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Albuquerque Workshop

Albuquerque Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25, 2013
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Central New Mexico Community College, Main Campus
900 University Blvd., SE
Jeanette Stromberg Hall, Room JS 301
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 224-3000

CAE’s Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors

Presented by Gina Brissenden (Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), University of Arizona) and Rica French (MiraCosta College) and hosted by Central New Mexico Community College.

CAE is proud to be partnering on this workshop with the following Dept. of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions within New Mexico: Central New Mexico Community College, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State Univ.-Dona Ana, Northern New Mexico College, the Univ. of New Mexico-Taos Branch, and Univ. of New Mexico-Valencia County Branch.

Are you a current or future instructor teaching Astronomy or Space Science? Would you like your classroom to actively engage your students in discourse about the big ideas of your class; how evidence is used to understand the universe; and the role of science in society? We invite you to come to our CAE Teaching Excellence Workshop. Spend time with your colleagues becoming an effective implementer of active-learning instructional strategies. Learn how to transform your classroom into a vibrant learning environment that will:

  1. increase students’ conceptual understandings
  2. improve their abilities to think critically, interpret graphs, and reason about quantitative data
  3. motivate them to actively engage in their learning
  4. improve their self-efficacy
By participating, you’ll become part of a nationwide community of practice, along with over 4000 past workshop participants and other educators of Astronomy and Space Science. Our CAE community of practice is dedicated to helping each other, in a supportive online environment, through advice, recommendations, and conversation about effective implementation strategies, effective pedagogical resources, science education research, public policy, specific classroom resources, and more. Our Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshops will provide you with the experiences you need to create effective and productive active-learning classroom environments. We will model best practices in implementing many different classroom-tested instructional strategies. But most importantly, you and your workshop colleagues will gain first-hand experience implementing these proven strategies yourselves. During our many microteaching events, you’ll have the opportunity to role-play the parts of student and instructor. You’ll assess and critique each other’s implementation in real-time, as part of a supportive learning community. You’ll have the opportunity to face and conquer your fears of unfamiliar teaching in collaboration with kind and gentle friends and mentors before you try them by yourself in front of your students.
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Tier I Workshop topics will include:
  • Creating inclusive classroom environments
  • Strategies to improve retention & diversity of STEM majors & grads
  • Collaborative group learning
  • Interactive lectures, demonstrations, and videos
  • Effective uses of writing
  • Think-Pair-Share (Peer Instruction, Clicker Questions)
  • Lecture-Tutorials
  • Ranking Tasks
  • Assessment strategies (including homework, grading, and exams)
P.S. We at CAE are continually evolving our workshops based on the needs and recommendations of our workshop participants. If it’s been a while since you participated in one of our Teaching Excellence Workshops, we encourage you to participate again, as they have likely changed. Also, we encourage you to join your local CAE Regional Teaching Exchange.
Workshops Contact information:
Gina Brissenden:

This workshop is now closed. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please send us an email. Thank you.

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You can find a campus map here. There is free parking in the lot at Jeanette Stromberg Hall.

Hotel Information

The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information about hotels on their website: Hotel Information.

Also, there is a an Embassy Suites hotel just a couple miles from Central New Mexico Community College's Main Campus and close to the airport.

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