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Supporting First- and Second-Year Students

Supporting First- and Second-Year Students

Date and Time

Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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This event is part of our Course Design Series 2021.

Help our newest students have a successful Fall 2021; session facilitated by Kevin Gannon.


A Pedagogy of Hope for Our Students and Ourselves.

While it may seem counterintuitive to talk about a pedagogy of hope in our current, fraught times, hope is the very foundation of student success. In this sense, hope is the product of agency and pathways. For our students to feel genuine hope that they will be successful in their time with us, they have to believe that success is in their power to achieve (agency), but also be able to discern what routes they need to take to reach it (pathways). This session will ask participants to imagine their own approaches to teaching and learning within this larger framework of creating hope for students. We’ll look at some of the most significant barriers to learning—such as not feeling a sense of belonging, or an unskillful approach to the learning climate—and identify specific strategies and practices to mitigate them. Finally, we’ll consider how embedding our pedagogy in an ethic of hope can help us find solidarity and community with our colleagues and sustain us in doing the hard work of teaching.

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For more information, please visit: Spring/Summer 2021 Opportunities


(616) 331-3498

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