Professional Communities of Inquiry (PCI)

The Center for Teaching and Learning, Hispanic Serving Institution Project INSPIRE invite faculty, staff, and administrators, to join a Professional Community of Inquiry (PCI).  To register, please continue to fill out an application.

WHAT is a Professional Community of Inquiry (PCI)? A PCI is a group of people who share a concern or passion on a particular topic and are energized by inquiry, and deep learning about concepts and practices that inform that topic. Designed to be flexible and developmental, PCIs accommodate a range of topics and different levels of rigor and participation.

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Two PCI Programs are introduced for the Spring 2019 semester 

A. Inquiry into Equity, Inclusion, Power and Privilege: Kickoff event Jan. 28, 2019, 3:30 -4:30 pm

This PCI Program is the first block in a series of professional learning opportunities that support development and practice of a set of knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for advancing personal and workplace intercultural effectiveness and critical consciousness.  Choose from activities including “Building Intercultural Competence in the Classroom”, “Uprooting Racism: A Reading Group”, Luke Wood’s “Black Minds Matter” workshops. Completion of an orientation workshop and 4 Community Activities will enable participants to prepare Equity Action Projects for the Fall 2019 Semester.  Limited funding will be available for some of these Fall Equity Action Projects including those that support Student Peer Programs.   Please download the PCI syllabus

HOW does this PCI program work?  There are two options to participate:

Option 1: To be a member of the Equity PCI is easy:

i. Apply here to enroll in the Equity PCI Canvas Course and view activities and dates.
ii. Participate in as many of the PCI sponsored events as you like and contribute to the online reflections.

Option 2: To complete the “Spring 19 Inquiry into Equity Block” and earn a certificate there are 5 steps:

i.  Apply here to enroll in the Equity Canvas Course and see activity options and schedule: URL1 TBD
ii. Attend one of the Equity PCI program orientation sessions: 

Friday Feb. 8, 1:30-3:00
Monday Feb. 11, 3:00-4:30
Monday Feb. 12, 3:00-4:30
Additinal Orientation Session TBD

iii. Participate in or complete 4 of the Equity events, workshops, or online modules
iv. Create an equity project or research plan to be conducted in the Fall of 2019 – template provided
v.  Introduce your project plan with a poster at an end of the semester culminating event, Friday May 10, 2019 3-5 pm.

Facilitators: Bridget Parsh, Professor of Nursing, Tina Jordan, AVP Student Affairs

B. Inquiry into “How Learning Works” This PCI will focus on the book “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching”

HOW does this PCI work? There are two options to participate:

The reading group will meet 5 times during Spring 2019 semester, Fridays 1:00-2:30 pm
Meeting Dates: February 22, March 15, March 29, April 5, April 26

Option 1: Drop in to any of the scheduled reading group meetings, a copy of the book will be on reserve at CTL and can be accessed at the Library.

Option 2: Commit to attend the 5 scheduled meetings and help to co-facilitate a meeting. A copy of the book will be purchased for you.  A Certificate of completion of “How Learning Works” Reading Group will be awarded upon completion of all reading group reflections.

Facilitators: Young-Im Lee, EunMi Cho and Patrick Pieng 

Applications Due on Friday, February 8th, 2019 by 5pm.

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