Check back very soon for Spring happenings! Equity Series for Spring will be announced soon!
The Center for Teaching Excellence, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and the Office of Workforce and Economic development, is offering an exciting opportunity to the SMC CTE Community called "Data Coach".
Visit the Data Coach Homepage now to find out what our Data Coaches can do for you!
The 2017 Faculty Summer Institute
The 2017 Faculty Summer Institute was our best year yet! Thank you to all who applied and attended! Please watch for the CTE Winter Institute application to open up this Fall, and the 2018 FSI application next Spring!
What is the Faculty Summer Institute?
FSI is a place for faculty to connect, collaborate, and create.
It is a series of workshops and speakers over the course of two weeks, designed to enrich your abilities as a teacher, and as a part of the Santa Monica College community.
Faculty will learn about ways to revitalize their teaching, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged. During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education share research-based strategies that increase student success. Participating faculty typically receive a stipend for their participation in the Faculty Summer Institute and continuing involvement in The Center. Implementation plans are drafted by each attendee explaining how they will use what they learned over the two weeks, and how they will collaborate with their fellow faculty members and other departments to improve their instructional skills and methods.
Questions? Please contact The Center at
TheCenter@smc.edu or call 310-434-8717
The Center Got an Upgrade!
After a long wait while we installed tons of new technology and resources, The Center for Teaching Excellence is back up and running!
The Center is once again available for Faculty use for trainings and workshops, departmental meetings or workgroups, and general workspace. Please email us with your requests to use the space. But first...
Trainings for The Center's newly installed, state-of-the-art multi-media system will be available soon.
Please let us know if you would like to arrange an individual, group, or departmental training!
Check us out in the
SMC In Focus Newsletter!
About the Center for Teaching Excellence
The Center for Teaching Excellence is funded by the Title V - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The title of the Title V-HSI grant which was awarded to SMC is Building Foundations for Academic and Career Success. The aim of this project is to support low-income, Latino, and other traditionally underrepresented students as they pursue their academic and career goals.
At the heart of this grant will be SMC's new Center for Teaching Excellence (The Center), which will offer an annual Faculty Summer Institute, quarterly seminars for all faculty, departmental workshops that target career-specific improvements in math, English, and content specific-courses, and customized individual and small group support.
Faculty Summer Institute 2015
August 3rd through 13th, 2015
The Center for Teaching Excellence thanks each and every one of the 42 participants from the 2015 Faculty Summer Institute. This was our largest group to date, and we couldn't have asked for better teamwork and participation.
See FSI stats and info, and photos of our FSI groups.
Career Technical Education Winter Institute 2015!
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015
The CTE Committee and The Center for Teaching Excellence partnered to offer a professional develo p.m.ent institute available for SMC's CTE faculty.
Thank you to all those that attended! It was a great success.
Faculty Summer Institute 2014!
August 4 through August 14, 2014
We are so grateful to our 36 selected participants who joined us this summer!
We are looking forward to seeing how you apply the techniques you learned, and build on the relationships you formed with your colleagues over the two weeks!
For everyone else:
2015 is now open for applications (Google Doc).
During the Faculty Summer Institute, faculty explored issues of pedagogy and practice, exchanged ideas, studied new approaches and tested innovative strategies for building student skills and understanding. Experts and practitioners in the field of education shared research-based strategies that increase student success.
SMC's FIRST Faculty Summer Institute - 2013
July 29 through August 8, 2013
Faculty connected, collaborated, and created at the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI). This Summer marked our first Faculty Summer Institute: faculty learned about ways to revitalize their teaching, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged.
During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education shared research-based strategies that increase student success.
Space was limited to 30 instructional faculty. Participating faculty will receive a stipend for their participation in the Faculty Summer Institute and continuing involvement in The Center. Implementation plans were drafted by each attendee explaining how they will use what they learned over the two weeks, and how they will collaborate with their fellow faculty members and other departments to improve their instructional skills and methods. We thank everyone who attended and were please to have such a motivated, involved group.
Information for the 2014 Faculty Summer Institute will be available in the Spring, but check back often for more reports from this year's institute, presentations from attendees and photos.