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Join Us for the first installation of “Teaching Matters” on Oct 15!

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    Dear All,

    This event will be of interest to many of you! We hope to see you there.

    This year the CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy is kicking off a new and virtual teaching workshop series. Teaching Matters is a monthly, free, one-hour summit of CUNY faculty and staff devoted to sharing innovative teaching strategies and student-centered learning methods. Each gathering includes a focused and engaged peer-to-peer workshop and a few practical teaching tips that can be used in any classroom.

    A Pedagogy of Self-Care to Reduce Burnout: Fostering Supportive Learning Communities

    Join us on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 PM for a workshop on approaches to assignments and course management that support students while reducing the labor of overburdened faculty and staff. It is especially important in this pandemic that we care for ourselves to avoid burnout. Sometimes our strong commitment to students can become a liability to their learning when we, as teachers and staff, also require more support. It is especially important in this pandemic that we care for ourselves to avoid burnout; we need sustainable teaching methods now more than ever.

    In this interactive, one-hour Zoom session led by Dr. Christina Katopodis (University Grants Manager, Transformative Learning in the Humanities), we will come together to share strategies and ideas for using collaborative, student-centered teaching methods on campus and online to foster supportive learning communities. Strategies include mentoring efficiently through team development; peer-to-peer support; holding group office hours; collaborative agendas, and more. Participants will come away with practical tools and teaching techniques and a bank of crowd-sourced active learning resources.

    Read more about a pedagogy of self-care.

    Christina Katopodis has taught as an adjunct instructor across three different institutions in the last ten years: CUNY’s Hunter College, New Jersey City University, and Tallahassee Community College. She graduated from the Ph.D. program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center in February 2021.


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    Mark your calendar for the next Teaching Matters workshop about accessibility in course design on Friday, November 12.


    The CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy, established in 2020, aims to improve pedagogy at scale and recognize excellence and innovation in teaching by CUNY faculty. The Academy is predicated on the recognition that the quality of pedagogy and access to high-impact practices has a direct and measurable impact on the quantity and quality of degrees produced by CUNY and the ability of CUNY graduates to be well-positioned for meaningful careers and further study.

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