Preconference Seminars

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Preconference Seminars are a great way to start your weekend at NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. These special learning experiences provide intensive, collaborative, hands-on opportunities for exploring leading-edge teaching and learning skills and strategies. Each seminar, facilitated by experts in the field, offers in-depth study and insights into a particular topic that has been specifically developed for the NISOD audience. Participants leave with skills, knowledge, and materials they can immediately use in their own teaching and learning practice.

All Preconference Seminars will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., $75

To register for the conference, click here. Are you already registered for the conference, but would like to add a preconference seminar? Then click here.


Emotional Intelligence, Self-Efficacy, and Growth Mindset to Empower Learners

Have you ever wished you could change your students’ attitudes toward more positive engagement in learning? YOU CAN! The secret rests in appreciating that we have a profound impact upon the emotional state of the students we engage with every day. Whether interacting with individuals or groups, the neuroscience is clear: the affective domain (the area dedicated to how people learn) powerfully impacts student cognition, persistence, motivation, and performance. During this multidimensional, highly-interactive preconference seminar, participants explore ways to promote positive, enthusiastic, and engaged collaboration among students. They also learn how to generate student collaboration in a manner that maximizes motivation, inclusion, and equity within their learning environment!

David Katz III, Professor Emeritus, David Katz Presents


Expand Your Horizons, Grow Your Career: Tools and Strategies for Educator Advancement and Increased Effectiveness

This seminar explores how an individualized career advancement plan can be used to support career progress, increase job satisfaction, and boost the quality of your teaching and educational efforts. Participants gain a wealth of knowledge and resources on topics related to career growth and effectiveness, including tips on diversifying your network, gaining additional credentials, and sharpening your persuasion and negotiation skills. This preconference seminar will not only aid in your professional growth, but also enhance your ability to train, mentor, and guild your students for today’s workforce.

Priscilla Lewis, Program Manager, University of Oregon COACH program; Geraldine Richmond, Professor, University of Oregon; Mary Slowinski, Associate Professor, Bellevue College; Ken Walz, Instructor, Madison Area Technical College


The Inspirational Six (The i6): Rekindling Six “Antediluvian” Strategies That Light the Art of Creativity

Teaching is so often mired between two cultures: one driven by the rigors of a content-focused curriculum, and the other centered on academic freedom, imagination, and originality. During this preconference seminar, participants learn to implement The Inspirational Six (The i6), six strategies that cultivate and inspire collaboration, creativity, and intellectual versatility to bridge a wide range of subjects and enhance the learning experience. The i6 provide teaching methods and strategies focused on six fundamentals: Animate, Originate, Rejuvenate, Stimulate, Deus Ex Machina, and Tell the Story. These strategies help instructors rekindle exciting interdisciplinary connections that inspire students to unlock their full creative potential.

Anthony Pitucco, Department Chair and Faculty (Retired), Pima Community College; Stewart Barr, Department Chair and Faculty (Retired), Pima Commiunity College


Searching for Tangible Evidence of Critical Thinking Skills

Do you ever feel like you are lost in space in your own classroom, looking for evidence of intelligent life? In this preconference seminar, participants explore their current practices in the classroom that encourage critical thinking skills and identify common mistakes teachers make when trying to elicit critical thinking responses from students. After watching videos and participating in hands-on examples of critical thinking exercises, participants create their own exercises to ensure higher-level critical thinking among students. By the end of this preconference seminar, participants are able to clarify the meaning of critical thinking in higher education and employment environments, including the most recent research about employers’ desire for graduates who possess critical thinking skills.

Sean Glassberg, Director, Horry Georgetown Technical College


Teaching With Your Mouth Shut: Keeping Students Active, Attentive, and Engaged!

This preconference seminar explores various active learning strategies and activities that allow faculty to engage students without being limited to lectures. The facilitator incorporates the theory of multiple intelligences (interpersonal, linguistic, and kinesthetic) while demonstrating and sharing active learning techniques and strategies. Participants receive lesson planning ideas and learn how to incorporate music into the classroom. Participants also consider several classroom assessment techniques and explore at least three instructional technologies.

Ericka Landry, Director, Lone Star College System