interested in Team Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy and possibly implementing it in one of your courses? Does your major have a learning outcome that involves teamwork or collaborative learning and you are looking for ways to assess this outcome? Want to lecture less and facilitate application more? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then adopting TBL might be right for you. Brittany Cord (Accounting, Economics, and Management) will lead this two-day workshop. Day one will be devoted to theory and practice of TBL. Participants will apply that theory to their own classes during Day 2.

Register here.

 

Why Haven't I Felt Like Myself? A Strengths Perspective 

Thursday June 10 @ 1 pm.

Using the StrengthsFinder Assessment, we will discuss why the pandemic hit us all differently. This conversation will be hosted by Miriam Skrade, Assistant Director of the Career Center.The very strengths that lead you to your profession, academic area of study, and work/life balance have undergone burnout and substantial reshaping. Many have had to depend on lesser strengths (our bottom ⅓) to manage all the changes and demands. We will honor and recognize those strengths as part of our healing and then turn to rediscovering and rejuvenating our top strengths to restore productivity, hope, engagement, and joy. Here’s a strengths for faculty intro video.

Register here.

 

Unpacking your Strengths - Who are you in the Classroom?

Monday, June 14 @ 9:30 am  and Thursday, June 17 @ 9:30 am

One way to cultivate your identity as a professor in front of a class, is to lean into your strengths as a person. This workshop will present a strength based introduction to you as a professor. Some call it a teaching philosophy, a personal mission, an approach/style, or their ‘secret sauce’...“You just have to experience it to understand it.”. Let’s have fun putting to words what you already know about yourself. The better you understand yourself, the more your strengths will shine through, and the more successful your students will be in your classroom. Just like you want your students to bring their full selves to the classroom, your students want that for you! Come get excited about the ways you teach and lead with your strengths! Here’s a strengths for faculty intro video.

Monday June 14 will be a presentation with practical application on Thursday, June 17. This conversation will be hosted by Miriam Skrade, Assistant Director of the Career Center

Register here.

 

Grading and Assessment of Student Writing 

Monday, June 14 @ 1 pm and Thursday, June 17 @ 1 pm

Join Mike Garcia (Writing Director, Paideia, English) in a two-day practical workshop on how to assess and grade student writing more quickly, more effectively, and with greater attention to student learning.

Register here.

 

The Trauma Informed Classroom 

Monday, June 14 @ 1 pm

A recent Inside Higher Ed article asked "In the midst of this pandemic, is it feasible to expect that our students can learn?" Trauma informed pedagogy gives us one tool to help answer that question even as we are moving towards a new normal.

Join Britt Rhodes (Social Work) for a workshop on Trauma Informed Pedagogy as we discuss the principles of Trauma Informed Pedagogy and brainstorm how we might integrate them in our teaching to support students in these trying times and into the future.

Register here.

 

Teaching with Critical Race Studies 

Wednesday, June 16 @ 9:30 am

Join faculty colleagues in a conversation to share resources, approaches, strategies, and plans for teaching Critical Race Studies. As a recent New York Times article asserts, CRT has been recently misinterpreted as a form of indoctrination in today's culture wars. Several high-profile higher education controversies suggest that faculty who engage in this important work would benefit from a conversation.

Register here.

 

Round Three - Layla Saad's Me and White Supremacy Working Groups

Starting the week of June 14, we will be starting our next round of faculty and staffMe and White Supremacy working groups. 

Faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate in a 5-week working group engaged in self-reflective action in order to "understand their white privilege and their participation in white supremacy so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on People of Color and, in turn, help other white people do better too".

These working groups will begin the week of June 14 and conclude the week of July 12. We will meet weekly in small groups for one hour. Those times and days will be determined based on participant schedules.

 

Teaching After the Pandemic: What Innovations are Worth Keeping?

The April 2021 Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter was centered on pandemic teaching -- what to keep and what to throw out. Here is a bullet list of innovations that faculty across the country thought they might keep in a new normal.

