Professional Development Workshop Series

Workshop 1: You want your students to critically think. Are you sure you are really asking them to? Let Bloom's Taxonomy show you the way.

Friday October 2, 2020

Employers and four-year academic institutions expect our graduates and transfers to apply their knowledge and to use analytical skills to solve problems. An effective method to ensure those expectations are met is to understand and apply Bloom's Taxonomy in our course learning outcomes and assessments. This workshop will help faculty to master the Bloom's Taxonomy "pyramid" to improve their assessments as well as mastering the key action verbs that help students to move from Level 1 (Remembering) and 2 (Understanding) to Level 3 (Applying) and 4 (Analyzing).

Workshop 2: Climate change is the defining issue of the 21st century. How do we fully educate our students on this issue?

Friday November 6, 2020

Climate change is the most important long-term issue facing our students. Yet properly discussing the issue with our students requires teachers from multiple disciplines making an effort to incorporate different aspects of climate change into their curriculum. In this workshop, we will work together to formulate a campus-wide strategy to better inform our current and future students about this critical subject.

Workshop 3: DiSC Profiles: How to Modify Your Behavior to Achieve Maximum Communication

December 4, 2020

The Golden Rule of Communication (Treat people as you wish to be treated) is no longer the optimal communication strategy. This workshop will reveal how to take advantage of the Platinum Rule (Treat people as they wish to be treated) by understanding how to determine people's behavior styles using a leadership tool known as DiSC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness). We promise that at least one relationship you have with students, co-workers, boss, friends, etc. will improve after you participate in this workshop.

Workshop Conveners

  • Scott Mandia, Asst. Chair and Professor - Physical Sciences
  • Scott Gianelli, Instructor - Physical Sciences

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This workshop is part of the Supporting and Advancing Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges: Faculty as Change Agents project and is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education through grants DUE 1525593, 1524605, 1524623, and 1524800.

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