Learning Opportunities from Staff Development for September 2012
GRCC Staff Development works diligently to bring you timely, meaningful professional development opportunities. The following sessions remain open for enrollment. Please register online at grcc.edu/currentlearning
Breaking the Ice: A Fresh Start to Your Meeting or Class
Thurs Sept. 13, 2012 | 2:30-4:30 | 122 LRC
Encourage respect for others, sharing, humor, creativity and/or team building by selecting the appropriate icebreaker. Join us for a discussion on fresh ways to begin your meeting, class, or event. Be prepared to participate in some fun, unique icebreaker activities as well as share your best activity with the rest of the group. Learning Objectives: After this session, participants will be able to: Define the purpose of the group activity; Identify the intended audience; Conduct class opener activity; Recognize potential pitfalls of the activity; Assess the success of the exercise. Co-facilitated by Tamber Bustance and MaryBeth Beighley.
Personal Listening Profile
Tues Sept. 18, 2012 | 9 – 11:00 AM | 147 ATC
Listening is more than hearing. Listening is the ability to receive, attend to, interpret, and respond to verbal messages and other cues, like body language, in ways that are appropriate to the purpose. If the message is entertaining, our purpose is to enjoy, so we listen and respond in a relaxed manner. If the message is intended to persuade us, our purpose is judgment, so we listen and respond critically. It is estimated that people screen our or misunderstand the intended meaning or purpose of a message in over 70 percent of communications, making listening the biggest contributing factor to miscommunication. The Personal Listening Profile helps individuals identify which of the five listening approaches they use to process, organize, store, and retrieve information. Participants will be given an access code to the Inscape Personal Listening Profile and asked to take the online assessment prior to date of the class. Facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley.
Facilitate Difficult Conversations
Thurs Sept. 27, 2012 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)
Participant discussion in response to short vignettes related to critical teaching moments in classrooms and raises issues of free speech/hate speech, classroom climate, pedagogy, confronting oppressive behavior and a host of other topics related to learning environments. Learning Objectives: Understand that each individual’s story will contribute to different perspectives and reactions; Have a new awareness of unintentional consequences to classroom actions and words; Have a better understanding of how other faculty handles awkward or upsetting classroom moments; Begin to develop strategies to address the unexpected in the classroom. Facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.
Bullying in the Workplace
Mon Sept. 24, 2012 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)
GRCC is committed to providing an academic and work environment that respects the dignity of individuals and groups. All forms of harassment are contrary to basic standards of acceptable conduct between individuals. This training helps participants recognize and react to workplace bullying. Facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.
Lunch & Learn – Food, Inc.
Tue Sept. 25, 2012 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 348 CSC
Educational Movie – Food, Inc. Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about the state of our food ‘system’ in the United States, learn about the issues surrounding the food and how to make healthier choices in their food purchasing. A healthy lunch may be purchased for $5.00 at this event. When signing up please indicate if you would like a lunch to eat while viewing the movie.
The Engaging Leader
Wed Sept. 26, 2012 | 2 – 4:00 PM | 147 ATC
This session emphasizes ‘engagement’ as coaching others, communicating, giving effective feedback, handling performance issues, and delegating. Through exercises and discussion, participants will leave with practical tools and tips to begin to be more effective leaders immediately. Learning Objectives: To learn how to obtain more/improved productivity from direct reports as well as how to motivate others in order to improve the overall work-life experience. Facilitated by Kathy Pyatt.
Thurs Sept. 27, 2012 | 9 – 10:30 AM | 145 ATC
Understanding where the college receives its revenues and how that money is spent is important for all GRCC employees. This course will enable employees to answer basic questions from friends, co-workers, and community about the College’s money and how it is used. Strategies for using saving College money will also be discussed. Facilitated by Holly Kleyn and MaryBeth Beighley.Explore posts in the same categories: Center for Teaching Excellence