  • Flexibility with due dates and grading. Some professors realized that "being flexible, such as with deadlines, is not the same as giving students a pass. Rather, it's a sign of trust that students want to do their best but can't always meet a particular schedule." 
  • Taking time to make connections. Some faculty built in conversation time to help make personal connections in the online or socially distant classroom. "One unanticipated benefit was that it helped them better understand the competing pressures in their students' lives. Combined, these strategies led professors to see the link between engagement and learning." 
  • Online tutoring and other student-support services. "Several readers noted that when you make it easier for people to connect, it turns out more are willing to do so." 
  • Virtual workshops. Turns out faculty like having meetings and workshops online too -- to an extent. 
  • Online guest speakers. "Professors have discovered how much easier it is to invite guests to class when it is handled remotely." I agree, this is an absolute keeper. 

 Have other ideas to share with your Luther colleagues? Shoot us an email!

That's it for now -- hope you all are enjoying some rest.

 

 

28. June 2021

 

Happy holiday week, everyone!

 

Here in CELT we are starting the second week of our Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute, talking about strategies for assessment and engagement that reflect inclusive best practices.

Coming up next week is a chance to gather with colleagues and discuss another requested topic - how to handle tense moments in the classroom. Storm Bailey will be leading a three week reading group -- working through Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice by Mary E. Kite, Kim A. Case, and Wendy R. Williams. Don't let the title fool you -- this book isn't just for professors for whom social justice is a disciplinary content topic -- it is for all of us who want to get better at handling classroom discussions in a polarized time.

The group will meet at Pulpit Rock Brewing on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm.

Please sign up here by this Thursday, so we can make sure we have enough books for everyone. Grab a beer or a coffee from The Landing and join your colleagues!

That's it for now. Cheers!

 

Kate

 

 

21. June 2021

 

Good morning!

 

I'm excited for the upcoming two weeks of workshops, presentations, and social gatherings with CELT. Here is what we have in store for you all this week and next -- keynote address with Dr. Tracie Addy, Round 1 of the Course Redesign Institute, and a Wednesday social hour on Valders Terrace.

 

What Inclusive Educators Do - Dr. Tracie Addy (Monday, 3pm) 

Today we will welcome Dr. Tracie Addy, national expert on Inclusive teaching. Her presentation is today at 3 pm. Please register here for the Zoom link.

 

Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute (Tuesday, June 22- Wednesday June 30)

We will meet at 9:30 or 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 22, Thursday June 24, Monday, June 28, and Wednesday, June 30. We will hold optional office hours on the non-meeting days.

Note: If you cannot attend the Tuesday sessions because of ROADS, there will be asynchronous work available for you.

This course redesign institute will use Dr. Addy's new book as a roadmap to redesign an existing class with an eye towards Inclusive Excellence.

Participants will receive a $100 stipend for attending the Institute, and an additional $100 if they attend a late July or August follow up session. All participants will also receive a copy of

What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching by Tracie Addy, Derek Dube, Khadijah Mitchell, and Mallory SoRelle

 

Social Hour - Hosted by Preus Library

Do you miss seeing the faces of your friends and colleagues? Do you like snacks and sunshine? What do you have going on at 3 pm on Wednesday?

CELT has scheduled a series of non-programmed social hours on the Valders Terrace this summer. Each of these will be hosted by a different campus office or department.  Cheers to the Library folks for kicking us off!

These are simply a chance to see friends and colleagues and have a bit of conversation after a very, very long year. Pop by anytime from 3 to 4 pm. We will have snacks and sodas.

This is an in-person event -- please continue to follow COVID guidelines, including masking and physical distancing.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

 

Kate

 

14. June 2021

 

Good morning!

 

Happy Monday everyone. I have a few time-sensitive event reminders and then details on our Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute -- Round One, launching next Monday.

CELT Events and Workshops for this week. 

SOCIAL HOUR - Making the transition to retirement.

If you are recently retired, soon-to-be retired, or thinking about an upcoming retirement, join Ruth Caldwell and John Moeller to talk more about this career shift. We will meet IN PERSON on the Valders Terrace. Drinks and snacks are provided. No need to register, just pop by!

