Professional Development for Student Success in First-Year GE Math/QR and Written Communication

In academic year 2018-19, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Institute for Teaching and Learning, and the Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning will provide an array of opportunities to support student success in first-year general education math/quantitative reasoning and written communication courses.

 

Face-to-face summits, webcasts, and digitally supported professional learning communities will connect CSU faculty, academic and student affairs professionals, and national leaders in higher education.

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​The third annual Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium will engage national higher education leaders, practitioners and members of the CSU community in rich exchanges focused on improving degree completion and addressing equity. All keynotes and breakout sessions will be livestreamed at calstate.edu/GraduationInitiative.  Speakers include Timothy M. Renick of Georgia State University, Jim Larimore of ACT Center for Equity in Learning, Ryan J. Smith of The Education Trust – West, Goldie Blumenstyk of the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Jamienne S. Studley of WASC Senior College and University Commission. Breakout sessions on Thursday, October 18 at 9:00am and at 10:15am include "Actually Achieving Equity," "Re-Thinking the Future of Math and Quantitative Reasoning Instruction," and "Five Things Students Want Faculty to Know about Student Success." View the symposium program and join the livestream.

October 17-18, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:00PM the next day10/17/2018Becoming Student-ReadyOctober 2018
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201810-October 2018
  
Live Webcast

Are you and your students able to monitor progress towards achieving learning outcomes in the classroom in real time? What do you do with the information you gather about student understanding? In this highly interactive, two-hour webinar, participants will explore the difference between formative and summative assessments, collaborate with peers to share and practice learning assessment techniques used in the classroom, and discuss ways to adjust teaching and learning based on the results. To participate, register by Thursday, October 18, at noon.

Facilitated by Connie Richardson and Paula Talley from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.


October 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.10/19/2018Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoninghttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LMQVBM7October 2018
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201810-October 2018
  
Live Webcast

​Across California, college classrooms are becoming more linguistically and culturally diverse. As multilingual students enroll in first-year composition courses, instructors may feel unprepared to address their writing development and unsure of how integrate such students into course activities. In this webcast, Robert Kohls, Assistant Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at San Francisco State University, will discuss how to support multilingual writers in heterogeneous writing classrooms from a sociocultural perspective. Participants will consider strategies for scaffolding writing strategies, developing academic literacy and language, and providing constructive and meaningful written feedback that deepen composition skills for all students.   

October 26, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.10/26/2018Student Success in First-Year Writinghttps://calstate.adobeconnect.com/writingOctober 2018
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201810-October 2018
  
Live Webcast

​The interrelationship of reading and writing is widely accepted in composition studies. What strategies do you have for making the most of that connection? For helping students learn from each other to embrace difficulty in reading and writing? The Reading Apprenticeship (RA) framework helps faculty support students to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, and writers and to engage with challenging texts. In this interactive webcast, Nelson Graff, Associate Professor of Communication Across the Disciplines, and Rebecca Kersnar, Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment, both at CSU Monterey Bay, provide an overview of the RA framework, which emphasizes the social, personal, cognitive, and knowledge-building dimensions of learning. They will demonstrate instructional routines used extensively in community colleges and increasingly in four-year universities to empower students to approach reading as problem solving and tap their strengths to deepen academic literacy.

November 9, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.11/9/2018Student Success in First-Year Writinghttps://calstate.adobeconnect.com/writingNovember 2018
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201811-November 2018
  
Live Webcast

In recent years, a new article or book has appeared every few weeks on the importance of fostering growth mindsets, resilience, and belonging in today's students. How can college educators translate this research into practice? What difference do these psychological factors make in college math classrooms anyway? In this webcast, participants will explore strategies to foster growth mindsets, build resilience, and increase belonging in mathematics/quantitative reasoning classrooms. Participants will also learn about currently available resources for addressing psychological factors in course design and daily instruction. To participate, register by Thursday, November 8, at noon.

Facilitated by Connie Richardson and Paula Talley from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.


November 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.11/9/2018Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoninghttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/727QL8XNovember 2018
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201811-November 2018
  
Live Webcast

The expansion of mathematics pathways and the addition of co-requisite/stretch courses does not need to result in a decrease in rigor but can provide the opportunity to set new and different, equally rigorous, expectations. In this webinar, participants will explore the meaning of rigor in mathematics and discuss strategies for deepening learning and perhaps even raising expectations in first-year mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses. To participate, register by Thursday, December 6, at noon.

Facilitated by Connie Richardson and Paula Talley from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.


December 7, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.12/7/2018Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoninghttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7CMNVMXDecember 2018
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201812-December 2018
  
Long Beach (Southern Region)

​At these regional meetings, campus teams will share lessons learned from the first cycle of implementing entry-level written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses redesigned to be offered with "just-in-time" support and strategize improvements. These one-day events will be facilitated by the Charles A. Dana Center, in collaboration with CSU Academic Success and Inclusive Excellence, the CSU Center for Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning, and the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning. Campuses will be invited to register teams in November.

February 1, 2018, 8:00AM – 3:00 PM2/1/2019Becoming Student-ReadyFebruary 2019
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201902-February 2019
  
TBD (Northern Region)

​At these regional meetings, campus teams will share lessons learned from the first cycle of implementing entry-level written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses redesigned to be offered with "just-in-time" support and strategize improvements. These one-day events will be facilitated by the Charles A. Dana Center, in collaboration with CSU Academic Success and Inclusive Excellence, the CSU Center for Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning, and the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning. Campuses will be invited to register teams in November.

February 8, 2018, 8:00AM – 3:00 PM2/8/2019Becoming Student-ReadyFebruary 2019
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201902-February 2019
  
California State University, Fresno

​The CSU Symposium on University Teaching, organized each year by the CSU Faculty Development Council with support from the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, features peer-reviewed presentations that communicate the CSU faculty's outstanding commitment to excellent teaching leading to student success. The theme for the 2019 symposium is "Education in Our Golden State: Reaching the Next Generations of Californians." The request for proposals will be issued soon, with submissions due in late November. Registration will open in December. 

March 9, 20193/9/2019Becoming Student-ReadyMarch 2019
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201903-March 2019