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Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events
Date/Time Topic Presenter(s) Room
​Friday, October 21st
10 am – 12 pm
Copying Courses in Canvas /
Archiving eCompanion Courses​
​Simon Balm
Blue Fier (Lab)
​​Bus 250
​Friday, October 21st
12:00 - 1:00 pm
​Differentiated Instruction: "​What's Different about Differentiation" ​​Ron Klemp ​Bus 111
​Wednesday, October 26th
12 pm​​ - 1:00 pm
Equity Brown Bag Discussion #2​ The Equity Steering Committee ​Staff Lounge - Cafeteria
​Wednesday, October 26th
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Differentiated Instruction​ Mira Pak​ ​​M104 (The Center for Teaching Excellence)
​Thursday, November 3rd
4 pm - 6 pm
Movie Screening: "What it Takes to Succeed"​ ​The Center for Teaching Excellence ​Bus 111
​Friday, November 4th
10 am – 12 pm
​Introduction to Canvas ​Wendy Parise
Dana Del George
​​Bus 253
Friday, November 4th
12:30 – 2 pm​
Faculty Book Club​ - Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed ​Natalie Meir & Elisa Meyer M104 (The Center for Teaching Excellence)
Tuesday, November 15th
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Equitable Assessment and Feedback​ Joelle Adams​ M104​ (The Center for Teaching Excellence)
​Friday, November 18th
10 am – 12 pm
​Create and Manage Online Tests and Quizzes with Respondus Simon Balm
Gina Gerry​
​Bus 253​
​Wednesday, November 30th
12 pm​​ - 1:00 pm

Equity Brown Bag Discussion​​ #3

The Equity Steering Committee Staff Lounge - Cafeteria​
Friday 12/2/16
10:00 to 12:00 (Subject to change)
Art of Reflective Teaching Follow-up for FSI 2016 Alumni Jessica Krug M104 (The Center for Teaching Excellence)

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The 2016 Faculty Summer Institute was a Great Success!

Click HERE to learn more.


Check us out in the SMC In Focus Newsletter!

The Center and the Faculty Summer Institute were featured in an article in the October Issue. Read and see photos from FSI 2015

Fall 2015 Catalog Article on the Center (PDF)  

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.