 

CONVERSATION - Teaching Critical Race Studies (WEDNESDAY, June 16 @ 9:30 am) 

If you've been paying attention, you'll know that the national conversation surrounding Critical Race Theory is an ever-changing beast. We have set aside some time on Wednesday for those faculty who teach in this area to air frustrations, to talk strategy and to find support.

 

Inclusive Excellence - Course Redesign Institute 

We are so excited to announce our second annual Course Redesign Institute, launching on Monday, June 21st with a keynote address by

Dr. Tracie Addy, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at Lafayette College.  As a national expert on inclusive excellence in higher education, she will be talking a bit more about what Inclusive Excellence is and what Inclusive Instructors Do . This keynote address is open to all faculty. I can't speak highly enough of Tracie. She's dynamic, passionate, data-driven and simply just amazing.

Starting Tuesday, June 22, we'll be using Dr. Addy's new book as a roadmap for a two week course redesign institute. There will be two sessions running co-currently (9:30 to 11:00 am) and (1:00 to 2:30 pm). T

The basic structure of the institute will be as follows:

Week One

  • Monday, June 21 3 pm - Keynote Address from Dr. Tracie Addy
  • Tuesday, June 22 Conceptualizing Syllabi of Inclusive Instructure and The Use of Principles of Inclusive Course Design (9:30 and 1:00) 
  • Wednesday, June 23 -- optional check in office hours 
  • Thursday, June 24 - Inclusive Instructors Promote Student Engagement (9:30 and 1:00) 
  • Friday, June 25 - optional check in office hours

Week Two 

  • Monday, June 28 Inclusive Instructors Give Students Tools for Success (9:30 and 1:00) 
  • Tuesday, June 29 - optional check in office hours 
  • Wednesday, June 30 - Closing the Loop -- What remains to be done. 

Faculty who complete the institute will receive a copy of What Inclusive Instructors Do, and a $100 stipend. Those who participate in a follow up workshop where they workshop their redesigned course in July or August will receive an additional $100. 

We'll repeat the Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute in late July. I hope you can join us and continue our important work making equitable and excellent classrooms for all of our students.

Please direct any questions my way. Cheers!

 

Kate

 

 

2. June 2021

 

Good beautiful afternoon!

 

In today's CELT Notes, you will find links and descriptions for the next weeks' workshop series, a notice about Round 3 of Me and White Supremacy, and a short reading.

CELT Workshops

Here is what is upcoming in CELT. Each workshop has an individual sign up link. All workshops can be found here.

 

Creating a Gender-Inclusive Classroom

Monday, June 7 @ 1 pm

Join Holly Moore (IDS and Philosophy) in a conversation about creating an inclusive classroom environment. This workshop focuses on the basic tools for gender-inclusivity: from an overview of various gender identities to specific ideas for using gender-inclusive language and vocabulary in your classes. Participants will be asked to submit their interests in advance to guide the workshop content. 

Register here.

 

Adopting Team Based Learning 

Wednesday June 9 and Thursday June 10 9:30 to 11 am

Interested in Team Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy and possibly implementing it in one of your courses? Does your major have a learning outcome that involves teamwork or collaborative learning and you are looking for ways to assess this outcome? Want to lecture less and facilitate application more? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then adopting TBL might be right for you. Brittany Cord (Accounting, Economics, and Management) will lead this two-day workshop. Day one will be devoted to theory and practice of TBL. Participants will apply that theory to their own classes during Day 2.

Register here.

 

Why Haven't I Felt Like Myself? A Strengths Perspective 

Thursday June 10 @ 1 pm.

Using the StrengthsFinder Assessment, we will discuss why the pandemic hit us all differently. This conversation will be hosted by Miriam Skrade, Assistant Director of the Career Center.The very strengths that lead you to your profession, academic area of study, and work/life balance have undergone burnout and substantial reshaping. Many have had to depend on lesser strengths (our bottom ⅓) to manage all the changes and demands. We will honor and recognize those strengths as part of our healing and then turn to rediscovering and rejuvenating our top strengths to restore productivity, hope, engagement, and joy. Here’s a strengths for faculty intro video.

