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Gateway Technical College Regional Workshop

Strategies for Student Learning and Success: Relational Teaching and Classroom Community Building

Workshop Description

This workshop helps faculty build a sense of community within their classrooms by emphasizing dialogic approaches to teaching the whole student and relational teaching pedagogy. The workshop involves extensive interactive work and specific pedagogical strategies for faculty to take back to their respective colleges. Community-building and teaching the whole student matter because they result in improved student academic success and deeper student learning. Teachers who can build appropriate learning relationships with their students can be inspiring and transformative for student learning and their students’ development.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or are able to:

  • The importance of community building and teaching the whole student for student learning and academic achievement.
  • Specific methods for building a community and teaching the whole student in the classroom.
  • A toolbox of exercises and strategies for classroom use.
  • Opportunities for more substantive collegial discussions and relationships among faculty.


Time permitting, participants learn about, discuss, and engage in many or all of the following exercises and pedagogical approaches.

  • The Name Game
  • Classroom Ground Rules
  • The Five-Minute Poem
  • Self-Presentation in Class
  • Required Office Hour Appointments
  • Concentric Circle Exercise
  • Fishbowl Exercises
  • The Power Exercise
  • Critical, Integrative Writing Assignments: Analytic Journal, Social Identity Essay, and More
  • Self-Reflective Assignments Grounded in the Academic Literature
  • Community-Based Learning Opportunities

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.

Preliminary Schedule

November 5, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD


Gateway Technical College - Kenosha Campus
Madrigrano Conference Center Auditorium
3520 30th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144

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Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
October 8, 2021
Late Registration
October 8, 2021
Host College (Member) $139 $189
Member $169 $219
Non Member $219 $269

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to October 22, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by October 22, 2021. Refunds will not be given after October 22, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NISOD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by NISOD.

About the Facilitator

Dr. David Schoem
 is director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program and a sociology faculty member at the University of Michigan. Dr. Schoem is author and editor of eleven books, including his 2017 book, Teaching the Whole Student: Engaged Learning with Heart, Mind, and Spirit from Stylus Publishing and AACU, and his earlier books, Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School; College, Community, and Workplace and College Knowledge for the Community College Student from University of Michigan Press. Dr. Schoem has previously served at the University of Michigan as assistant vice president for academic and student affairs and as assistant dean for undergraduate education. He has led faculty institutes on teaching, dialogue, diversity issues, learning communities, and undergraduate education at numerous four- and two-year colleges. Dr. Schoem is a much-loved teacher and has played leadership roles in learning communities, intergroup dialogue, diversity initiatives, first-year seminars, community-service learning, and mentoring. As a first-generation college student, he holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.A.), Harvard University (M.Ed.), and University of California – Berkeley (Ph.D.).

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn and Suites Kenosha
7300 125th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 358-9800 

Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside
5125 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 358-9566 

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson
7011 122 Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 857-3680

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