It's still on! In modified format, of course, but the Teaching and Creativity Center is pleased to announce the 2020 June Teaching & Learning Conference: A Day with Cia Verschelden, author of Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization.
Each of us has a finite amount of mental bandwidth—cognitive capacity—for all the tasks in our lives. Though we know that we can grow our brains by learning new things, we can’t get any more bandwidth. This isn’t about how smart someone is, but about how much of their cognitive capacity is available to them for learning.
Now we have COVID-19. The realities of this public health crisis distract all of us and threaten our ability to concentrate our cognitive resources on school and work. These are uncertain times, and uncertainty is a huge bandwidth stealer.
Join us on June 5, 2020, for two webinars with Cia Verschelden. Following the webinars, Cia will engage with faculty and staff in breakout groups for those interested in addressing challenges specific to departments, offices, programs, and other cohorts.
Registration required (use this link)
All faculty and staff are invited.
Please see attached the flyer to send to colleagues in your department/division/office to encourage them to register. (You can even print a copy to post on your refrigerators!)
11:00-12:00 Bandwidth Depletion: Uncertainty in a COVID-19 World
In this first webinar, Cia will discuss how poverty and social-psychological realities like racism, classism, homophobia, hostility based on religious affiliation or immigration status, etc. deplete the bandwidth of students in certain groups. Through stereotype threat, microaggressions, and a lack of a sense of belonging—and sometimes of physical and psychological safety—some students live in a nearly constant state of fear and uncertainty, leaving them hard-pressed to marshal the bandwidth needed to be successful in college. All of that is heightened now due to COVID-19.
[Noon break to stretch your legs or enjoy your own dine-in cuisine]
1:00-2:00 Bandwidth Recovery: Support and Certainty
To help students recover a bit of bandwidth for learning, we need to acknowledge that the regular learning challenges that were already unequal are now even more so. When students are fearful and uncertain, the bandwidth available for learning is severely limited. In this webinar, we will discuss several strategies that can be used in classrooms and by the College in support of students to increase certainty and help students recover bandwidth.
2:00 - ? Breakout Groups
Work directly with and colleagues in your department/office/school on challenges specific to your area, or select a group based on some other work- or pedagogy-related issue. Cia will navigate between groups to listen, guide, offer support.
Registration required (use this link)
Registrants will receive information to access the webinars as the day nears.
Cia Verschelden is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X College. Formerly, she was the Executive Director of Institutional Assessment at University of Central Oklahoma, where she taught in sociology and the first-year program, and Vice President of Highland Community College in Kansas. At Kansas State University, where she was on the faculty for 21 years, she taught social welfare and social policy, women’s studies, and nonviolence studies. Cia has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, an M.S.W. from The University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. Her book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, was published in 2017. Her new book, Bandwidth Recovery for Schools: Helping Pre-K-12 Students Regain Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Trauma, Racism and Social Marginalization, will come out in September 2020.
Questions? Please contact Amy Burtner, Brighton faculty chair for the TCC.