Professional Development Workshops: Fall 2016


Student-Centered Approach to Lesson Planning

Dr. Wendy Fothergill and Dr. Derek Decker

Oct. 30 1:00-2:00pm
TILT 105

During this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how to approach a lesson plan that is both student-centered and results-driven. They will learn about essential components of a strong lesson plan and the purpose of the interactions of those components.

Dr. Wendy Fothergill is an assistant professor in the School of Education's Center for Educator Preparation at Colorado State University. Prior to her position at CSU, Dr. Fothergill served for 16 years as a teacher and educational leader in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland PK-12 schools. Her scholarly interests focus on building communities of practice in PK-12 schools. She is currently engaged in research on structures of practice to support school leaders. Dr. Fothergill coordinates, instructs and advises in the Principal Licensure and Master’s Plus Teaching Secondary Programs.

Dr. Derek Decker is an assistant professor in the Center for Educator Preparation in the School of Education at Colorado State University. He is a coordinator in the master's plus teaching licensure program, instructs within the master’s program, and supervises teacher candidates. Coming directly from the public school classroom as a teacher, Dr. Decker understands the importance of high quality teachers, teaching, and leadership. His scholarly interests center on the benefits of clinical practice where strong partnerships between PK-12 schools and teacher preparation programs flourish.

Limit: 20

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Crafting a Teaching Persona

Hailey Otis

Nov. 7 12:00-1:30pm
TILT 105

The Latin word “persona” most directly translates to “mask.” What kind of mask should we wear while teaching? Should we wear a mask while teaching? How much of our teaching persona should be our authentic personality and how much of it should be a mask? How do we develop a teaching style that works for us as instructors and is also conducive to student learning? These questions are particularly salient for Graduate Teaching Assistants who may not be much older than their students and/or may not perceive themselves as having much more experience than their students. Together, we will explore what it means to put on a mask and to embrace a persona that strikes the right balance between your authentic self and the masked authority figure needed to effectively manage a classroom. Lunch will be provided. This workshop counts toward the Graduate Teaching Certificate.

Limit: 20

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Diversity Workshop 2: Cross-Cultural Conversations

Ria Vigil, Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Dec. 5 12:00-1:30pm
LSC 386

This workshop will expose participants to helpful models and communication principles for interacting across cultural differences. We might speak a common language, but still have very different ways of interacting depending on our cultural identity and back ground. Learning about cultural patterns can help us interact with our colleagues and serve our students more effectively. Join us in this substantive and interactive session. Lunch will be provided by TILT.

Limit: 50

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