2:30 - 3:30 pm

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Supporting Autistic Students 101—LDC 125
Presented by: Paul Curd, Counselor; Kim Reeves, Biology Faculty

Join Paul and Kim for an informative session about autism and strategies for creating a safe learning community. Participants will gain a better understanding of the intricacies of autism, and best practices to support autistic students. 


Parenting Around the World—KUL 221
Presented by: Darcie Donegan, Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Education Faculty

Join Darcie for an engaging exploration of the diversity of culture and parenting values and practices worldwide. This session is for all you parents (& caregivers) out there regardless of your role at WCC. This session will provide the opportunity to reflect on our own values and approaches to parenting as we learn from each other and the rest of the planet. Darcie will share parenting values she has learned from her studies of child care in over 20 countries.


Faculty Union Check-In—LDC 212

Presented by: Anna Wolff, English Faculty/WCCFT Vice President; Tommaso Vannelli, Chemistry Faculty/WCCFT President

Still have questions about our new faculty contract? Curious as to how the tier system is progressing? Do you have ideas of issues you think the union should take on? Come share snacks and chat with your WCCFT Union Executives about what is on your mind!


Building Community in the Classroom: 4 Connections—KUL 222
Presented by: Justin Ericksen, English Faculty; Kaatje Kraft, Geology Faculty

This interactive workshop introduces participants to the 4 Connections and their value for educators and students. The 4 Connections is a research-based, equity producing framework that focuses on building intentional relationships between students and faculty in ways that increase student completion, reduce equity gaps, and ensure the quality of student learning. This framework rests on four basic pillars: Interact with students by name, Check-in regularly, Hold 1-on-1 meetings, and Practice paradox. While these four pillars are simple, fostering and strengthening relationships in ways that deepen learning is hard work and benefits from connection between educators as well. Recent research shows that this hard work is paying off in the closing of equity gaps for students, so please come share your knowledge and practices while building our community and benefiting from the wisdom and experience of your colleagues.


The Library Reference Desk Presents: The Six Stages of the Information Seeking Process—HNR Library
Presented by: Kiki Tommila, Susan Witter, Heather Williams, and Margaret Bikman, Faculty Librarians

Students who are creating new knowledge from research typically go through six recognizable stages. These stages are healthy and productive and sometimes uncomfortable. This workshop will help faculty and staff recognize where our students are in the research process and identify what tools can help the researcher at the point of need. In this session, the library will offer teaching tools and tutorials, both physical and electronic, that can be used as Information Literacy assignments or dropped in the Canvas classroom. Have you ever wondered what a modern reference interview looks like? Join us for a walk on the reference side of the desk.


To Boldly Go…—KUL 223
Presented by: Ulli Schraml, Associate Director for International Programs; Rhonda Daniels, English Faculty/Division Chair; Ian Stacy, History Faculty; James Spaich, English Faculty

Short-term study abroad? Yes! Join this session, to learn about the various aspects on how to prepare a successful proposal to provide an educational opportunity for students. Current program lead, James Spaich (Northern India) will provide strategies for writing a strong proposal. Previous program leads, Rhonda Daniels (Scotland), Ian Stacy (Germany & Poland) will share their insights on recruitment strategies, and experiences on taking students abroad.


Neck, Shoulders and Lower Back Care—PAV 201
Presented by: Michal Retter, Physical Education Faculty

Join Michal Retter, E-RYT, for an effective antidote to stiffness and poor range of motion from normal everyday activities such as desk work, computer work, cell phone usage, etc. This session will explore tips and tactics for improving our neck, shoulder, and lower back care. Participants will open their shoulders into positions to allow a freer movement pattern. These improved motions can decrease stress due to irritated tissues, and make our chosen activities smoother and easier to perform. Neck exercises that will improve strength and prevent degeneration in neck joints will be practiced, as well as stretches to the lower back. Michal will also focus on relaxation techniques to release tension, calm your mind, and recharge your body.  This session is essential for people who live with stress, tension, and pain to learn how to use focus and breathing to relax the body and thereby increase and improve the quality of daily life!


“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness” -Thich Nhat Hanh