ISLAS Academy Schedule Spring 2015

March | April | May | Ongoing 

 

 

March

Teaching in a Connected Age II
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 5:00p
Location: Fit Studio Teaching Space, Solano Hall 1201
Facilitator(s): Jill Leafstedt and Julia Balén

What does it mean to learn in an age where we can connect with anyone, at anytime about anything? How does the connectedness of the world today change what it means to be a learner and what it means to be a teacher? Facilitators will offer short presentations on how these issues are currently taking shape and facilitate discussion about how we would like to shape our responses at CI. These are the questions we will continue to explore this semester through brief presentations by those who are making creative use of new ways to connect for teaching and learning. Click here to register!

 

Dreamer (AB 540) Information Session  
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: Information Session 9:30a - 12:00p 
Location: Petit Salon
Facilitator(s): Juana Tapia, Director of CLUE, and Julia Balén

Do you want to learn how to be a better ally to our Dreamers (DACA/AB 540 students)? Don’t know what this means? Join us for an in-depth training that will prepare you to better meet student needs. The morning session includes the Information Session on the changing legal landscape our Dreamers must traverse. We will cover all the basics of the laws and how they relate to faculty, staff, and administrative roles at CI. The day will include a student panel and an afternoon Ally Training on how to be an ally. Those participating in the Ally Training are required to attend the morning Information Session. Separate registration required - see below. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Engagement. Click here to register!

 

Dreamer (AB 540) Information Session and Ally Training 
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: Information Session 9:30a - 12:00p and Ally Training 12:30p - 4:00p 
Location: Petit Salon 
Facilitator(s): Juana Tapia, Director of CLUE, and Julia Balén

Do you want to learn how to be a better ally to our Dreamers (DACA/AB 540 students)? Don’t know what this means? Join us for an in-depth training that will prepare you to better meet student needs. The morning session includes the Information Session on the changing legal landscape our Dreamers must traverse. We will cover all the basics of the laws and how they relate to faculty, staff, and administrative roles at CI. The day will include a student panel and an afternoon Ally Training on how to be an ally. Those participating in the Ally Training are required to attend the morning Information Session. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Engagement. Click here for the registration link and pre-survey! 

 

Where We Live Now: Using Social Explorer to Examine the Racial and Socioeconomic Characteristics of American Neighborhoods
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 4:15 - 5:45p
Location: Fit Studio Teaching Space, Solano Hall 1201
Facilitator(s): Luis Sánchez

How prevalent is poverty in Ventura County? Which neighborhoods have experienced the most growth in their immigrant population? This workshop will introduce users to Social Explorer, a user-friendly resource for visualizing Census Dataacross American neighborhoods and exploring demographic and socioeconomic changeover time. The mapping component allows for faculty and students to have a better understanding of how social, demographic, and economic characteristics are oftenunevenly sorted across the space.  These patterns have implications for how we might subjectively view local neighborhoods. This will be a hands-on workshop where attendees will be able to explore American neighborhoods and learn about what type of variables are available in Social Explorer.  Click here to register!

 

We All Handle Student Writing: Best Practices for Raising the Bar
Date: Friday, March 13
Time: 12:30 -2:30p
Location: Fit Studio Teaching Space, Solano Hall 1201
Facilitator(s): Stacey Anderson and Kristin FitzPatrick

Feeling overwhelmed by how to grade your students' writing? In this workshop, we will use a hands-on approach to assess writing in ways that can help us set realistic expectations for writing at each level across the curriculum, from freshman year to graduation. Please bring an assignment prompt from one of your courses and a sample student work. Click here to register!

 

April

Sustainable Information Literacy: Facilitating the Information Literate Classroom
Date: Friday, April 3, 2015  
Time: 9:00 - 11:00a 
Location: Broome Library 1756
Facilitator(s): Colleen Harris-Keith and Debi Hoffman

How can faculty help first-generation and underrepresented students achieve greater information literacy in their classes?  This workshop is an opportunity for faculty to work with librarians to learn how to incorporate high impact information literacy practices into their courses.  PLEASE NOTE: This is a hands-on session- please bring your course syllabus and research assignments with you to the session (paper versions, as you may be swapping with a workshop partner). Click here to register!

