CTE Winter Institute January 6 - 7, 2021

Do you want to keep your students motivated and engaged? Thinking about integrating self-care into your routine in a more purposeful way? Looking for a way to recharge and reinvigorate yourself? Reflecting about the past year and how to include more of your students' perspectives and identities into the decisions made in the classroom?

Join the CTE for our Winter Institute as we reflect on engagement in the online arena, looking at ways to integrate self-care and well-being during difficult times and explore practices to make our classrooms spaces where diversity, equity and inclusion are valued and practiced.

The Institute will take place on January 7th, with several pre-institute sessions focused on student success scheduled on January 6th.

Schedule Overview and Registration Links (scroll down for more details):

Student Success Workshops - January 6th:

Student Success: Understanding the Whole Student (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

This workshop discusses how to identify and support students with academic, social, and personal issues related to their status as first generation students and/or members of class, ethnically, nationally, gender and/or sexually diverse communities. Participants will explore various resources (on-campus and off) to best assist and address the strengths, needs, and challenges of our students.

Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the strengths, needs, and challenges of students from underrepresented populations,
  • Identify campus and community resources to address challenges and support students and their successful college matriculation,
  • Describe campus programs that support students from underrepresented populations, and
  • Discuss strategies to support academic success, student engagement, and college completion.

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Student Success: Building Rapport and Relationships with Students (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

This workshop is designed to assist participants in identifying and learning ways to improve understanding of and communications with our students. Participants will be equipped with tools extracted from Politeness Theory and the "Something's Up! Cycle" to navigate uncomfortable or challenging situations. This workshop will also help participants develop skills which encourage introspection and sensitivity to intercultural environments. Participants will reflect on the ways cultural values may impact understanding in a diverse classroom, office, or event setting.

Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand intercultural perspectives which impact learning,
  • Identify ways of communicating with diplomacy and tact with our student population,
  • Understand and identify supportive methods of fostering trust and empathy in the student-teacher/staff/mentor relationship, and
  • Discuss and identify effective strategies to promote productive, supportive interactions in intercultural environments.

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ProctorU: Online Proctoring (2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

ProctorU is an online test proctoring service, that integrates into our Brightspace environment for high-stakes testing. In this demo, ProctorU staff will demonstrate how the tool works and the various levels of security available to us.

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Winter Institute Workshops - January 7th:

Student Engagement in Online Spaces: Lessons Learned & Future Possibilities (9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

The past semester saw students working through a global pandemic, economic deterioration, social tension and a shift to online format. This has led to both students and faculty facing challenges they wouldn’t have been able to wrap their minds around previously.

This session will begin with a panel about best practices in the online space including consideration for online, hybrid and collaborative/group work. The panel will consist of GGC faculty members along with Christine Miller, CIO and VP of IT at GGC. We will have a space for Q&A from faculty to answer questions.

Following the panel, David Robinson will provide a brief overview of changes in our D2L system for the upcoming semester. Highlights will include: changes in Manage Grades, new Quiz Preview, students' ability to retake only incorrect questions in a Quiz, a new look in Assignment builder, and more.

Finally, Dr. Cathy McCrary and Lisa Pugsley will explore two demonstrations of leveraging technology to engage students in the online space.

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Faculty Self-Care & Well-Being in Times of Multiple Pandemics (11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Burnout and stress are nothing new to faculty. Multiple pandemics (COVID, racial tension, mental health issues) have amplified anxiety and exhaustion for all faculty alike. To help navigate these tenuous times, this session will hold space for faculty and offer self-care tools and techniques that can be used to enhance a sense of calmness and balance for the upcoming spring semester

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Practices for a Fair and Equitable Classroom (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Gwinnett County has been touted as one of the more diverse counties in the south and a snapshot of how the US will look by 2035. Gwinnett County Demographics (ga.gov.org)

With 936,250 people, Gwinnett County is the 2nd most populated county in the state of Georgia out of 159 counties. The largest Gwinnett County racial/ethnic groups are White (38.3%) followed by Black (26.5%) and Hispanic (20.9%). In 2018, the median household income of Gwinnett County residents was $67,769. However, 11.4% of Gwinnett County residents live in poverty. The median age for Gwinnett County residents is 35.1 years young.

How are these stats reflected in the classroom? When you think of your classroom, how are your student individuals’ perspectives and identities included in important decisions about curriculum, assignments, and engagement? How often are their voices silenced and others amplified? Is this a class room environment where the students feel like they can “show up” and be there authentic selves? Are differences valued, rather than merely tolerated?

This workshop will explore the classroom culture as it relates to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Like anything that requires regular practice, it can get messy but it is necessary not to give up and continue to working on it, in order to improve teaching that happens in the classroom space.

Participants will leave with strategies that improve listening to marginalized people in the classroom, increase the level of knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and create change starting in your classroom for a better experience for you and your students. Resources and teaching strategies will be shared with attendees. This event will serve as kickoff for additional programming throughout the spring semester.

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If you have any questions about the Winter Institute, please contact the CTE.


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