The Teaching/Learning Academy (TLA), a community of practice, supports new professors, counselors and librarians as they develop Individualized Learning Plans, a fundamental phase of the tenure process designed to assist tenure candidates to expand and improve their professional practices and students’ learning. The goal of the TLA is to help tenure-track faculty members develop a reflective approach to their teaching that is anchored in the tenets of action research and the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator. The TLA provides support on pedagogy, course design, student development and professional portfolio development.
TLA will offer the following courses:
PRFC2264 – Understanding Professional Commitment
Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
This interactive course is designed to help participants understand the many opportunities within professional commitment and assist participants in matching their interests and skills to professional opportunities on and off campus. Participants will engage in small group activities as well as meet tenured faculty as they share their journey in serving students, the community and their practice.
INDV7311 – Creating a Safe Space for Dialogue
- Kickoff: Thursday, November 12, 2020, 1 – 5 p.m.
- Wrap-up: Thursday, March 25, 2020, 2 – 4 p.m.
- Kickoff: Friday, November 13, 2020, 1 – 5 p.m.
- Wrap-up: Friday, March 26, 2020, 2 – 4 p.m.
This course will demonstrate techniques for establishing a respectful and inclusive environment that promotes healthy classroom dialogue. Dialogue can assist students in moving information from a memorized or theoretical understanding to a more integrated, tangible and lasting knowledge. Participants will engage in best practices designed to promote discussion as a pedagogical tool.
INDV2151 – Inclusion and Diversity
Date: Thursday, November 19 or Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m.
In this seminar, participants will investigate learning opportunities that acknowledge, draw upon and are enriched by student diversity and create atmospheres of inclusion and understanding. Participants will reflect on ways to increase inclusion and minimize exclusion in the classroom and explore some theoretical underpinnings of inclusion and diversity.