How to Improve Student Writing in Your Discipline Workshop

When: January 11, 2018 from 9:00am - 10:00am
Where: SCI-202, Merced College

Are you frustrated with the writing assignments your students produce? Do you frequently wonder how to get them to transfer what they learned in their English composition classes to your class? This FLEX activity will go over ways to scaffold the writing process in the context of your course (including methodology that helps students recall prior learning), and how to design assignment prompts in order to elicit the academic work you expect. In order to participate fully in this FLEX activity, please bring with you a copy of a writing assignments from one of your current courses.

Target Audience: Faculty, staff, and administrators.

 

ILC Pizza Party

When: November 28, 2017 from 12:009m - 1:00pm
Where: COM-2, Merced College

Come tour the ILC, discover a great place to learn, and enjoy some delicious FREE pizza!

Target Audience: Merced College Students

Download: ILC Pizza Party Event Flyer

 

ILC Grand Opening Event

When: October 20, 2017 from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: COM-2, Merced College

Come tour the ILC, discover a great place to learn, and enjoy some delicious FREE pizza!

Target Audience: Students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Download: ILC Grand Opening Event Flyer

 

MyWhy Event

When: October 20, 2017 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: COM-2, Merced College

Come meet this dynamic faculty inquiry group. We will be discussing the ways in which we are all using Habits of Mind in the classroom and across disciplines.

Want to hear more, eat FREE cookies and have great conversations? Come on by, even if it's just for the FREE cookies!

Target Audience: Faculty, staff, and administrators.

 

Habits of Mind (HoM) FIG Workshop

When: August 10, 2017 from 10:00am - 11:50am
Where: AHC-125, Merced College

This workshop will introduce the basic concept of Habits of Mind principles and integration that teach students "how to perform in response to questions and problems, the answers to which are not immediately known" (Arthur Costa 3CSN). Participants will explore HoM approach to learning that enhances "the ways students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it. Participants will examine HoM as a means of promoting students developing a critical stance with their work: inquiring, editing, thinking, flexibility, and learning from another person's perspective" (Arthur Costa 3CSN). Participants will be exposed to HoM strategies that are designed to be applied to situations outside of the classrooom as well - campus services, the work environment, and family interactions.

Target Audience: Faculty, staff, and administrators who have not already experienced an introduction to the HoM program.

 

Fall 2017 BSSOT Team Q&A

When: April 13, 2017 from 10:30am - 11:30am
Where: Board Room, Merced College

Have you heard about the BSSOT Grant? Or perhaps you’ve heard about our Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs), but haven’t had a chance to find out more? We invite you to bring your questions, enjoy a cup of coffee, and learn about the BSSOT Grant. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Faculty Inquiry Groups:

  • California Acceleration Project (CAP)
  • Embedded Peer Mentors (EPM)
  • Interdisciplinary Literacy Center (ILC)
  • Habits of Mind (HoM)

Download: Recap of the items discussed - Spring 2017 Q&A (pdf)

 

Engaged Academic Literacy for All: An Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship Workshop

When: February 24, 2017 from 8:30am - 3pm
Where: Merced College Downtown Business Resource Center (BRC)

This workshop will introduce participants to the Reading Apprenticeship instructional framework, developed by WestEd’s Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI), which helps faculty learn how to build on students' underestimated strengths as readers and problem solvers and create instructional opportunities for "apprenticing" students into discipline-specific academic literacies.

Reading Apprenticeship works for all disciplines. RSVP soon to reserve your spot. Seating is limited. Email:  shirleykahlert@mccd.edu  to reserve your place.

 

BSSOT Grant Presentation for the Merced College Board of Trustees

When: February 14, 2017 from 6pm - 7pm
Where: Board Room, Merced College

This brief five minutes presentation will provide a high level description of the four major components of the newly acquired $1.5 million BSSOT Grant at Merced College.

Download: BSSOT grant presentation for MC Board of trustees (pdf)

 

How Embedded Peer Mentors Can Aid English Instruction

When: January 13, 2017 from 11am - 12pm
Where: Study Central, Merced College

In Fall 2017, English instructors will have an opportunity to work with embedded peer mentors in our exciting new accelerated curriculum. All EMPs will be trained in Reading Apprenticeship and Just-in-Time grammar instruction. Learn more about how an embedded peer mentor can help your students succeed. This workshop is affiliated with Merced College's Embedded Peer Mentor Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG).

