To support system-wide professional learning related to instruction, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) offices of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning invite faculty, staff, and administrators to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for the academic year of 2014-2015.
Join members of the SBCTC-Funded 2013-14 FLCs as they share what they have learned through their work over the course of the year. After 10-minute presentations from each FLC, there will be time for Q&A and discussion.
No pre-registration required. To participate, simply log in to the IGNIS webinar room.
If you have read Parker Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach (and even if you have not!), you might be interested in attending pre-conference workshop number 1 at the 2014 Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference.
Risk and Renewal: Finding the Courage to Teach
Facilitator: Sally Heildstedt, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
As I’m planning for the final session of the New Faculty Institute, titled “Your Inner Teacher: Cultivating an Authentic Pedagogical Approach,” I’m struck by this quote from Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach (the title for the session is also taken from a quote from this book):
“Seldom, if ever, do we ask the ‘who’ question– who is the self that teaches? How does the quality of my selfhood form– or deform– the way I relate to my students, my subject, my colleagues, my world? How can educational institutions sustain and deepen the selfhood from which good teaching comes?”
This quote has always been a sort of an ars poetica for me– the “who am I?” question is the one I most often asked myself during my decade in the classroom.