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**New Location**

The Center has moved downstairs to room 4559 in the Knight Campus Library. This sunny space is right in the middle of the CTE Book Collection, and still has coffee and tea! Stop by to check it out and get a cuppa!

Spring Symposium

🗓️Monday, May 13th
⏰9:00 – 3:00
📍Knight Campus, Room 4090

Registration is now open for Spring Symposium!

Join us for a Student Engagement-themed day of learning from CCRI colleagues and special guest Chris Hakala. Chris Hakala has over 30 years’ experience as a professor and Center Director in higher education institutions. Over the years, his research has focused on reading comprehension, teaching and learning, effective faculty development and assessment. At Springfield College, Chris runs the Center for Excellence In Teaching, Learning and Scholarship and teaches courses in the psychology department. 

Sigh...student can we recapture it? 

Students have always had a bit of trouble maintaining strong engagement both in class and online. This was only exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we work to re-engage students and help them begin to take ownership of their learning, regardless of modality? This workshop will build on what we know from the science of learning to help you adapt strategies to enhance student engagement in all your courses with all your students.

Other sessions will include a panel discussion on 7-Week class instructors, a presentation on Writing in the Disciplines, and information about Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, and more!

Breakfast pastry, coffee, and lunch will be served. Registration will close on Monday, April 29th at noon so that enough food can be ordered.

Register here

Instructional Fair

The Spring Symposium will include an Instructional Fair again this year! If you’d like to submit a poster, please fill out this brief form. If you’d like CTE to print your poster, please send it to [email protected] by May 3rd.


Summer Professional Development Groups

Space is full for the Summer Faculty Learning Communities! 

Learn more about the Getting Ready for 7-Week Classes FLC and join the waitlist for an available option here


Rachel's Recommended Reading

"You Get the Learning You Expect" by Regan A. R. Gurung on The Teaching Professor.

This is a great summary of some important concepts that can influence the way you interact with your students. I hope this article inspires some reflection on your teaching!

Knights Points

Don't forget, you can fill out an Implementation Plan if you want to use anything you learn from any professional development in your classes for 4 CTE Knights points. Close the gap to a CTE Knights Certificate before Spring Symposium!

Disaggregated Data Requests

In February 2022, I (Rachel) was able to see my course data for General Psychology (a course I have taught many times here at CCRI) disaggregated by race and ethnicity. The results were surprising and difficult for me to face. Despite that, I’m very glad that I did it, and I’m looking forward to trying some new strategies in my courses to try to close the equity gaps I found.

If you’d like to check out your own course data, request a meeting here to get started.

This is a confidential process and is for your professional development only. Results are not shared with chairs, deans, or the VPAA.

The Center for Teaching Excellence is a collaborative, faculty-led community that supports continuous development and champions high-impact, equitable teaching and learning practices for our diverse student body.

We Listen and Learn
We Respond and Lead
We Recognize and Reward

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