Communication Workshop for Professional Development (PD 1)

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Learn new skills & build stronger relationships together with your work group through a blend of short lectures, experiential learning, real-time application & fun exercises.

Workshop objectives include:

  • Developing greater leadership skills
  • Enhancing personal relationships & trust
  • Building communication skills for effective collaboration

Participants develop key professional skills and ways to collaborate effectively, employing concepts used by top-level executives, managers and supervisors to improve the quality of their relationships and better meet the needs of those served by their organizations. 

Attendees identify processes and strategies for improving the quality of relationships and the work environment. After identifying practical ideas for improving the relationships in their groups, participants seek and obtain useful feedback. Each group harvests practical processes and strategies to implement, and then reports their planned actions and next steps. 

The Strengths & Styles Workshop (PD 2) builds on this workshop. The Communication Workshop and Strengths and Styles Workshop are most effective when held within 6 months of each other.

 

Who Should Attend

This professional development workshop is designed for intact work teams of Student Services staff and administrators, as well as for those who work in one or two-person offices and have regular contact with students.

 

Participate!

This two-day workshop is offered upon request by a college. Contact ACE for details.

 

Strengths & Styles Workshop for Professional Development (PD 2)

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This workshop provides a great opportunity for work teams to learn new skills & build stronger relationships through a blend of short lectures, experiential learning, real-time application & fun exercises. 

The Strengths and Styles Workshop is a two-day intensive that supports members of a work team as they discover their personal strengths and identify their working styles. This workshop builds on the results of the Communication Workshop, deepening the quality of relationships–with the goals of improving team outcomes and morale.  

Workshop objectives include:

  • Greater appreciation for each person’s strengths and the strengths of colleagues and work teams
  • Greater understanding of how our differences can become a collective advantage
  • Increasing the capacity of all to collaborate and work together effectively

The Strengths and Styles Workshop supports participants to review the strategies and processes for improvements that they developed during the Communication Workshop. Attendees harvest insights gained during the interim period after the Communication Workshop– the story of what has unfolded–and identify what can be learned from the experiences.

Participants identify personal strengths and learn about the working styles of the members of their work teams. By gaining a deeper understanding of the strengths and challenges of the styles of their work colleagues, they can increase the effectiveness of these relationships. Knowledge of individual styles helps teams to better serve students, understanding their natural styles and thereby communicating more effectively.

Attendees complete a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) to assess the current state of their systems, and their readiness and commitment for further collaboration and innovations.

Participants identify and then present their improvement strategies, for the highest impact with the least effort, to their management team. 

 

Prerequisite

Communication Workshop (PD 1)

The Communication Workshop and Strengths and Styles Workshop are most effective when held within 6 months of each other. 

 

Who Should Attend

This professional development workshop is designed for intact work teams of Student Services staff and administrators, as well as for those who work in one or two-person offices and have regular contact with students.

 

Participate!

This workshop is offered upon request by a college.


 

 

Behavior System Integration Workshop

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The behavior system developed for the ACE Bridge Semester is an integral cornerstone of the program. This workshop explains the principles of the ACE behavior system and how it is effectively implemented. Participants will also learn how to integrate courses and coordinate assignments for a more successful semester.

 

Who Should Attend

All instructors teaching in the ACE program are required to attend this workshop prior to teaching in ACE for the first time. Experienced ACE instructors are also welcome.

 

Agenda

The goal of the workshop is to provide ACE faculty with a common framework and consistent set of tools that encourage positive behavior and address disruptive behavior, supporting conditions in the classroom for optimal learning.

A typical session agenda includes:

  • Discuss ACE’s Inside-Out philosophy
  • Explain in detail the core Behavior System
  • Explore supplemental strategies and tools
  • Apply the Behavior System to typical scenarios
  • Briefly review approaches to coordinate individual course content

 

Prerequisite

Experiential Learning Institute (FELI)

 

Presentation Materials

Behavior System Integration Materials

 

Recorded Presentation

Behavior System & Integration Workshop Session 1/7/2011

 

Participate!

This half-day workshop is offered twice annually, typically in January & again in June or August. To attend, you must receive an invitation from ACE or the ACE Coordinator at your college. Visit our Upcoming Events page for more information.

 

Behavior System Integration Materials

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Core Elements

 

Supplemental Tools

 

SJRC Curriculum Integration

 

Behavior System Workshop

 

Social Justice Research Course (SJRC) Workshop

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In this workshop, an experienced SJRC mentor will explain the course curriculum and give instructors techniques for successfully guiding students through a primary research project.

 

Who Should Attend

All instructors teaching SJRC for the first time are required to attend this workshop prior to the start of their first semester. Experienced SJRC instructors are also welcome.

 

Prerequisite

Experiential Learning Institute (FELI)

 

Participate!

This half-day workshop is offered twice annually, typically in January & again in June or August. To attend, you must receive an invitation from ACE or the ACE Coordinator at your college. Visit our Upcoming Events page for more information.

 

Team Self Management (TSM) Course Workshop

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In this workshop, an experienced TSM mentor will lead participants through the curriculum and provide insights into the pedagogy through personal experiences.  

 

Who Should Attend

All instructors teaching TSM for the first time are required to attend this workshop prior to the start of their first semester. Experienced TSM instructors are also welcome.

 

Prerequisite

Experiential Learning Institute (FELI)

 

Participate!

This half-day workshop is offered twice annually, typically in January & again in June or August. To attend, you must receive an invitation from ACE or the ACE Coordinator at your college. Visit our Upcoming Events page for more information.

 

Experiential Learning Workshop

The Experiential Learning Workshop offers a two-day taste of fun and experiential exercises that enhance effective communication for college staff and administrators. The workshop employs concepts used by corporate management programs, offering an opportunity for members of the college community to experience the same approach used in the ACE Five-Day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) for faculty and administrators, and in the ACE Foundation Course (FC) for students. 

Experiential Learning Workshop participants learn a lot about each other, and gain a deeper understanding of concepts that faculty learn in a FELI and that students experience while attending the ACE semester long program. Graduates of this workshop will be better equipped to make informed decisions about which ACE model(s) will best support successful retention and completion for students at your college.

 

Who Should Attend

This professional development workshop is open to community college staff and administrators who want to learn more about ACE and have an opportunity to taste the ACE experiential environment.

 

Participate!

This workshop is offered upon request by a college.