Sinclair Community College faculty have a variety of professional development opportunities sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and Learning Technology Support. The Forum, (pictured here) located in Building 14, Room 14-130, is one of the rooms used for professional development sessions and events.
Workshops - Workshops are developed and facilitated by faculty and staff for faculty to address the most pertinent classroom concerns and current scholarship on teaching and learning. Workshops can be one, two, three or six hours. We appreciate your time and willingness to participate in professional development offerings and hope you find all the workshops useful. Some workshops have prerequisites and some have pre-workshop assignments, so please read the course descriptions carefully to understand requirements, expectations and outcomes. Other workshops may ask you to bring course material from your classes to the workshop (e.g. assignments, modules, tests, or syllabi).
Conferences - Since inception, the Center for Teaching and Learning has offered a conference each term featuring renowned experts in teaching and learning. In past years, we have been fortunate to host Barbara Millis, Tom Angelo, Craig Nelson, Stephen Brookfield, Ken Bain and others. These experts have shared best practices and inspired our faculty to continue to engage our students in the classroom. Click here to view the CTL web page containing links to their presentation materials, handouts and websites.
Tracks - A track is similar to taking a graduate course in teaching and learning. Each track consists of at least four, two- or three-hour sessions over several days, weeks or the semester. They are intensive opportunities to develop in a particular area. This year's tracks are Communication Across the Curriculum, Curriculum & Assessment, Diversity & Inclusion, Integrating Technology and Mindfulness. By registering for a track, you are committing to full participation in all its sessions, which is required for completing the track. Upon completion of a track and evaluation, faculty will gain access to an online certificate of completion for printing and/or saving. Tracks include dynamic speakers, books and resources.
Each term the Center for Teaching and Learning brings a leading researcher, educator and/or expert in an area of teaching and learning to our campus for the benefit of our faculty. We hope our faculty will gain insight, knowledge and practical examples that will help them improve and grow professionally and that those improvements will further help students in their classes.
This series of workshops will take participants on a six-week journey into the subjective, first-person experience of mindfulness. Utilizing aspects of the eight-week MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction) Program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical Center, we will explore the fundamentals of MBSR while unearthing the connections between contemplative pedagogy and student engagement. A triad of contemplative practices will be embedded in the Series: Mindfulness Meditation; Gentle Yoga; and Guided Visual/Sensory Imagery, referred to as the “Mindfulness Triad.” In addition, we will launch an inquiry into the scientific underpinnings of the emergent field of "Contemplative Neuroscience." Participants will also be encouraged and supported in the cultivation of a daily home-practice over the six-week period.
Register for one or more online training. These offerings are completed online, at your pace and on your schedule.
In 2014 Sinclair Community College faculty will have a multitude of professional development options ranging from individual workshops, entire tracks on a topic, webinars, guest presenters and Lilly Conference recorded presentations. We hope you will find sessions that fit into your schedule and meet your goals in growing professionally.