Spring 2021 Webinar Series

Faculty Websites: Getting Started with Content

Tuesday, February 2, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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In this session you will learn the why and what of faculty websites and view some example sites. If you are just looking to learn more, ready to set up your first site, or looking to expand your existing site, there will be useful takeaway resources for you in this webinar.

Providing Quality Feedback

Tuesday, February 9, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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In this session you will learn some strategies for providing feedback to your students that will be useful for developing their assignments, interests and professional identities. Additionally, we will explore different modes for providing feedback that will help with student engagement, instructor efficiency, and foster class relationships. 

Diversity Statement 101: The Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 

Wednesday, February 17, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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This session will highlight important considerations in writing your Diversity Statement. We will examine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) from a systems lens and identify concrete strategies to teach, model, and practice inclusion for diverse learners. We will discuss ways to communicate your experiences and commitment to embracing diversity and working for inclusivity and equity in education.

Learning Management Systems – Meaningful and Effective Discussion Forums

Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Host:
Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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In this session you will learn how to improve student engagement in online discussions by connecting those discussions to a meaningful purpose, and by utilizing features available in the Canvas environment. By the end of this webinar, you will have several strategies to deploy in your classes.

Transformational Teaching and Learning:
An Overview of Kristen Olson’s Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture 

Thursday, February 25, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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Engagement in learning is critical for student success. Unfortunately, school can alienate many individuals, resulting in life-long “school wounds” that extend far beyond the classroom. By examining and understanding the wounds of schooling, how schools wound, and what we can do about it, we can avoid wounding students and work to transform their learning. In this webinar, we will use Kristen Olson’s Wounded by School to help us reconsider our teaching strategies. 

Assessing Student Learning: Alternatives to Letter Grading

Tuesday, March 2, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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Our grades should accurately reflect the skills we are trying to build in the classroom. While traditional grading techniques can be effective, there are alternative ways to provide students with grades that may feel less punitive. In this webinar, I will go over several alternative grading strategies such as ungrading and gamification.  

Organizing Research: Tools and Strategies

Wednesday, March 3, 12:00-1:30 pm
Host: Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director
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Come learn how to organize your research and make grad life easier. This workshop gives you tools to thrive during graduate school by showing how reference management software can save time and prevent citation frustrations.

Transformational Teaching and Learning: Using Productive Struggle in the Classroom 

Thursday, March 11, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. These are qualities often associated with academic rigor and success. However, the paths to helping students develop these qualities are not always clear. In this webinar, we will discuss how using productive struggle in the classroom can help students develop and strengthen these traits, and how the role of teacher as “warm demander” can infuse empathy into an academically rigorous class environment. 

How to be an Antiracist Educator 

Thursday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host:
Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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As the words antiracist and equity can become dangerously trendy, educators should pause and examine what they truly mean. Ibram X. Kendi, a leading antiracist scholar and New York Times bestselling author, states: “the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify it and describe it—and then dismantle it.” This session will review Dr. Kendi’s book “How To Be An Antiracist” and share key takeaways about how it applies to educators.  

Developing Effective Student Learning Outcomes

Tuesday, March 30, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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Developing effective student learning outcomes is a linchpin to successful course design and assessment. This webinar will provide participants with a stepbystep guide on how to develop student learning outcomes that are quantifiable and driven by backwards design. By doing so, both educators and students will be able to more accurately gauge the extent to which the course fulfilled their expectations and goals.   

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy Statement 

Tuesday, April 6, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we will discuss ways to craft your teaching philosophy statement to showcase your background, values, and approach to teaching along with your journey to becoming an educator. 

Growth Mindset for Grad School  

Friday, April 9, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Host: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
Co-Host: Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director
Zoom Link: https://cgu.zoom.us/j/81949631576
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This webinar is part of CGU’s First Year Experience program, but all are welcome. 

In this webinar, we examine Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset and its importance for learning success. We will explore strategies to foster growth mindset as a capacity to help you flourish in your graduate studies. 

Assessing Student Learning: Student Self-Assessment 

Tuesday, April 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host:
Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”. Assessment techniques that focus on student self-assessment rather than teacher assessment can help build life-long self-sufficient learners. This webinar will discuss several ways we can promote student self-assessment in our classrooms and build meta-cognition in our students. 

Receiving Feedback in Grad School  

Friday, April 23, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Host:
Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director
Co-Host: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
Zoom Link: https://cgu.zoom.us/j/84716549994 
Mobile: +1-408-638-0968  Meeting ID: 847 1654 9994
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This webinar is part of CGU’s First Year Experience program
, but all are welcome.

Receiving feedback is an important part of learning and graduate school. But how do we respond to feedback? What can we do with it? In this webinar, we explore the role and impact of feedback in learning, and how you can build strategies to use feedback as a tool for sharpening your abilities and being successful in your graduate studies.

Equity-Centered and System Thinking Leadership in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 28, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host:
Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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This session focuses on equity-centered teaching leadership that strives to build inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive. We will build a shared understanding of the intersection of race, power, and privilege in our society and school systems. We will also explore ways to develop a system thinking mindset that ensures students have the tools to navigate, question, and undo systemic barriers.