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Teaching Circles

Teaching Circles (TC) are short-term focused book clubs. Browse through the list below and choose a TC that interests you.  Once you have registered to participate in a TC, please, stop by the C-TEL Office to pick up your book.  Participants will meet over coffee and snacks three times during a one-month period to discuss insights or challenges that emerge from the work.  This is a great, low-key opportunity to meet new colleagues and share ideas.  Please join us!

Space is limited to 15 participants per Teaching Circle, so please REGISTER TODAY!

 If you have ideas or suggestions for next year please let us know.

2016-2017 Schedule


Teaching Circle - Team Based Learning

Monday, September 12, 19 & 26, 3:30-4:30
Morgan Hall room 203
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This teaching circle is a repeat of one offered in spring 2016. Attend if you are interested in how to create opportunities for your students to learn through teams and collaborative strategies. Zach Frank will facilitate.

Teaching Circle - Putting Your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in Career & Technical Education

Tuesday, September 13, 20 & 27, 3:15-4:15
Brock room
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Please note that this event will take place at the Huntoon campus

Book: John Foster et. al., 2014. Putting Your Data to Work: Improving Instruction in CTE. Association for Career & Technical Education.

Discover a new perspective on the use of data-driven decision making and the positive impact it has in the CTE classroom. The term "data-driven decision making" is mentioned frequently in education, and it is most often discussed in reference to policy decisions related to reporting requirements and accountability. Though reporting requirements have their place in policy and accountability discussions, this frequently means little to the classroom teacher. This book explores multiple aspects of data-driven improvement in instruction and specifically targets the importance of gradient disaggregated objective technical skill data and its systematic use to continually improve instruction. The concepts and specific 'how-to' examples in this book are especially valuable for secondary, postsecondary, and adult educators. Don't wait to get started applying the valuable approaches to increasing the success of your students!


Teaching Circle - Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect

Wednesday, October 12, 19 & 26, 3:15-4:15
Morgan Hall room 203
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We will be reading and discussing Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect (Routledge, 2014), edited by George Yancy and Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, a collection of essays that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars of color to critically examine what it is like to explore race in predominantly white classrooms. It delves into the challenges academics face while dealing with the wide range of responses from both White students and students of color, and provides a powerful overview of how teachers of color highlight the continued importance and existence of race and racism. Exploring Race in Predominately White Classrooms is an essential resource for any educator interested in exploring race within the context of today’s classrooms.

The above description is adapted from the Routledge Publishing website.


Teaching Circle - Scenario-based e-Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Online Workforce Learning

Tuesday, November 8, 15 & 22, 3:15-4:15
Brock room
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Please note that this event will take place at the Huntoon campus

Scenario-Based e-Learning offers a new instructional design approach that can accelerate expertise, build critical thinking skills, and promote transfer of learning. This book focuses on the what, when, and how of scenario-based e-learning for workforce learning. Throughout the book, Clark defines and demystifies scenario-based e-learning by offering a practical design model illustrated with examples from veterinary science, automotive troubleshooting, sales and loan analysis among other industries. Filled with helpful guidelines and a wealth of illustrative screen shots, this book offers you the information needed to:

  • Identify the benefits of a SBeL design for learners and learning outcomes
  • Determine when SBeL might be appropriate for your needs
  • Identify specific outcomes of SBeL relevant to common organizational goals
  • Classify specific instructional goals into one or more learning domains
  • Apply a design model to present content in a task-centered context
  • Evaluate outcomes from SBeL lessons
  • Identify tacit expert knowledge using cognitive task analysis techniques
  • Make a business case for SBeL in your organization


Teaching Circle - Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement

Thursday, February 23, March 2 & 9, 3:30-4:30
Benton Hall room 401
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Teaching Circle - Building Advisory Boards That Matter

Tuesday, March 7, 14 & 21, 3:15-4:15
Brock room
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Please note that this event will take place at the Huntoon campus

An ACTE publication that will help you develop an effective board for your CTE program. In this book, you will also learn how to effectively engage key stakeholders, whether they are members of business and industry organizations, community groups, certification or postsecondary programs, parents, students or general citizens. Advisory boards give form and structure to stakeholder engagement and are a valuable focal point for implementing your stakeholder engagement program. This book will help you create an advisory board that helps you steer your program, build capacity, pull in new resources and expertise, and provide students and staff with opportunities they could never realize otherwise. All it takes is the right attitude, an understanding of what advisory boards can be, some strategic thinking and a little leg work. In short, anyone can build a powerful and productive advisory board—this book will show you what it can look like and how you can build your own.