Announcing DESTINATION 2014: Innovations and Change

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You are invited to participate in an annual professional development program that brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges and solutions — DESTINATION 2014: Innovations and Change.

This year’s program will feature multiple experiences. It will be valuable for faculty members who have previously participated in Destination and those who are new to the experience. Join us this summer to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges and solutions with colleagues from diverse fields, with varied experiences and interests. The following tracks will be offered:

The Times They Are A-Changin’: What’s Next for Communications
Anticipating the increasing range of skills demonstrated by students in entry-level courses, innovations in curriculum and pedagogy are necessary for student success. Faculty will engage in collaborative study of strategies for integrating reading and writing to promote accelerated development of these core skills. Through this experience, faculty will gain increased understanding of the benefits of an integrated curriculum, learn strategies for achieving full integration and acceleration and build an expanding community of colleagues who appreciate that all educational experiences are developmental. This track is designed for part-time and full-time faculty members who teach reading and writing (developmental and college-level). 

What’s Next for Mathematics
Anticipating the increasing range of skills demonstrated by students in entry-level courses, faculty will integrate student success skills, first-day strategies and developmental advising to promote accelerated development of core skills. Faculty members will gain increased understanding of the benefits of an integrated curriculum, learn strategies for achieving full integration and build an expanding community with colleagues. This track is designed for part-time and full-time faculty teaching or planning to teach developmental math, MAT1033C or MGF1106.

Great Teachers in Action
Action research, a scholarly approach to improve teaching and learning, is a pillar of great teaching. This opportunity will bring together dedicated faculty members who seek to engage in collaborative study of learning as it takes place day-by-day in the context of their own practices. Through this experience, faculty members will plan and conduct small-scale, practical research to investigate questions regarding student learning that directly impact their practices. This track is recommended for part-time and full-time faculty members who are interested in deepening and improving their professional practice through the creation and implementation of an Action Research Project. Participants should be experienced in Valencia’s faculty development courses and/or the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator.

Circles of Innovation
Circles of Innovation (Circles) is designed to create both digital and physical spaces where self-directed faculty, those driven by a sense of mastery and common purpose, can come to mingle, contribute, collaborate, solve problems and create new forms of great teaching. Circles of Innovation is “where good ideas collide and great discoveries are made possible!” Through the Circles experience, faculty members will engage in meaningful discussions with colleagues to discover innovative and creative approaches for teaching and learning and reflect upon attitudes, methods and behaviors as teachers. This track is open to all, but is designed for those looking for innovation and change. It is recommended for part-time and full-time faculty members who are new to Valencia, new to teaching, or faculty members looking to change things up and try something new.

Find out more about each track and apply now at the event Web page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 24, 2014

All Valencia faculty members are encouraged to apply, including full-time and part-time teachers, counselors and librarians. Please apply before Monday, March 24, 2014. Seats are limited and may be subject to dean approval. Applicants will be notified regarding their participation status mid-April.

To learn more about this year’s program and apply please visit the Destination Web page.

Wendi Dew
Director, Faculty & Instructional Development

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