Academy News
     February 7, 2018
Do you have a lesson that needs a makeover?
Watch a lesson go through a makeover by Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist, using Robert Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction.

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growth mindset
Interested in strategies to improve students' abilities to overcome their stuggles? You might want to join this new CoP!
New Community of Practice: Enhancing Grit, Promoting Growth Mindset, and Developing Metacognition

The purpose of this CoP is to facilitate a discussion about enhancing student learning through the understanding of Grit, Growth Intelligence Mindset, and the use of metacognitive strategies. Members will discuss various ways in which these concepts can enhance student learning and will develop applicable strategies for use in the classroom. An understanding of related research will enhance participants' approach to teaching.

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Free Speech: The Debate
How do you support the seminal right to free speech when some voices express what you feel is hateful and harmful speech? College campuses across this nation are struggling to manage the challenges of creating an environment that allows us to respectfully hear all perspectives. Harper's award-winning Speech and Debate Team will tackle this intellectually and emotionally charged topic on Wednesday, February 28.

We invite you to join us and bring your classes to one of two sessions:
  • What: Harper College Speech and Debate Team's "Free Speech: The Debate"
  • Date: Wednesday, February 28
  • Times: 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. and repeated 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Amphitheater
RSVP requested by February 22 and is encouraged for faculty who may be bringing classes.

Professor Joshua Sunderbruch will moderate the debate that will also involve the audience.

Presented by the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Allyhood: Building Skills to Foster an Inclusive Work Environment
Join us as we explore our individual and collective privilege and learn how we can use our voice to create positive impacts. This workshop will begin with a brief overview of privilege and examine how privilege occurs across social group identities. You will also have the opportunity to discuss various case scenarios in small groups that focus on recognizing and learning ways to use our privilege to become more inclusive of others in the workplace.

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Do you know about the Job Placement Resource Center?
Please join us in our mission to help every Harper College student prepare for and find a job. Watch this quick video to learn how the Job Placement Resource Center (JPRC) can be of service to you and your students.

Let students know that the JPRC is here to help with resumes and cover letters, internships and co-ops, job searching, interviewing, finding a student aide job on campus, and more! We hear it from students all the time, "I wish I had known about your services sooner!" 
Volunteer for Community Day
Harper College is opening our doors to celebrate our 50th anniversary. On Community Day, we invite you and our community to experience, learn, reconnect, and realize all that Harper has to offer.

We need your help! Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for various positions such as: 
  • Check-in and welcome tables at events
  • Guides for walking tours
  • Greeters and wayfinding

All volunteers will receive training and a free 50th t-shirt.


Sign up for a shift.

Calling all faculty who seek to better prepare students for clinical, internship, or workplace experiences! We have a new CoP for you!
New Community of Practice: Practical Strategies to Prepare Students for Professional Experiences

The purpose of this CoP is to develop creative ways to elevate students' skills and readiness prior to clinical or internship experiences by developing scenarios, simulations, and hands-on demonstrations to enhance student learning through practice in a comfortable and supervised setting.

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4 connections
Making the 4 Connections in Your Classroom
Back by popular demand! To improve course dropout rates, Odessa College sought the common thread between courses with the greatest student success. They uncovered four simple practices that increase connection to students and promotes student success.

This workshop explores the "4 Connections" revealed in Odessa's research and explores practical methods and tools for applying them in your own classroom.

Four sessions to choose from:
  • Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Register Now

Take 5: Harper Quest
Like puzzles or photo challenges? Can you solve this riddle?

I am found in every building and am used daily on campus. What am I? (Clue: 2-1-20-8-18-15-15-13)

Check out the other challenges. Complete at least 2 of the 5 challenges for a chance to win a prize. Enter as a team or as an individual. Submissions are due by Wednesday, February 14.

