Final Northern RCTE Offering for Spring 2015

Social Media and Students, April 10, 11-12 online. Andree Betancourt, NOVA Professor of Film Studies, to facilitate (http://blogs.nvcc.edu/abetancourt)

To register, go to http://goo.gl/forms/BXD5Vuamcq

Nan Peck
Faculty Coordinator
VCCS Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence
npeck@nvcc.edu
http://blogs.nvcc.edu/teachingexcellence
www.opd.vccs.edu

703.323.4140

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Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence

The 2014-2015 advisory members to the Northern RCTE include:

Germanna Community College
Camille Mustachio, PDC representative
Cheryl Huff (Coordinator CETL)
Maury Brown (International Exchange Coordinator)
Yanyan Yong, ELET (ex-officio)

Lord Fairfax Community College
Jose Nieves, PDC representative
Nicole Martin (Teaching Faculty, History and Humanities)
Jen Schaefer (Teaching Faculty, English)
Karen Kellison, ELET (ex-officio)

Northern Virginia Community College
Marleen McCabe, PDC representative
Cindy Miller (Coordinator CETL)
Bob Loser (Instructional Designer ELI)
Jennifer Lerner, ELET (ex-officio)

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Virginia Master Teacher Seminar

As the last blasts of winter come through, it is time to begin getting ready for this summer’s Virginia Master Teacher Seminar. We are continuing a tradition started by W. Terry Whisnant and John J. Cavan.

First, let me begin by thanking each you for your continuous support of The Virginia Master Teacher Seminar. We are celebrating our silver anniversary this summer. Twenty-five years of first class professional development programming for community college faculty would not be possible without the support of visionary administrators.

The focus of the entire seminar is improving classroom instruction. The cost for the seminar is $900.00. That includes registration, conference materials, room and board. As always, if your faculty attendees are not completely satisfied, we offer a no questions asked money back guarantee.

We are now recruiting for the 2015 seminar. The Virginia Master Teacher Seminar will once again be sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College and hosted by Hampden-Sydney College. The dates are June 28-July 2, 2015. Please visit our website (www.vamasterteacher.com) and please share the link with your faculty so they can learn more about why over 500 instructors from Virginia’s Community Colleges have participated in the seminar over the last twenty-four years.   Should you have questions please contact me.

Stephen Walker, Seminar Director

Stephen.walker@southside.edu
434-736-2166

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SCHEV RFP for Implement PD Programs

SCHEV’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for its 2015-2016 Improving Teacher Quality State (ITQ) Grant competition. This is an opportunity for  faculty in your School of Arts and Sciences to collaborate with your School of Education and partner with high-need local school divisions to design and implement PD programs that will improve student achievement.  This year’s competition will give considerable priority to professional development proposals that focus on middle school Mathematics, Science, English and other core academic areas that increase academic achievement and align with state educational initiatives.  While applicants can submit proposals for any content area, we strongly recommend the submission of proposals for professional development activities that:

  •  Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) instruction, or
  • Advance one of three priorities identified by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE):
    • improvement of K-5 content area nonfiction reading and writing
    • enhancement of college and career readiness skills in argumentation, persuasive writing and research
    • implementation of research-based strategies that support  instruction for English language learners

Additional information is available at SCHEV’s website at www.schev.edu via the “Popular Links” section or you may contact Ms. Darlene Derricott by telephone at 804.225.2621 or by email at darlenederricott@schev.edu.

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NISOD Webinar on Constructing Argumentative Essays

Critical Thinking in Action: A Step-by–Step Approach to Using Content to Construct Argumentative Essays in Any Class

NISOD is sponsoring this free webinar which begins with a summary of research that shows the specific flaws in how people use evidence. Next, the facilitator provides an overview of the single methodology that has shown measureable gains in critical thinking skills. Building on that foundation, a step-by-step approach to applying this skill to any content area is provided, resulting in quality argumentative essays that are rich with evidence.

