Academy News - May 15, 2019
The 2nd Annual Communities of Practice Share-ousel
As a departure from traditional reporting that typically includes paperwork and forms, the 2nd Annual Share-ousel on April 26 provided Communities of Practice with an opportunity to share their work in a format that allows for collaboration and celebration. The Share-ousel involves sharing posters in which CoPs summarize their goals, update their progress, and display artifacts from their work while also learning about the accomplishments of other CoPs by rotating around the displays in a timed gallery walk.

Take refuge to do your writing!
Has there been a writing project that you have been meaning to settle in and pound out, but just haven't actually gotten to yet? If so, then come join us at Writing Camp! Whether your project is to work on chapters in a book, a dissertation, a grant proposal, an article or review, a curriculum project, OER, or what-have-you, you can get it done! All you need is a solid block of time for sustained focus, in a supportive environment.

Don't miss your chance to participate in the new GEC: Carrying the (Cognitive) Load for Students.
Reminder: All faculty (full-time & adjunct) are eligible to register for GEC courses and all courses are funded by the Academy (no cost to faculty).

Pascuala Herrera has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Motorola Solutions Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest faculty honor at Harper.

Immigrants, undocumented students, and DACA students. We hear the terms, but what do they mean?

We're looking for presentations that highlight your progress, insights, innovations, and best practices in assessment for the 11th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair on Friday, September 27. Submit a presentation proposal by Friday, June 28.

Harper is now accepting pens, mechanical pencils, and markers for recycling! Collection containers are located in the Academy, Building F, Room F317 and the ReUseIt Room, Building D, Room D266b.
Student Learning Showcase
What amazing things did you learn about your students this year?!
You're always using information to learn about your students to make improvements. Make sure you take some time to think about what you learned this year and how you can incorporate that information into your classes next fall...and don't forget to share what you've learned with students, colleagues, and at the 11th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair!

The Faculty Lounge
Reflections on Student Success
Submitted by Jeremy Morris, English

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to join one of Harper's first Communities of Practice. Our CoP focused on creating a model of extended development in Reflective Teaching and Pedagogical Philosophy. It gave us the opportunity to reflect on what had shaped our own teaching strategies. This culminated into the realization that for many educators we are conditioned and shaped by our own previous teachers and mentors.
Thinking back, I reflected on the principles that my teachers had elicited and how these concepts had manifested into my own. I learned that there's a meeting place of encouragement and criticism that needs to happen in the classroom. This balance is very important as you must give enough encouragement for the student to continue through the complications of craft, and at the same time, criticize appropriately so that the student doesn't lean on bad writing techniques or cliches. A distilled version of this is what one of my teachers, Malena Morling calls an "appropriate response," which could be delineated as compassionate yet critical, encouraging feedback. It seems that quality learning starts with this "appropriate response."

What's Up with That: Things You May Be Wondering About on Campus
Counseling Services - Find Out What's New
Submitted by Student Development

Student Development is launching a brand new model for counseling support. You may have heard that Psych Services will be closing this summer (end of July), but you might not know that Student Development has been hard at work creating a brand new program of comprehensive counseling services to support students' career, educational, and personal/wellness needs.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops
June 3 - June 16 (GECs: 1)
this course is now full; registration open for Fall 2019

June 5 - July 15 (GECs: 3)
registration deadline: May 22

July 1 - July 14 (GECs: 1)
registration deadline: June 17
Faculty Photos
What's Happening @ Harper?
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