NOVA and The World: Inaugural Workshop! Don’t miss the rest of the series!

David Smith, an International and Internationally known speaker on the issues of human rights talked to a group of NOVA faculty on Friday, September 12th about the ways in which we might integrate discussion and teaching about human rights into our curricula across all disciplines.  He provided us with sample exercises (debates, agreeing, emerging discussions, story telling,  problem solving and others).   An interesting d2014-15_NOVA_and_the_World_schedule_imageiscussion!

Don’t miss the Rest of the NOVA and World Series held this year!                         Click on this calendar to learn about it!

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September NISOD Webinar: Are You Ready to Flip

NISOD is the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and NOVA is a member college.  There are a lot of benefits for all of us.  Click on the logo to see what they are.

NISODa   The September Webinar is Thursday, September 25th

Are You Ready to Flip?

The flipped classroom is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction to the students in advance through interactive, teacher-created videos and online learning activities and moves discussion, active learning, and other activities to the classroom. Students come to class ready to collaborate and learn together in an active, engaging environment. The webinar facilitators discuss key elements of the flipped classroom as well as share how Madison Area Technical College is preparing faculty to design and teach flipped classes.


Tina Rettler-Pagel, Faculty, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Nancy Woodward, Faculty, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Madison Area Technical College



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NISOD Benefits! Innovation Abstracts


NISOD is the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, and NOVA is a member college.  There are a lot of benefits for all of us.  Click on the logo to see what they are.  NISODa

Meanwhile, check this out:


Lesson Delivery: What Every Instructor Can Do Everyday outlines a framework for lesson development and implementation.


Access the article here.**The username is and the password is nisod799.**

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VCCS Center for Teaching Excellence provides a great list of professional development opportunities.

Nan Peck, who used to head CETL,  has moved on to head the Virginia Community College System Northern Virginia Regional Center for Teaching Excellence –Its a mouthful like that but its abbreviated  –  NRCTE.  This is great for all around.   Be sure to check their blog, too.

Nan has compiled a list for us here at NOVA that includes the VCCS  professional development opportunities,with links to NOVA’s HR and CETL.   Its a great list!    Thank you, Nan!

1. Strut Your Stuff. Consider offering a presentation at the October 24 Fall Instructional Technology Summit. Proposals are due by September 22nd;
2. Attend your discipline peer group conference. Upcoming peer groups for the fall include world languages; IST, science; nursing and allied health and physical education; English and ESL; and global studies/sociology;
3. Apply for a VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Grant. Spring semester grant proposals are due by November 1. Here is a link to a video explaining the grants further, Be sure to work with our Grants Office;
4. Apply for a Chancellor’s Innovation Fund award. Proposals are due by October 10;
5. New Faculty (including adjunct) are welcome to the VCCS New Faculty Seminar, November 13-14;
6. Apply for the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Reva Savkar, Callan Bentley and Steve Huff are recent award winners;
7. Start thinking about New Horizons Excellence in Education Awards. See previous awards,;
8. Apply for the Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professors Program;
9. Apply for the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship award;
10. Sign up for NOVA advising training;
11. Take a graduate course. NOVA offers tuition assistance up to $1,900/fiscal year. Contact HR for more information;
12. Take a TOTAL workshop;
13. Take a free National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity webinar. September is “Overcoming Academic Perfectionism”;
14. Check to see what CETL has for you, including this Friday’s workshop, We are the World,;
15. Check out HR’s professional development including the Leadership Program and the NOVA Academy offerings.


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CETL Faculty Focus Series: NOVA and the World 2014-15


CETL and the Global Studies Committee combined their forces to present a particularly strong Faculty Focus Workshop Series during 2014-2015.

The underlying objectives are:
1) to insert appropriate global issues into the course curriculum of any discipline and
2) to focus on appropriate classroom teaching techniques that help incorporate examples of such global linkages.

The First Workshop in the Series, We Are the World,  is on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 11am to 2 pm at the Kings Park Library (part of the Fairfax County Public Library System) .    Scroll down to see the details on the other four events in this Faculty Focus Series:  The World Comes to Us, We are Out in the World, Our Changing World and Respecting World Perspectives.    Click on any of the images to register. 

1st workshop informatoin

Don’t miss any this speaker on September 12th or any of these sessions that follow:  

You will want to attend every single session of this series.  They are all amazing and relevant to your teaching practice.


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What students want; what we value — a perspective.

By Gillian Backus, CETL Faculty Associate, Associate Professor of Biology, Loudoun.

“Students crave emotional mentorship from their teachers that their parents can’t give them. There’s nothing wrong with that. “

As a dedicated educator, I know that we are undervalued for the tremendous services we offer. I know that our profession is often sneered upon, while we continue to insist that we do one of the most important jobs for any person – educate them.

This article, from, is a heartwarming reminder of the truly important role we educators play in our students’ lives. At the center of it, it’s not about “covering the material”, “getting through the book” or how well your students score on some state or federally administered multiple choice test, but how well they fare in Life. Read More »

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Convocation 2014: You can see it now!

Building Structures for Student Success!

Did you miss this amazing morning for the beginning of Fall 2014!  Find the recording this way:

  • Sign into your Blackboard.
  • Find the box on the front page:  Video On- Demand – Faculty
  • Click on Faculty and Staff Video Resources
  • Under C, click on convocations
  • Click on Convocation 2014
    • the vido will download as an .asx file.  Click on the download and enjoy.

(I have best luck using the Play with Captions Option using a Chrome browser on my NOVA PC)

To see the CETL 10-point  summary of Dr. Norden’s keynote:

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image002CETL wishes every single person in the NOVA community a happy first day of the Fall 2014 semester.   Here’s some articles that might interest you –

From the Chronicle and a very young professor — tips to get the first day started!  My favorite quote from the article:  “Don’t be afraid to be yourself”.

Another article from the Chronicle — Each semester gives us a time for renewal — an important concept:

And from Faculty Focus — a collection of articles for the First Day!  You’ll find good stuff here!

This one, from Carnegie Mellon,  is traditional and focuses on a lot of information — maybe think about this for the first week!  Read it, though — you’ll take away some tips:

And how about some ice breaker activities for your students, from Lancing Community College:

Don’t forget to call on CETL if you need anything at all!


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CETL Reports: Jeanette Norden’s Keynote: Creating a Safe, Natural Critical Learning Environment.

At  NOVA’s convocation today, Dr. Norden let us in on the following  10 secrets to control the only thing you can control for your students — their classroom environment.

1)  Love your subject and project that attitude every single day

2)  Invite your students into learning through the “Wow” attitude.   Make sure they know it will be a wonderful journey.   Read More »

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NISOD Program: The Ones That Got Away: Identifying Comprehensive Success Measures for Workforce Programs

This is free for you;  NOVA and CETL are members of NISOD NISODThe Ones that Got Away:  Identifying Comprehensive Success Measures for Workforce Programs.

Kathy Booth, Senior Research Associate, WestEd

Thursday, August 28
Eastern: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

For details and to reserve your seat, click here.    Read More »

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