Faculty Chats: Collaboration and Idea Sharing for Student Success

College faculty members face many complex and interconnected struggles, such as boosting enrollment, motivating students, increasing retention rates, and instructing students who may or may not be “college-ready.” These challenges can often feel isolating. Faculty collaboration, idea sharing, and planning are key to fostering student success and overcoming challenges as a community. This workshop provides participants with experience collaborating on lesson plans and the opportunity to brainstorm and share promising practices regarding what’s working (or not) in the classroom. Participating in this workshop will help build confidence and competence in new and veteran faculty members.

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

  • Observe, discuss, and critique a model lesson (templates provided).
  • Create a new lesson plan and/or build upon an existing lesson plan.
  • Explore various grouping structures and activities. Guidelines and norms are discussed.
  • Incorporate various learning styles and methods.
  • Design and share enhanced lessons.

Plans for participation and interaction:

  • Class discussion and share-out.
  • Peer observation and critique.
  • Discipline specific and non-discipline specific group activities.
  • Viewing short video clips (Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching).
  • Learning style activities.

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

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Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Ericka Landry

Dr. Ericka Landry has worked in K-12 and higher education for over 20 years and has a passion for personal and professional growth. Dr. Landry currently serves as the Director of Faculty Development at Lone Star College (LSC) in Houston, Texas. In this role, she enjoys mentoring, supporting, and collaborating with faculty at each of LSC’s six campuses and numerous satellite centers. She provides high-quality learning opportunities for faculty development and supports campus-level contacts at the respective LSC campuses. She holds degrees from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (BBA), Houston Baptist University (M.Ed.), and Sam Houston State University (Ed.D.). She has received numerous facilitator certifications, including being recognized as a Master Presenter by NISOD.

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Please contact Edward Leach at ed@nisod.org or (512) 232-1430 for additional information or to arrange to have a campus-based workshop or regional workshop brought to your college or area.

Workshops supplement NISOD’s offerings of professional development programs and resources, which culminate with NISOD’s Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held every Memorial Day weekend in Austin, Texas. NISOD’s annual conference is noted as the premier convening of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff who strive for excellence in leadership, teaching, and learning. For more information about NISOD’s conference or to register, visit www.nisod.org/conference.