 

SAFE on Campus
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 5:00p 
Location: Sage Hall 2030
Facilitator(s): Kirsten Moss and Julia Balén

The SAFE on Campus program seeks to reduce homophobia and heterosexism at CI. Through education, advocacy, and promoting awareness, the program contributes to building a campus climate that is safe and accepting of all members of the University community. This workshop offers participants a chance to become familiar with some of the pressing issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people on campus. Participants will practice dealing with specific situations like hate speech and workshop ideas for making this a more welcoming campus for all. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Engagement. Click here to register!

 

Creating Classroom Community: Tips and Techniques for Increased Student Success
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:00p 
Location: Fit Studio Teaching Space, Solano Hall 1201
Facilitator(s): J. Jacob Jenkins

Studies continue to show the positive impact that a shared sense of "community" has upon student performance. This reality is especially evident among minority populations and first generation students. For each of these reasons, this workshop explores what it means to be a communal classroom, as well as specific tips and techniques for achieving a sense of community within your own classroom environment. 
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Infusing International Perspectives into Curriculum
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 - 12:30p
Location: Fit Studio Teaching Space, Solano Hall 1201
Facilitator(s): Antonio Jiménez Jiménez

This interactive workshop addresses ways of incorporating an international dimension into the curriculum to help prepare globally competent students. It also includes ways for involving faculty in campus internationalization. Click here to register!

 

Teaching Academic Reading Strategies
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 11:30 - 1:30p 
Location: Fit Studio Teaching Space, Solano Hall 1201 
Facilitator(s): Marie Francois

Faculty are often dismayed at the undeveloped reading skills some of our students bring to the university. Reading is a metacognitive skill. Research shows that teaching reading strategies result in students’ deep learning of texts and disciplinary content. How can we model and embed reading strategies into our teaching to help students synthesize prior knowledge and information from academic texts to create new knowledge? Click here to register!

 

Towards Excellence and Equity: Unconscious Bias Training 
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 4:30p
Location: Bell Tower 1568
Facilitator(s): Monica Marcel, Language & Culture Worldwide 
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Navigating CulturesTM
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 12:30p
Location: Bell Tower 2515
Facilitator(s): Monica Marcel, Language & Culture Worldwide

Monica Marcel, Partner at Language and Culture Worldwide, will present LCW’s Navigating Cultures™ workshop, which explores the concept of cultural diversity, allowing participants to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills. The tools, frameworks, and concepts presented lead to higher levels of competency, greater team synergies, improved performance in a global environment, and serve as a rich base for ongoing cross-cultural and intercultural development. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for International Affairs. * This workshop is open to students, staff, and faculty, and will fill up quickly.
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May

Unheard Voices: Making the Most of Students' Unique Contributions in Group Settings
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 2:00p
Location: TBD
Facilitator(s): Lindsey O’Connor

Arguably, the best classrooms are ones in which all students feel they are able to make a contribution to group dialogue. All too often though, students do not participate in group discussions, or worse, they are not really heard when they do.  In this workshop, participants will learn how gender dynamics operate in group settings to often stifle or undermine women's contributions. Drawing on research on team dynamics in the workplace, participants will work together to develop classroom-based mechanisms to reduce the likelihood that women's voices go unheard in group discussion.
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Ongoing 

Service-Learning Faculty Consultations
The Center for Community Engagement welcomes the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty or with a small group of faculty (including an academic program) to consult in the design, development and implementation of service-learning activities – or just to discuss or share information about service-learning and related issues and concerns. Consultations typically require 45-60 minutes. 
Click here to Schedule a Faculty Consult