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ET Programming & Support

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) is committed to supporting faculty and departmental leaders throughout and beyond the implementation of the ET project. To that end, the Center will be offering types of programming various a Culturally Responsive Teaching Workshop Series to support your work with the Evaluating Teaching Project.

Open Labs: The ET Leadership team will be offering ET Open Labs to help faculty identify teaching & learning evaluation tools to meet their interests and needs. We are also available to help with drafting teaching evaluation guidelines and rubrics. For the Fall 2019 semester, these open labs will be Fridays, 10 AM to Noon in GL 156 (the ETS Faculty Resource Center). There is no need to register or RSVP.

In the ET Open Labs, faculty can get help with:

  • Determining what questions they may have about teaching strategies, student learning or learning behaviors, or learning environments (including modalities)
  • Deciding on what data would be most informative
  • Locating useful evaluation tools
  • Identifying a peer or designing a peer collaboration
  • Exploring and interpreting data
  • Summarizing/reporting on efforts to evaluate teaching

CAT Faculty Book Groups: Faculty book groups allow faculty to more thoroughly and critically examine ideas around teaching, learning, and contemplative practices. Facilitated by CAT educational developers or fellow faculty, this is a time and place for reflection and insight. Each semester a range of readings are on offer and where appropriate themes around learning-centered, evidence-based and/or inclusive teaching are identified. Sign-up here for Faculty Book Groups.

"Knowing, Affirming, and Leveraging Cultural Differences": In this introductory level workshop, participants will 1) explore the concept of culturally responsive teaching and its influence on student learning and achievement, 2) identify practices and strategies for fostering and sustaining culturally responsive teaching and learning environments, and 3) capture and translate evidence of cultural responsiveness in their own practice. Two sessions in August 2019 were capped at 20 each. Sessions will be offered again in December 2019.

“Gateway Inquiry Institutes”: Designed for faculty teaching Gateway courses, this set of workshops provides faculty with section level data from surveys that are automatically given to all students in Gateway courses. Faculty work with data specialist(s) from the Office of Assessment and Information Management and educational developers from CAT to explore data from their own classes, determine an area to address, consider how instructional design and/or course materials might impact that area of need, and create an action plan. Invitations to Gateway faculty will be emailed from CAT.