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Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

May 2023 Pedagogical Institute: May 22-25

From the Associate Provost
I am pleased to announce the return of the Pedagogical Institute, May 22–25, as a response to the expansion of the Title III Initiative, Roar to Success, and the approval of the new General Education 2023 (GE23) program. Instructors and coordinators of student success, first-year, and general education courses, TRIO personnel, student services professionals, and administrators will benefit from the workshops and discussions. All sessions will be held in Bacon Hall 117. Registration is through the Workshop Registration System. Questions can be directed to me, Amitra Wall.



Teaching Introductory Courses and UNC 100: Mastering the Academic Environment
Presenter: Daniel Blum
9:00–10:30 a.m. - Light Breakfast Available at 8:30 a.m.
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Teaching one of the first college-level courses for incoming students can be both exciting and intimidating. Session goals include (1) outlining general best practices and pedagogical techniques for teaching introductory undergraduate courses; and (2) describing faculty and student expectations of the Roar to Success sections of UNC 100: Mastering the Academic Environment. Course requirements, mandatory Roar to Success activities, and course-level assessments of students and course will be discussed.

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Trauma-Informed Teaching
Presenters: Pamela Schuetze and Kimberly Kamper-DeMarco
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. - Lunch Provided
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Many students are entering the classroom enduring a tremendous amount of adversity and exhibiting behaviors that reflect the pain associated with these experiences. When educators understand more about traumatic experiences and how these experiences can affect academic and social success, they can effectively implement tools and strategies to co-regulate behaviors with students. This workshop will briefly inform participants about the potential effects of trauma on their students and then focus on basic strategies to mitigate the impact of trauma in teaching and learning.

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Mobile Anti-Racist Workshop
Presenters: Ruth Goldman, Celestine Simmons, Jennifer Ryan-Bryant, and Marcus Watson
2:00–3:30 p.m.
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The Mobile Anti-Racist Workshop was developed by several members of the President’s Council on Equity and Campus Diversity at Buffalo State University. These council members researched the meaning of anti-racism and developed a workshop to share their findings with colleagues across campus. The workshop is “mobile” in the sense that the point is to bring anti-racist lessons to interested colleagues at times and spaces convenient to them. The workshop is informative yet short enough to be hosted within most regularly scheduled faculty, administrator, and staff meetings. It is also voluntary, friendly, and aligned with the university’s commitment to social justice for its own sake. We also understand that students who see themselves positively represented in their educational surroundings are more likely to be inspired, stay, and excel.



Anne Frank Project 2023 and UNC 101: Integrated Hour
Presenters: Drew Kahn and Daniel Blum
9:00–10:30 a.m. - Light Breakfast Available at 8:30 a.m.
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National and world events suggest that now is the time to erase the space between thinking about something and doing something. There is academic value in teaching the differences between reacting and responding. The 15th annual Anne Frank Social Justice Festival: Ideas + Action = Justice, scheduled for October 4–5, is the vehicle to reach our incoming students. This session will (1) provide instructors with the tools to prep students for the pre- and post-AFP 2023 festival activities; (2) describe faculty and student expectations of the Roar to Success sections of UNC 101: Integrated Hour; and (3) identify techniques and methods to enhance the cooperation between UNC 100 and UNC 101.

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From Maslow to Nicolazzo: The Evolution of Student Development Theory
Presenter: Timothy Gordon
Noon–1:30 p.m. - Lunch Provided
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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1943) has long been a referenced theory as student development and motivation has sought to be understood. This body of research has continued to evolve from this basic theory to one that has considered nuances such as agency, resistance, and identity. This session will provide a broad primer and potential application to working with students at Buffalo State.

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Career Planning Conversations in the Classroom
Presenter: Denise Harris
2:00–3:00 p.m.
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The world of work is constantly changing and evolving. Preparing students to enter the diverse employment market is complex. Career counselors help students explore, identify, and solidify their career decision-making abilities. This presentation will provide an overview of career theories and practices used to provide career education for students. Understanding multifaceted approaches to exploration will provide Buffalo State students the tools needed to pursue their own unique career path.



On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College
Presenter: Jonathan Brennan
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. - Breakfast (8:30 a.m.) and Lunch Provided
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Introduction to learner-centered strategies that empower students to become active, responsible learners; additionally, this workshop provides an opportunity for participants to determine how they will use these strategies in their educational roles with students.



Assessing Roar 2 Success and General Education
Presenters: Randyll Bowen and Amitra Wall
9:00–10:30 a.m. - Light Breakfast Available at 8:30 a.m.
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Roar to Success and General Education 2023 (GE23) are new programs starting in fall 2023. Benchmarks for success and the process for assessing the two programs will be shared.

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UNC 100 and UNC 101 Pairings 
Presenter: Daniel Blum
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. - Lunch Provided
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UNC 100 instructors and UNC 101 instructors will meet in assigned groupings to discuss the strategies learned in the On Course Workshop and to discuss ways to build community with students.

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Using Crucial Conversations Concepts to Promote Student Success
Presenter: Rita Zientek
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Please note: This workshop has been postponed until further notice.

Learning how to create a welcoming environment and talk about expectations in a way that solves problems requires accountability. We will use the Crucial Conversations model and other concepts to explore classroom dynamics in this workshop. Rita Zientek has completed specialized training in Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations, and has presented on these concepts to numerous campus groups, including Emerging College Leaders, new faculty, and new department chairs.

Also appeared:
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Monday, May 15, 2023