Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Teachers Talking

Join us on Friday, October 7 for Teachers Talking Challenging Conversations: Getting (and Keeping) More Students Engaged. It's easy to assume that our courses encourage all of our students to participate in the conversation. But how do we know that all of our students receive the invitation--and feel invited to join in?
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Teachers Talking Writing

Join us on Wednesday, October 12 for Teachers Talking Writing: "Helping Students Write Well in your Discipline: Best Practices identified by the WRITD assessment project" A discussion of the soon-to-be completed assessment of our WRITD courses. Program runs at 11:30 and again at 12:30. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

There will be a New Faculty Orientation Session on Thursday, October 13, from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the Board Room. Topic: Midterm grades, grading rubrics and methods, led by Scott Bur. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the 49er Room. Please feel free to get your lunch anytime after 12:15 p.m. We have a sign-in sheet at the buffet. We'll start the session at 12:45 p.m. so hope everyone can be through the line by then.

Teachers Talking Technology

Join us on Thursday, October 18 for Teachers Talking Technology. Program runs at 11:30 and again at 12:30. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

There will be a New Faculty Orientation Session on Thursday, October 27, from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the Board Room. Topic: Keeping students engaged led by Leila Brammer. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room. Please feel free to get your lunch anytime after 12:15 p.m. We have a sign-in sheet at the buffet. We'll start the session at 12:45 p.m. so hope everyone can be through the line by then.

SoTL Grant Announcement

Excellent teaching is serious, scholarly work. In order to support the resources required to address student learning in a scholarly manner, The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is pleased to introduce Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants. The initiative provides support for faculty to develop, implement and assess a pedagogical approach intended to address a specific challenge to student learning. For a complete description of the grants, please click 'more'
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Follow up on the Faculty Development Day topic "Universal Design for Instruction (UDI)"

The Open Classroom site contains several articles and book chapters on UDI. Please help keep the momentum for UDI going by: 1) consulting the "UDI Ideas" document (attached: INSERT link to UDIIdeas.pdf HERE) to see ways to implement UDI principles in your classes, 2) adding your ideas to the "UDI Ideas" document posted in the Open Classroom, and 3) posting your UDI-inspired assignments, rubrics, and prompts in the Open Classroom.
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Faculty Achievements Publication

As a way to promote and celebrate the professional scholarly, research, and creative accomplishments of the faculty, The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is publishing the third issue of Faculty Achievements. This edition will collect and celebrate the scholarship, research, and creative work presented, published, or awarded to faculty during January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011.Please visit the Kendal Center website to submit your achievements by February 17, 2012.
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Participate in the Open Classroom

Faculty members at Gustavus share a Google Docs folder, where we upload and discuss relevant resources such as syllabi, assignments, lectures, and articles. If you would like to have access to this shared folder, register at http://bit.ly/qHKGHn.

"Opportunities for your Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"

You are invited to consider participating in any of the following scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) activities, please click "more" for further information.
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New Website Feature: Share your ideas & suggestions

Have an idea for Teachers Talking? Suggest future programming? The KCEL website now has a link for faculty and staff to submit ideas, suggestions and provide feedback called 'Share your ideas & suggestions'

Kendall Center Books now on display in Library

The library has created a display of all Kendall Center books in the Gustavus Library Associates Reading Room (the space that was once ILL and now overlooks Beck Hall). Faculty can always find a full list of Kendall Center books by typing "kendall center" into the library's catalog.

October Shop Talks

On October 14th, Elizabeth Baer will present "How I spent my Summer Vacation: Travel to Dakar, Senegal, for Scholarly Research." On October 28, Daniel Moos will present "I do not want to hear multiple perspectives!" Theoretical and empirical perspectives on our students' view of knowledge. please click "more" for further information
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About the newsletter

This is an e-mail newsletter from the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. If you prefer not to receive future issues of this newsletter, please send an e-mail to cblaukat@gustavus.edu with your e-mail address and name.