Cohort-based programs are professional development opportunities that consist of collaborative groups of faculty members working together for a common goal. These programs are designed for faculty members who are looking for an ongoing professional development opportunity and interested in working in multidisciplinary groups. During the semester, members will meet 4-5 times to discuss current research, develop new strategies and techniques, and work together to improve teaching. Groups are faculty-driven and provide a supportive environment for exchanging ideas.
Read and meet with colleagues to discuss a book related to our programming theme.
Book for 2020-2021
So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
Oluo, whose work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Elle, and the Guardian, has written a book that "guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to 'model minorities' in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of human life."
April Daniels (TRS/ESOL) and Brian Edelbach (Chemistry & Geosciences) will co-facilitate.
A limited number of books for those committed to participating in the group are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For those who will need to purchase their own copies, please consider purchasing from a Black-owned bookstore.
Reflective Practice Groups
Reflective Practice Groups are a nationwide professional development model established to improve student learning and success by supporting educators reflecting on and improving their practice. A Reflective Practice Group helps you reflect critically about your teaching among friends. RPGs are led by a trained facilitator and use structured protocols to look at curriculum, teaching dilemmas, student work, peer observations, and pivotal moments so that participants can provide each other with specific and actionable feedback.
2020-2021 Reflective Practice Groups
College Readiness Reflective Practice Group (Eric Berg and Angelique Johnston)
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
The College Readiness Reflective Practice Group invites conversations across institutions to acknowledge that our collective plates are full. This monthly meeting requires very little prep and uses structured conversations to provide support for educators working through real time dilemmas. Everyone can walk away with renewed perspective and restored energy.
- September 29
- October 27
- November 17
- December 15
Wednesday Afternoons (Anjali Parasnis-Samar and Binh-Yen Nguyen)
- September 30
- October 28
- November 18
- December 16
Friday Group (Cari Rosario-Mathieu, Alice Wilson, and Marj Crum)
This RPG is intended to be a safe space in which we can explore ways to make our teaching and professional practices more equitable and effective.
- Friday, October 9
- Thereafter, the first Fridays of each month
FIRST YEAR FACULTY SERIES
The First Year Faculty Series (FYFS) is a series of monthly seminars facilitated by MCC’s Teaching and Creativity Center. The purpose of this series is to introduce you to the MCC community, offer a supportive environment to help you transition to your new role as a full-time MCC faculty member, and provide professional development to support your on-going growth as an instructor of community college students. During the series, we will use the Critical Friends model for professional development to help you integrate into the culture at MCC as reflective practitioners. FYFS is led by facilitators trained to use structured protocols to look at curriculum, student work, and pivotal moments so that participants can provide each other with usable and wanted feedback. Through this work, you will develop a cohort within the larger MCC community. The meeting agendas will be responsive to the faculty’s changing needs throughout the year. FYFS meets on Fridays once a month from 3 – 5 pm.
For the fall 2020 semester (at least), FYFS will take place remotely, on Zoom.
FACULTY INQUIRY GROUPS (FIGS)
A FIG is a group of faculty members from different disciplines that come together with the goal of exploring a specific pedagogical issue. During the semester, members will meet regularly to discuss current research, develop new strategies and techniques, and work together to improve teaching. FIGS are faculty-driven and provide a supportive environment for exchanging ideas. If you are interested in forming a FIG, please contact the TCC. Current Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG):
SECOND YEAR FACULTY SERIES
The purpose of the Second Year Faculty Series (SYFS) is to help pre-tenured faculty explore and develop college citizenship within a supportive cohort. Faculty will have the opportunity to continue to reflect on teaching in order to improve instruction and student learning, to learn about the college structure and resources, and to contribute as an active and productive member of the college community. The series is organized around two projects. The first is action research, where each faculty will choose an aspect of instruction to modify and assess. The second project affords faculty the time, space and resources to explore an area of interest at the college, assess the needs of that area and propose an improvement to implement. The expected time commitment for SYFS is similar to an active college wide committee. SYFS meets on Fridays once a month from 3 – 5 pm.
For the fall 2020 semester (at least), SYFS will take place remotely, on Zoom.