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Spring 2021 Events

Event Types

Coffee Hour Sessions – Informal sessions where we bring/share resources and brainstorm strategies to tackle instructional challenges.

Community Support Sessions – Informal sessions where we gather as a community to support one another while teaching in challenging times. These sessions are specifically oriented towards instructional challenges that have emerged because of the current global pandemic.

Professional Development Sessions  –  Structured sessions where we learn and practice instructional approaches to improve our teaching. This Spring we offer two different tracks for Professional Development:  "Becoming More Culturally Responsive" and "Building Peer Mentorship." 

Date Time Event
January 13, 2021 2:00-3:30 PM

Sharing Strategies for Engaging Students Online

Coffee Hour: Bring and Share Resources

In this Coffee Hour, we will share our successes from Fall 2020. We will share and brainstorm strategies we use(d) to keep students' online engagement. Faculty will leave with a portfolio of tools that can be used in an online classroom.

Zoom linkhttps://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

All Zoom events will require Texas State Zoom login.

January 28, 2021 2:00-3:30 PM

How Do We Support Each Other This Spring Semester?

Community Support Session

Join us in this Community Support Session where we check in on one another's first week. We will discuss challenges we anticipate this Spring semester and collectively find ways to keep the community alive throughout the semester.

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

February 11, 2021 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Confronting Racism in Our STEM Fields

Professional Development Series: Becoming More Culturally Responsive

In this session, faculty will gain an increased awareness of problematic assumptions regarding students’ learning behaviors and abilities and generate ways to counteract these assumptions.

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

March 4, 2021

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Part 1 of 4: Introduction to Peer Classroom Observations

Professional Development Series: Building Peer Mentorship

Join us for Part 1 of a 4-part series on building peer mentorship. In this session, we will explore the reasons why peer observations can improve our teaching. Over the next 4 sessions, we will learn classroom observation techniques and have opportunities to observe one another's teaching, and give and receive feedback.

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

March 11, 2021

2:00- 3:30 PM

Understanding First-Generation LatinX Student Experiences

Professional Development Series: Becoming More Culturally Responsive

In this session, we will unpack First Generation LatinX Student Experiences through a student panel. Faculty will learn ways on how to increase students' sense of belonging in the STEM Classroom.     

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

March 25, 2021

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Part 2 of 4:Using a Classroom Observation Protocol

Professional Development Series: Building Peer Mentorship

In this session, we will learn how to use COPUS, a peer review of teaching protocol that allows us to map out what instructors and students are doing in a STEM Classroom. Faculty will leave with tools on how to start a COPUS observation

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

April 1, 2021 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Part 3 of 4: Informal Work Session

Professional Development Series: Building Peer Mentorship

In this session, teams will discuss the preliminary results of their peer classroom observations. Teams can also use this time to do data analysis. 

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

April 8, 2021

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Using Case Studies in STEM Teaching

Professional Development Series: Becoming More Culturally Responsive

In this session, we will learn how to use case studies as a way to transform our teaching activities to become more relevant to students' interests. Faculty will leave with strategies and resources they can use to adapt case studies to their teaching objectives.  

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

April 15,  2021 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Part 4 of 4: Transforming Our Teaching Using Classroom Observations

Professional Development Series: Building Peer Mentorship

In this session, teams will debrief the peer observations and discuss what we can improve in our teaching based on peer observations. Faculty will leave with an understanding of COPUS profiles and an increased awareness of their own instructional profile.

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

April 29, 2021 2:00-3:30 PM

Celebrating the End of Spring Semester and Planning What's Next

Community Support Session

Join us in this community support session as we celebrate our successes this Spring semester. We will also discuss what our next steps would be in transitioning and going into Summer.

https://txstate.zoom.us/j/96014786857

 

All Zoom events will require Texas State Zoom login. 

For CoSE faculty who are unable to attend the "live" events, most events will have materials that can be reviewed asynchronously. Please email STEMCommunities@txstate.edu to gain access to the Canvas site with these materials.

Here's a link to a downloadable Spring 2021 Professional Development Events Calendar.

Past Events

  • Sharing Strategies for Engaging Students Online (January 13, 2021)
  • Improving Our Teaching and Normalizing Feedback - 4 of 4 (November 16 / 19, 2020)
  • Improving Our Teaching and Normalizing Feedback - 3 of 4 (November 9 / 12, 2020)
  • Improving Our Teaching and Normalizing Feedback - 2 of 4 (October 29 / November 2, 2020)
  • Improving Our Teaching and Normalizing Feedback - 1 of 4 (October 22 / 26, 2020)
  • Community Support Session (October 8, 2020)
  • Build Your Teaching Dream Team (September 24 / 28, 2020)
  • Digging Deeper: Leveraging Learners' Strengths (September 21, 2020)
  • Leveraging Learners' Strengths in Our Instruction (September 14, 2020)
  • Digging Deeper: First Day Hacks (August 31, 2020)
  • Community Support Session: Beating the Back to School Blues (August 18, 2020)
  • First Day Hacks: Strategies to Get to Know Our Students Better (August 11, 2020)
  • Supporting Black Students in STEM during an Era of Police Violence and Social Uprising (June 10, 2020)
  • Summer 2020 STEM Teaching Workshop (May 18-22, 2020)
  • STEM Community Support Session (April 16, 2020)
  • STEM Community Support Session (April 8, 2020)
  • STEM Communities Journal Club: The Science Identity of College Students: Exploring the Intersection of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity (March 5, 2020)
  • Off-Campus Social Event (February 28, 2020)
  • STEM Communities Journal Club: Effective Use of Peer Instruction in Large Classes (February 28, 2020)
  • Community Input Session (November 22, 2019)
  • Community Input Session (October 30, 2019)

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact STEMCommunities@txstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance of an event. Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus.