CITL Teaching and Learning News: January 24, 2020

Jan 24, 2020, 14:38 PM
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Welcome to a New Semester!

We hope the Spring semester is off to a great start for you. CITL is here throughout the semester to help with all things teaching and learning. This newsletter comes out approximately every other week and can keep you informed about what teaching and learning related events are coming up. You can also schedule a consultation to work with us individually.

Are You Taking the English Proficiency Interview (EPI)this Fall?

CITL and the ESL-ITA Program are offering a series of four weekly workshops to help graduate students prepare for the English Proficiency Interview (EPI). Workshops will be held on February 4, 12, 18, and 26, from 5:30pm to 6:45pm, in room 428 Armory Building. Attendance is free, but registration is required at Questions? Contact us at

Spring 2020 Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning begins Feb. 12th

Come join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty (though all faculty are invited to come). We’ll share research-based strategies and best practices for improving student learning and your teaching. For returning attendees, there are several new workshops. Some of the topics are the Teaching Philosophy Statement for P&T, team projects, multimedia instruction, and cheating. Great conversation and handouts provided. Limited seating and registration required. See a flyer for the entire series.

Earn the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching

The CITL Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching can be earned in one semester by anyone who plans and implements a new teaching technology in class. Have you been wanting to move one of your lessons online? Try a simple educational technology like Socrative or Padlet in class? Make better use of online discussion boards? You could get CITL help for any of these ideas and more, make it happen in class, and earn a certificate for your work. See the application for the Certificate in Technology-Enhance Teaching for more details.

CITL Events & Workshops

Want to see what workshops and events are coming later in the semester? Look at our full calendar for more information.

Wednesday, January 29
Grow Where You're Planted: Teach Your Best in Any Classroom
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., Room432, Armory Building
Speaker: Leanna Duncan, CITL Graduate Affiliate
Thursday, January 30
Building Teacher-Student Rapport
5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Slav Dvoretskiy, CITL Graduate Affiliate
Tuesday, February 4
EPI Workshops, Session 1
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speakers: Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski, Jennifer Zhang
Thursday, February 6
Using Informal Early Feedback (IEF)
10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: David Favre, CITL
Monday, February 10
Using Informal Early Feedback (IEF)
1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Lucas Anderson, CITL
Wednesday, February 12
Jr. Faculty Spring 2020 Series, workshop #1: The Teaching Philosophy Statement for Promotion and Tenure
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL
Wednesday, February 12
EPI Workshop, Session 2: Learn how to use clarification and negotiation strategies to improve your listening and communication skills in English
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski, Jennifer Zhang
Thursday, February 13
Navigating the US Classroom: Strategies for International TAs
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Neha Gothe, Applied Health Sciences
Training Opportunities Across Campus
Want to see what training opportunities exist across campus? Though they don't usually count for CITL certificate credit, they can help you develop important technical and professional skills. Look at the Illinois Staff Training Calendar for more information. Also check out the Savvy Researcher Series, and Graduate College Events.
Tuesday, January 28
Faculty Job Search: Application Documents
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 217, Noyes Lab
Graduate College Career Development Events
Monday, February 3
Copyright for Educators
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., Room 314, Main Library
The Savvy Researcher Series
Counts towards CITL Teaching Certificates
Tuesday, February 4
Faculty Job Search: Interviewing
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 217, Noyes Lab
Graduate College Career Development Events
Teaching Tips

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

(From Faculty Focus.) Educational experiences for our students that integrate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), a philosophy of education that centers students’ cultural backgrounds as essential to their learning (Ladson-Billings,1994), is a powerful tool for preparing them for today’s professional environment, which increasingly acknowledges diversity as integral to success. People from different cultures arrive in our classrooms with culturally-based differences that influence how they interact with our courses. This does not mean that certain students (with certain identities) are capable of doing higher level work while other students (with other identities) are not. In other words, UDL and CRT are not about de facto tracking. Rather, by incorporating a range of learning strategies to address multiple perspectives, values, entry points, and opportunities for acquiring and demonstrating knowledge, educators can amplify the benefits of diversity.

10 Practical Approaches to Teaching

(From Faculty Focus) Students from different walks of life converge in a classroom for learning. They have different capabilities and personalities, adding to the diversity that comes with learning institutions. As such, if you want to be an effective teacher, you need to formulate and implement creative and innovative strategies that are practical and meet the needs of students. This applies to all teachers despite the duration they have been teaching. However, it can be difficult to know what works best with your students and what won’t work. You cannot apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach. You have to blend a range of different strategies practical enough to your practice. To offer the best classroom experience to students, you need to improve your teaching practice, build collegiality, and delve deeper into content knowledge. As such, here are some practical teaching tips for educators.