Diversity Lecture Series continues with clinical psychologist Mary Pipher

Mary Pipher

Mary Pipher

GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series continues on February 11 with author and clinical psychologist Mary Pipher.

Dr. Pipher, author of  The Green Boat: Sustaining Our Planet and Each Other, is concerned with how American culture influences the mental health of its people. In her talk “The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture,” she considers how easily we are disconnected from our emotions, our bodies, each other and the truth, as we are engulfed in devastating information about the fate of Mother Earth. Dr. Pipher suggests we must reconnect our inner and outer lives to respond to this trauma with an awareness that leads to resilient coping and for many a transcendent response.

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. in Fountain Street Church. To see the entire lineup of speakers, click here.


GRCC In the News, 2-2-15

GRCC hosting open houses for manufacturing partnership that pairs students with businesses

Jan. 31, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting two open houses next month for a job training program that pairs eligible students with West Michigan manufacturers.

Grand Rapids schools partnering with local colleges and groups on mentoring initiative

Jan. 30, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools is launching a new initiative called “Grade School to Grad School,” (G2G) developed to help address the achievement gap and develop a national model for educating young men of color, officials say.

The program is being done in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, the Grand Rapids Urban League, Boy Scouts of America, Grand City Sports, and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Grand Rapids weighs in on free community college proposal

Jan. 30, 2015; therapidian.org

In his State of the Union address on January 20, President Obama articulated his hope that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today by the year 2020.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Provost Laurie Chesley believes that providing free community college would benefit not only students, but the Grand Rapids community at large.

As Aquinas expands dual enrollment, see how West Michigan districts stack up on the measure

Jan. 31, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new partnership between Aquinas College and three Catholic high schools could boost the number of dual enrolled high school students in the region.

… Wyoming Superintendent Tom Reeder credited the district’s Middle College partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, in which students take GRCC and high school courses simultaneously and earn a high school diploma and associate degree in five years.

33rd Annual Giants Awards & Banquet

Jan. 30, 2015; WZZM

Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations are recognized annually for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids. The idea for this event grew out of need for recognizing notable contributions of African Americans to the quality of life in Grand Rapids. The founders for this event, Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Cedric Ward decided to engage a group of people from the community to plan the event.

… Proceeds from the event are contributed to the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation’s Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two or more scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarships are presented to African American students as perpetual memorials to Mr. Brown.

2015 Giant Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

Jan. 31, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College will honor and celebrate influential leaders in the African American community at its annual Giants Awards program scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at DeVos Places Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Technology Showcase scheduled for March 25

The GRCC IT Department would like to invite you to participate at the 2nd annual Technology Showcase. This event is taking place on Wednesday, March 25th 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We are encouraging departments to come show off new technology used both in and out of the classroom.

We are actively seeking both exhibitors and presenters for the showcase, if you’re interested in participating registration information and sign up is available at http://grcc.edu/technologyshowcase.

Any questions regarding the Technology Showcase may be sent to GRCCTechShow@grcc.edu.

We look forward to your participation at this event!

February Workshops from the Center for Teaching Excellence

It’s February already, and Winter semester is in full swing. This month, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is continuing its Engaged Teaching Series, beginning a series on Classroom Assessment Techniques, and coordinating a variety of workshops on the Faculty Evaluation System. You can register for all workshops at www.grcc.edu/ctereg . Looking for something else? The CTE, Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, and the other departments within Instructional Support would be happy to custom-tailor faculty development to your needs as a department, group, or individual. Simply email CTE@grcc.edu to start the process. Below are the details on our workshops. You can view the descriptions by clicking the name of the workshop on our calendar page at www.grcc.edu/ctecalendar .

“Classroom Observation Training”

Tuesday, February 3, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM & Tuesday, February 24, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM in 347 Main

Observations are an important component of the evaluation system but how do you perform effective observations that result in constructive feedback? This session explains the behaviors that characterize effective instruction and assists faculty in using those behaviors as benchmarks for effective and appropriate peer evaluation. It also covers the documentation associated with observations in the Faculty Evaluation System. The session covers information on observation of both face to face and online courses. NOTE: Completion of this session is required before faculty will be permitted to complete observations of peers.

“Building Instructor-Student Relationships”

Friday, February 6, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM in 347 Main

How can I build and maintain classroom rapport? There is ample research proving that positive rapport between instructors and their students play a significant role in teaching and learning. Participants will discover why classroom rapport is important for effective student learning as well as how to develop rapport-building and rapport-maintaining strategies.

“Completing FPE Reports”

Monday, February 9, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM in 347 Main

This session will provide information on the reports that must be completed each year by full-time faculty as part of the Faculty Evaluation System. After completing this session participants should be able to: 1) Outline the general expectations for an effective FPE report, 2) Describe the appropriate documentation required for each section of the FPE report, 3) Explain the characteristics of the specific sections for the FPE report, and 4) Explain the approval process and due dates for the FPE report.

“Classroom Assessment Techniques I”

Thursday, February 19, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM in 347 Main

Designing your own assessments that provide context-and teacher-specific feedback can help you adapt and improve your teaching. This session addresses CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques), with a focus on CATs that assess learner attitudes, values, and self-awareness. After completing the session, participants should be able to: 1) describe the importance of assessing learner attitudes, values, and self-awareness, 2) experience at least three CATs, 3) identify at least one new CAT to be used in their classes.

“Managing Engaged Classrooms”

Friday, February 20, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM in 347 Main

Establishing a climate for learning is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching, and one of the most difficult skills to master. For those new to the profession, failure to set the right tone will greatly hinder your effectiveness as a teacher. Indeed, even experienced faculty may sometimes feel frustrated by classroom management issues. This training will highlight the 10 effective classroom management techniques every faculty member should know for creating a positive learning environment — whether you’re a seasoned educator or someone who’s just starting out.