 

The New Interdisciplinary Center

When: January 13, 2017 from 10am - 11am
Where: VOC-112 Merced College

This workshop will provide a short overview of the new Interdisciplinary Literacy Center, slated to open Summer/Fall 2017, and its role in the overall BSSOT grant. Attendees can expect to find out how the ILC is being developed so that it enhances student academic performance across the disciplines. In addition, the workshop will delve into how the ILC is going to support the English Department's integrated reading and writing curriculum, as well as accelerated English Courses. This workshop is affiliated with Merced College's Interdisciplinary Literacy Center Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG).

 

Online Tutoring: Smarthinking

When: January 13, 2017 from 9am - 10am and 10am - 11am
Where: Study Central, Merced College

With online tutoring services from Smarthinking, students get on-demand, individual instruction and support from expert online tutors across a wide variety of subjects -- from beginner to advanced, up to 24 hours a day. Students can connect on demand with an expert tutor for a drop-in session 24 hours a day, schedule an appointment in advance, submit writing for detailed review, or ask a question offline. Join us to learn more about how students can access Smarthinking online tutoring to get the support they need, when they need it.

 

Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship for all Disciplines

When: January 12, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm
Where: SCI-202, Merced College

Reading Apprenticeship offers an effective research based pedagogy for all disciplines to better engage students in college level reading. Reading Apprenticeship instructional routines and approaches are based on framework that describes the classroom in terms of four interacting dimensions that support learning: Social, Personal, Cognitive, and knowledge-Building. Learn more about metacognitive strategies such as pair share, talk to the text and research logs to help your students become more effective readers. This workshop is affiliated with Merced College's Embedded Peer Mentor Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG).

 

Overview of the BSSOT Grant

When: January 12, 2017 from 11am - 1pm
Where: SCI-110, Merced College

In April of 2016, Merced College was awarded a BSSOT grant to help reduce the time it takes of students to complete the English composition sequence. Doing so significantly increases student persistence and success in their larger education goals. The first half of the workshop will provide an overview of the grant plan, including timelines, outcomes, and goals for sustainability. The first half will also include a brief discussion of the research supporting the use of high school GPA in English placement, and how English acceleration will work to support student outcomes. The second half of the workshop will introduce participants to the Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs) developed by the grant initiative and how these connect to 3CSN's interdisciplinary communities of practice. Participants will learn a little about each FIG and help us imagine how the FIGs can support departmental and institutional outcomes across campus. Each FIG will have subsequent FLEX session available.

 

HoM FIG Introduction

When: January 12, 2017 from 9am - 11am
Where: AHC-125, Merced College

This workshop will introduce the basic concept of Habits of Mind integration. HoM principles teaches students "how to perform in response to questions and problems, the answers to which are not immediately known" (Arthur Costa 3CSN). The HoM approach to learning enhances "the ways students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it. HoM promotes students developing a critical stance with their work: inquiring, editing, thinking flexibly, and learning from another person's perspective" (Arthur Costa 3CSN). HoM strategies are designed to be applied to situations outside of the classroom as well-campus services, the work environment, and family interactions. This workshop is affiliated with Merced College's Habits of Mind Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG).

 

Curriculum as a Collaborative Effort

When: December 15, 2016 from 11am - 1pm
Where: SU- 137, Merced College

Come learn about undertaking curriculum revision work as a collaborative and ongoing effort, while developing meaningful shared concepts with fellow colleagues. Luncheon will be provided.

Watch: View the recorded Curriculum as a Collaborative Effort workshop (coming soon)

 

BSSOT Grant Forum

When: December 1, 2016 from 12 - 1pm
Where: Board Room, Merced College

Come learn about the new Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation (BSSOT) Grant on our campus and the plans to improve the progression rate of basic skills students from remedial education to college level instruction. Luncheon will be provided.

Watch: View the recorded BSSOT Grant Forum

Download:  BSSOT Grant Forum presentation materials (pdf)

 

Habits of Mind (HoM) Seminar

When: October 14, 2016 from 10am - 2pm
Where: Downtown Business Resource Center, Merced College

This seminar will help faculty, staff, and administrators from our area to undertake a better understanding of the Statewide initiative to incorporate the basic principles of HoM into curriculum, services, and policies. Luncheon will be provided.

Target Audience: Faculty, staff, and administrators who have not already experienced an introduction to the HoM program.