Dr. John Eigenauer, Professor, Philosophy and English, Taft College

Thursday, March 26
Eastern: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

http://www.nisod.org/webinars

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Nuclear Matters Seminar

Science Seminar, Wednesday, March 25, 12 -1 pm, CE Forum, AN, NOVA

“Nuclear Matters: Can nuclear energy be the front line of defense against climate change?” by Dr. Shivaji Seth, Sc.D, Retd. Senior Technical Advisor for Nuclear Safety

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.  Light Refreshments and “Meet & Greet the Speaker” in the CE Forum

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA

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Guest Speaker on Rape Crisis Intervention

Ms. Natalie O’Brady, a Hubert Humphrey Fellow from Trinidad and Tobago will be our guest on the NOVA Annandale campus from March 24th, 2-3:30 p.m., CG 202.

Ms. O’Brady  is the General Manager, Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago; The Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence Nonprofit Leadership and Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Fund and Grant Development; Working with Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She will be participating in a number of events on and off campus. You are especially invited to a roundtable discussion with Ms. O’Brady on Tuesday March 24, 2:00-3:30 in the Provost Large Conference room, CG 202.  This is a great opportunity for us to learn from Ms. O’Brady on the work that she is doing, and for her to dialogue with us, and field questions and gain insights. I hope that you will take this opportunity.

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NISOD Webinar on Critical Thinking, March 26

Critical Thinking in Action: A Step-by–Step Approach to Using Content to Construct Argumentative Essays in Any Class

This webinar begins with a summary of research that shows the specific flaws in how people use evidence. Next, the facilitator provides an overview of the single methodology that has shown measureable gains in critical thinking skills. Building on that foundation, a step-by-step approach to applying this skill to any content area is provided, resulting in quality argumentative essays that are rich with evidence.

Dr. John Eigenauer, Professor, Philosophy and English, Taft College

Thursday, March 26, 2-3 p.m., free
http://www.nisod.org/webinars

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Scholarly Teacher Blog

The Scholarly Teacher blog circulation continues to grow. New blogs are posted twice a month: http://scholarlyteacher.com/  Subscribe to our mailing list to receive a notification when a new blog is posted.

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NOVA Service Awards Luncheon, April 10

The NOVA Service Awards Luncheon honoring employees completing 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service with the Commonwealth of Virginia will be held Friday, April 10 at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly.

Invitations will be sent to all recipients at their home addresses. Social time (cash bar) will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.

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Get Inspired: Three Ways to Find New Teaching Ideas

Cengage Learning’s Managing Editor Tami Strang writes an Engaging Minds blog. Published 16 February 2015, she shares three steps you can take to identify new teaching strategies and ideas. These are from Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert McKeachie’s Teaching Tips:

  1. Review some new reading, listening, or viewing materials, including Cengage Learning TeamUP’s Professional Development Portal;
  2. Ask your colleagues and peers; and
  3. Watching someone in action.

Reference: Svinicki, Marilla, and Wilbert J. McKeachie. 2014. McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, 14th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

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Helping Students with Jobs, Internships, Etc – March 18

Connecting Students to Real World Experiences through Jobs, Internships, Externships, and Volunteer Opportunities!

Wednesday, March 18th, 1:00- 2:30 PM, NOVA Annandale Campus, CA 317

Register here

Why Attend?

As our students prepare to transfer to four-year colleges and to the working world, connecting students with experiential learning opportunities related to their majors is increasingly crucial to their long-term career success.   Teaching faculty play a pivotal role in helping our students to bridge academic and workforce-based learning, and to gain the critical skills that will make them highly competitive in their chosen career fields.

What’s in it for you?

Attend this session to learn more about the resources and programming available through NOVA’s college-wide Career & Experiential Learning Services, including College Central Network, NOVA’s new online job, career, and internship database.  Enhance student learning by connecting students to opportunities to receive credit for elective internships, and part-time and full-time employment search assistance.  We will offer faculty ways to connect to us and the over 1,000 businesses and organizations who are reaching out to NOVA students.  Your students are asking, so let us assist you in adding more resources to your faculty toolbox!

Questions? Contact Trasi Watson

This workshop is sponsored by NOVA’s Office of College and Career Pathways and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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