Monday Musings

from The Kravis Center 

CORRECTION: Please note there was an in correct link in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion section. The link is corrected below. 


Thanks to Patricia Sasser via Elliott Dial for sharing this article that explains the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the organizational level.


Monday, January 14, 2019 

Dear Colleagues,

I'm not sure about you all, but the first full week of 2019 left me feeling very ready for some down time this weekend; the chilly winter weather reaffirmed my decision to lay low! From concerts to games to the debate tournament, there's been plenty going on around campus; I hope that you, too, have felt all the exciting energy at these various events!

In advance of Tony Hatch's convocation and the various programs that will follow on Saturday morning, this week's Monday Musings has several articles to consider related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rachel's email next Monday will continue this trend as we kick off our weeklong celebration of Dr. King. We are incredibly grateful for all the hard work that's gone into planning these events, and very much look forward to attending the various sessions throughout the week!

We would like to know what you are reading, so if you have any book suggestions, whether related to education or not, please feel free to list them in this google form. As a quick reminder of the internal PD opportunities taking place in the coming weeks, we will host two workshops to be held on January 24 and February 21 (they will be held concurrently on both dates). Lena will lead a session on how to help our students learn and employ effective study strategies. The second, to be led by Scott and Jen, will focus on how to incorporate the PHI into our curriculum. The winter Open Classroom Week (OCW) will run from February 11-15. Sheila will again host a gathering for all participants - the date of that gathering is yet to be determined.

Stay warm out there!



Harrison, on behalf of The Kravis Center




Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Here is the abstract from Professor Hatch's book, Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America. The abstract is worth a read before his visit to campus, and is short enough to share with your advisees.

Thanks to Patricia Sasser via Elliott Dial for sharing this article that explains the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the organizational level.

And thanks to Patricia (via Twitter), again, for this article: "Visions of Schools Without White Fragility", Culturally Responsive Leadership.

Study Skills in the Digital Age

Thanks to Laura Rochette for sharing the following two articles that focus on how devices and other technology make it challenging for our students to develop and practice strong study skills. We'd strongly encourage everyone to join one of Lena's two sessions (1/25, 2/21) on how to incorporate study strategies into our curriculum.

The first article assesses how students can tackle digital distraction: "Digital distraction is emerging as a major problem for learners, whose attention is constantly diverted in a world of screens."

Although the second article critiques the seemingly ubiquitous presence of laptops in college lecture halls, many of the points can be applied to homework time for our students.

Mental Health and Wellbeing
(thanks to Chris Weed for sharing these articles!)

Anxiety in Children: A Metaphor to Put You in Their Shoes

A TedTalk by Brené Brown titled "Listening to Shame"

"The Perils of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn to Back Off.", NPR.  

Professional Development Opportunities


CAIS conferences and workshops:
The Writing Initiative at Loomis is hosting Writing in Math/Math in Writing on January 31 featuring Dr. Ben Fischer and Hudson Harper.

Using Video for Professional Development, Edutopia

Although video recording of a class is a key component of Evaluation B, we highly recommend this practice as a regular feature of teacher professional development. We have Swivl capability in The Kravis Center - come and find out more about this fun, efficient, and easy way to video a class.

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning I attended a weeklong workshop on the neuroscience of learning at CTTL in July 2018 and am eager to talk about the experience with anyone who is interested. Thank you to all who piloted Neuroteach Global, an initiative created by CTTL and now funded by the Chan/Zuckerberg Initiative.

Here is the link to external professional development opportunities. This is a live document open to all faculty,  so please feel free to add comments or PD opportunities that you may have had and would like to share.



Kravis Center portal page


Please fill out this form for suggestions for Thursday morning PD opps.



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