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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. In addition, Chris has been invited to present at many conferences around the country as well as dozens of colleges and universities on topics ranging from reading narrative text to how to effectively manage large classes, or how to engage students in ways that maximize student learning. He is currently the President of the New England Faculty Development Consortium and Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the Professional and Organizational Developers Network (POD). At Springfield, Chris runs the Center for Excellence In Teaching, Learning and Scholarship and teaches courses in the psychology department. 

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.

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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 running out for the Summer Faculty Learning Communities! 

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

Learn more about The Summer Intensive: Equity-Minded Teaching FLC and register 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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