Are you prepared to accommodate diverse learners in your classroom?
Pascuala Herrera and Debbie Reuter from ADS will present valuable information about understanding and serving our diverse student population in the upcoming Academy webinar, Accommodating Diverse Learners. In addition to a clear and concise discussion of ADA requirements, acceptable and unacceptable language, Universal Design for Learning, and more, Pascuala and Debbie will be available for a Q&A session to answer your questions about accommodating diverse learners in your classroom.

Register today to attend in person or to be on the list to receive the recording.

Become an online peer reviewer!
Participate in the two-week, online workshop - Enhancing Distance Course Design Using the OSCQR Rubric - to become an official, Harper, peer reviewer. The course starts on Monday, February 19.

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Spring 2018 GECs
Registration deadlines are approaching quickly so register online now to secure your spot for a Spring 2018 Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC):
GECs are offered at no-cost and are open to all full-time and adjunct faculty. 
The Faculty Lounge
A New Focus on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in Higher Education
Written by Andrew Anastasia, Assistant Professor, English
Every night, it seemed, I came home with a new and troubling story from a student experiencing hardships. More and more, I noticed, students used my office hours not to discuss comma splices, but to share personal troubles-significant ones, like wrestling with abuse and trauma. I can recall two stories in particular: one from a student who came in to discuss her writing and ended up discussing how she no longer had access to her meds when she was removed from her parents' health insurance and another from a student who recalled the time she was pushed in front of a bus because she is Muslim. Increasingly, I find that classroom conversations suddenly shift to discussing poor course performance and students' struggles to manage the pressures of work, family life, caretaking, chronic illnesses, or mental health issues. When I shared these experiences with colleagues, I found I was not alone. Several others had also observed an uptick in student stress, anxiety, and extreme barriers to learning.

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Faculty Retreat: Trivia & Talent
The Faculty Retreat includes two fun programs on Friday evening:
  • Trivia: "Educated Guesses"
  • Talent: "Faculty's Faculties"
Have you signed up yet? If we have to, the Academy will fill in with a synchronized swimming routine, but that's only a backup plan. 
Maham Khan
Faculty Retreat: Meet One of Our Presenters, Maham Khan
Maham Khan teaches Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Introduction to Mass Communications, and Introduction to Journalism, and has been involved with Harper College since her days as an involved student serving as president of the Honors Society, captain of the Speech Team, and president of the Muslim Student Association. In the immediate wake of 9/11, Khan became a leader and interfaith activist on campus, working with student groups, faculty, and administration to help engage community dialogue and increase religious literacy.

Student Learning Showcase
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CATs to the Rescue!
Do you ever wonder if your students are learning the material that was covered in class? Are some students giving you confused looks or blank stares? CATs to the rescue!

CATs, or Classroom Assessment Techniques, measure what students are learning in the midst of the teaching and learning process and provide feedback that you can use to guide improvements in class. CATs are formative assessments used to gather ongoing feedback to help improve student learning. CATs can help:
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work.
  • Recognize where students are struggling and quickly address problems.

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Upcoming Programs & Workshops
Accommodating Diverse Learners (webinar)
Tuesday, February 13, 12 p.m.

Deconstructing Gender

Friday, February 16, 12 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 2:30 p.m.

Enhancing Distance Course Design Using the OSCQR Rubric (online workshop)
Starts Monday, February 19

Constructing Curriculum: Critical Pedagogy & Social Justice in the Classroom (GEC)
Starts Wednesday, February 21 (Registration Deadline:  2/7)

Introduction to Theories of Pedagogy
Starts Thursday, March 1 (Registration Deadline: 2/15) 

50th Anniversary Faculty Retreat
Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17 
Faculty Photos
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What's Happening @ Harper?
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Save the Date
Monday, March 12: 50 Years of Harper's History in Diversity & Inclusion
Saturday, May 19:
Academy for Teaching Excellence | 847.925.6174 | Building D, Room D281
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The mission of the Academy for Teaching Excellence is to create a vibrant teaching and learning culture for full-time and adjunct faculty that cultivates professional development in support of student success.
 Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
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