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Professional Development Events

Deliberative Pedagogy   Lunch and Learn 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Haverhill Campus, Center for Professional Development, Spurk C-204 
Join Susan Redditt to learn about deliberative pedagogy, a process used in higher education to start difficult conversations. We will explore the questions, “how can staff and faculty use deliberative processes to have conversations about challenging issues?" and “how can we engage in meaningful dialogue about public challenges with meaningful results?” Join us to brainstorm issues for critical discussion at NECC. 

Let's Talk Tutoring Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Lawrence Campus, L-244
Join Jennifer Levesque and Tutoring staff to learn about what tutoring can offer students and to discuss how we can all work together to support student success.

The Teaching Test Kitchen
Tech Talks
A Tech Talk is an exploration of current and emerging tech trends in a low-stress, positive environment - a “sandbox” approach to learning about new technologies.

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Improving the Course Syllabus with Universal Design for Learning
Join us for a virtual workshop on incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into your course syllabus. UDL has the potential to increase access and engagement among your students, and the gateway to enable this is through your syllabus. Join us live through the online platform Zoom for this informative session. More information will be available about Zoom after registration.  

Friday, January 24, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet online through Zoom 

Digital Literacy, the Post-Truth Landscape, and Civic Online Reasoning
Every day we ask our students to find information on any number of topics. Every day we Google information in our own lives. But particularly online it is becoming more and more difficult to determine fact from misinformation, news from slant, expertise from opinion. Librarian Jenny Fielding will discuss strategies for engaging with digital information with a fact-checking mindset that has become more ever more urgent as technology impacts our communities, our privacy, and our democracy.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
12:30-1:25 PM
Haverhill Campus, C-208

Call for nominations for the
2nd annual Social Justice Award
Do you know a colleague or a group of colleagues who promote equity, diversity, social justice and/or the advancement of human rights in their work at the college? 

Nominations for the Social Justice Award are currently being accepted. The award is given out at Commencement by President Lane Glenn.

Individuals or groups who meet one or more of the following criteria are considered eligible for the award:
  • Displays commitment to equity and diversity, including race, ethnicity, religion, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation and other areas of inclusion in the campus community.
  • Incorporates diverse values and perspectives in the classroom, curriculum, or co-curricular activities.
  • Advocates for change designed to improve the learning and working environments for individuals from underrepresented communities.
  • Promotes the advancement of human rights and social justice through involvement on campus and/or the external community.

Nomination Forms are due by March 1, 2020.

Please contact Janel D’Agata-Lynch or Kim Burns with questions.
Join the 2020 Election Teach-In!
As many of you remember, NECC did a teach-in in during the 2016 and 2018 elections. The teach-in was a combination of campus wide events (who can forget the Mock Presidential Debate amongst faculty?), faculty bringing the election into the classroom, voter registration, and more.

How would you like to participate this spring and fall in the 2020 Election Teach-In?  This is wide open for creativity! From lesson plans for classes to campus wide events to club activities, we hope to engage our campus community to increase knowledge and participation in the fall elections. If you are interested in participating, please fill out our form ASAP! We will be in touch shortly to discuss your idea and to move ahead. Thank you for your dedication to your students’ civic learning and engagement! For more information, contact Janel D'Agata-Lynch.

Fika Friday
Join us!
Join us to unwind and gather with your colleagues
Friday, April 10, 2020
Haverhill Campus, C-204
Center for Professional Development
Fall 2019
Teaching & Learning Academy

The Fall 2019 Teaching and Learning Academy meetings were filled with good conversations, laughter, and camaraderie as we discussed Parker Palmer’s Courage to Teach. Topics ranged from spirituality in teaching to pedagogical approaches to vulnerability in the classroom. It was uplifting and a wonderful reminder of how much there is to learn from one another.

Pictured above Pamela Hallock, Cathy Golas, Mike Cross, George Medelinskas, Elsie Jean Michel, Veronica Harris, Dermot Luddy, Bill Zannini

NECC & UMass Lowell Chemistry Partnership a Success!

NECC General Chemistry students performed experiments in the UMass Lowell Chemistry Labs as part of their CHM 121 curriculum under a new pilot program between NECC and UMass Lowell Chemistry Departments. This pilot program began as a NECC Leadership Academy project by Adjunct Faculty Pamela Hallock in collaboration with UMass Lowell Professors Leslie Farris and Kevin Hartman and the UML Chemistry Department Chair Dave Ryan. 
students in chemistry lab
Professional Development Funds

Are you interested in attending a conference in your discipline? Is there a workshop on student success strategies you want to attend?

Funds are available to assist faculty and staff with the cost of attending conferences to engage in scholarly exchange.

Spring 2020 application deadlines:
  • January 27, 2020
  • April 6, 2020

Are you taking a credit course to earn a degree? Apply for reimbursement for up to $100 for books.
Conferences & Webinars

39th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience
February 21-24, 2020
Washington DC

31st Annual Teaching Academic Survival and Success (TASS) Conference
March 29-April 1, 2020
Fort Lauderdale FL
This is a conference for the serious practitioner who is passionate about helping all students, especially those who are underprepared or underrepresented, to survive and thrive in college and beyond.  

Call for proposals!
Massachusetts Community College Teaching, Learning & Student Development Conference (TLSD)
Equity Through Innovation: Ensuring Success for All Students
Hosted by Roxbury Community College
Friday, April 3, 2020

The TLSD planning committee is now accepting presentation proposals. The proposal submission deadline is is 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Save the date!
4th Annual Northeast OER Summit
May 28 & 29, 2020
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Save the date!
New England Faculty Development Consortium 2020 Conference
Students as Partners in Learning Design
Friday, June 5, 2020
Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA

Join us at NEFCD's annual spring conference. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alison Cook-Sather, who is the Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education and Director of the Peace, Conflict and Social Justice Studies concentration at Bryn Mawr College and Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. Dr. Cook-Sather will share her important work on how student-faculty and student-staff pedagogical partnerships can support both student and faculty learning. These partnerships can be a forum for designing and redesigning classroom learning where students and faculty partners bring their different perspectives to bear on how to develop engaging, equitable, and inclusive learning opportunities for students.

August 3-6, 2020
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Workshop Applications are due March 1, 2020

The Global Studies Outreach Committee at Harvard University is now accepting applications for our 2020 summer workshop for K-14 educators.It is intended for middle, high school and community college educators, primarily focusing on those that teach humanities and social sciences but open to teachers of all subjects. 

The workshop will feature presentations by scholars and experts on global questions that surround the intersection of climate and conflict. Participating educators will have the opportunity to wrestle with these questions as a learning community and explore ways to bring these questions, conversations and newly shared resources into their classrooms.  

The cost of participating in the workshop is $75. Breakfast and lunch are served daily during the workshop. Limited funds for travel reimbursement are available to educators who reside outside of the state of Massachusetts.

Workshop Applications are due March 1, 2020. For more information on the workshop, including the workshop application, please visit our website.
The Center for Professional Development welcomes requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests (i.e. Computer Aided Real Time (CART), food allergies, etc.), including attending events remotely via video conference. 

Please contact the event organizer for requests, questions and information.