Register here.

 

Unpacking your Strengths - Who are you in the Classroom?

Monday, June 14 @ 9:30 am  and Thursday, June 17 @ 9:30 am

One way to cultivate your identity as a professor in front of a class, is to lean into your strengths as a person. This workshop will present a strength based introduction to you as a professor. Some call it a teaching philosophy, a personal mission, an approach/style, or their ‘secret sauce’...“You just have to experience it to understand it.”. Let’s have fun putting to words what you already know about yourself. The better you understand yourself, the more your strengths will shine through, and the more successful your students will be in your classroom. Just like you want your students to bring their full selves to the classroom, your students want that for you! Come get excited about the ways you teach and lead with your strengths! Here’s a strengths for faculty intro video.

Monday June 14 will be a presentation with practical application on Thursday, June 17. This conversation will be hosted by Miriam Skrade, Assistant Director of the Career Center

Register here.

 

Grading and Assessment of Student Writing 

Monday, June 14 @ 1 pm and Thursday, June 17 @ 1 pm

Join Mike Garcia (Writing Director, Paideia, English) in a two-day practical workshop on how to assess and grade student writing more quickly, more effectively, and with greater attention to student learning.

Register here.

 

The Trauma Informed Classroom 

Monday, June 14 @ 1 pm

A recent Inside Higher Ed article asked "In the midst of this pandemic, is it feasible to expect that our students can learn?" Trauma informed pedagogy gives us one tool to help answer that question even as we are moving towards a new normal.

Join Britt Rhodes (Social Work) for a workshop on Trauma Informed Pedagogy as we discuss the principles of Trauma Informed Pedagogy and brainstorm how we might integrate them in our teaching to support students in these trying times and into the future.

Register here.

 

Teaching with Critical Race Studies 

Wednesday, June 16 @ 9:30 am

Join faculty colleagues in a conversation to share resources, approaches, strategies, and plans for teaching Critical Race Studies. As a recent New York Times article asserts, CRT has been recently misinterpreted as a form of indoctrination in today's culture wars. Several high-profile higher education controversies suggest that faculty who engage in this important work would benefit from a conversation.

Register here.

 

Round Three - Layla Saad's Me and White Supremacy Working Groups

Starting the week of June 14, we will be starting our next round of faculty and staffMe and White Supremacy working groups. 

Faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate in a 5-week working group engaged in self-reflective action in order to "understand their white privilege and their participation in white supremacy so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on People of Color and, in turn, help other white people do better too".

These working groups will begin the week of June 14 and conclude the week of July 12. We will meet weekly in small groups for one hour. Those times and days will be determined based on participant schedules.

 

Teaching After the Pandemic: What Innovations are Worth Keeping?

The April 2021 Chronicle of Higher Education Teaching Newsletter was centered on pandemic teaching -- what to keep and what to throw out. Here is a bullet list of innovations that faculty across the country thought they might keep in a new normal.

  • Flexibility with due dates and grading. Some professors realized that "being flexible, such as with deadlines, is not the same as giving students a pass. Rather, it's a sign of trust that students want to do their best but can't always meet a particular schedule." 
  • Taking time to make connections. Some faculty built in conversation time to help make personal connections in the online or socially distant classroom. "One unanticipated benefit was that it helped them better understand the competing pressures in their students' lives. Combined, these strategies led professors to see the link between engagement and learning." 
  • Online tutoring and other student-support services. "Several readers noted that when you make it easier for people to connect, it turns out more are willing to do so." 
  • Virtual workshops. Turns out faculty like having meetings and workshops online too -- to an extent. 
  • Online guest speakers. "Professors have discovered how much easier it is to invite guests to class when it is handled remotely." I agree, this is an absolute keeper. 

 Have other ideas to share with your Luther colleagues? Shoot us an email!

That's it for now -- hope you all are enjoying some rest.