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Fall 2021 Events

Event Types

Professional Development Sessions  –  Structured sessions where we learn and practice instructional approaches to improve our teaching. This Fall, professional development sessions will fit into the track of "Becoming More Culturally Responsive." Past semesters have also included the track "Building Peer Mentorship." 

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

In Person Socials – Informal events where we reconnect with each other in person, typically off campus and outside. Many of these will be on the same day / week as Zoom sessions.

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

Date Time Event
September 9, 2021 2:00-3:30 PM

STEM Communities Newcomers Welcome

Are you a new faculty member in the College of Science and Engineering? Have you heard about the STEM Communities project from colleagues but haven't participated in our events yet? This event is for you! Come and learn about what the STEM Communities project is and the many ways you can become involved. Participants can also join us afterwards for an informal, in person, social gathering (see below). 

Zoom link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/97230677959

September 9, 2021 5:00-6:00 PM

STEM Communities Meet-n-Greet

In Person Social

We're kicking off the semester with a bang! Come and join us for an in person social event to meet new colleagues and reconnect with those you've been interacting with on Zoom.

Industry, 110 E. MLK Dr., San Marcos, TX

September 16, 2021 2:00-3:30 PM

Traditional, Progressive and Culturally Responsive Teaching

Professional Development Series: Becoming More Culturally Responsive

In our first professional development session of the semester, we will discuss traditional and progressive philosophies of education and consider the different ways that our instruction fits in these paradigms. We will then consider the distinctive affordances that culturally responsive teaching can bring for our students. We will leave with a deeper understanding of our own teaching practices and what we can improve on in the coming semester.

Registration link

September 23, 2021 2:00-3:00 PM

Build Your Teaching Dream Team

Part of the Department Instructional Assessment process 

Join us for an opportunity to hear about our Department Instructional Assessment (DIA) process. We are recruiting new faculty teams who are willing to learn more about their students and potential inequities present in the courses of interest, which will be helpful in creating inclusive and student-centered classrooms. We will discuss what the DIA process entails, what our project team can offer, and the initial application process.

Registration link

September 27, 2021 2:00-3:00 PM

Build Your Teaching Dream Team

Part of the Department Instructional Assessment process 

Join us for an opportunity to hear about our Department Instructional Assessment (DIA) process. We are recruiting new faculty teams who are willing to learn more about their students and potential inequities present in the courses of interest, which will be helpful in creating inclusive and student-centered classrooms. We will discuss what the DIA process entails, what our project team can offer, and the initial application process.

Registration link

October 21, 2021 2:00-3:20 PM

Identity and its Influence on Learning

Professional Development Series: Becoming More Culturally Responsive

How can we draw on our identities and navigate identity differences to build meaningful relationships with students and promote inclusive learning environments? In this session, we will unpack what makes us unique and consider how our identity influences our interactions with students. We will then consider instructional strategies we can implement in our classes that create opportunities for students to share about their own identities and enhance their sense of belonging.

Registration link

STEM Communities Happy Hour to follow at 5pm at North Street.

November 18, 2021 2:00 - 3:20 PM

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Professional Development Series: Becoming More Culturally Responsive

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December 2, 2021 [TBD]

End-of-Semester Party

Community Support Session

Join us in this community support session as we celebrate the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Time and location / format TBD.

 

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

[Link to a Fall 2021 downloadable calendar coming soon] 

Past Events

  • Celebrating the End of Spring Semester and Planning What's Next (April 29, 2021)
  • Part 4 of 4: Transforming Our Teaching Using Classroom Observations (April 15, 2021)
  • Using Case Studies in STEM Teaching (April 8, 2021)
  • Part 3 of 4: Informal Work Session for Peer Classrooom Observation (April 1, 2021)
  • Part 2 of 4: Using a Classroom Observation Protocol (March 25, 2021)
  • Understanding First-Generation LatinX Student Experiences (March 11, 2021)
  • Part 1 of 4: Introduction to Peer Classroom Observations (March 4, 2021)
  • Confronting Racism in Our STEM Fields (February 11, 2021)
  • How Do We Support Each Other This Spring Semester? (January 28, 2021)
  • 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.