Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Great Thanksgiving Listen



StoryCorps has a big project coming up nationwide this Thanksgiving weekend. The Great Thanksgiving Listen is an "assignment in the act of listening" in which participants are encouraged to record interviews with loved ones using the StoryCorps app. Participants can then publish their interviews and make them searchable by keywords of their own choosing.

There is a useful resource list here for anybody who wishes to participate - encourage your students!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ice Skating Trip

Let's go ice skating on Friday! Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome. Please remember to share this with your students.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How LaGuardia Works: RSVP and Agenda


Next week Thursday is our annual professional development day, and the focus this year is on How LaGuardia Works. If you have not yet RSVPd, please do so. The agenda for the day is below.

Breakfast
8:30am – 9:00am
Location
NY Designs – Room C760
Plenary
9:00am – 10:00am
Resolving Challenging Situations
How can we balance the requirements and expectations of LaGuardia and our programs with the learning needs of the students in our classrooms? What do I do when faced with an emergency or challenging classroom situation? How can behavioral problems be resolved? What supports are available to me? These questions and more will be addressed in this informative and interactive presentation.

Presenters
David Housel, LMSW, ACSW – Associate Director of CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP)
Dr. Regina Varin-Mignano, LCSW-R, PhD – Manager of The Wellness Center and LaGuardia ASSIST

Location
NY Designs – Room C760
Breakout
Sessions
You will be able to attend two sessions. Please sign up during breakfast and the plenary.

Session1
10:15am – 11:00am

Session 2
11:15am – 12:00pm
How To Navigate The LaGuardia System
What kind of support does LaGuardia offer to faculty and staff?  This workshop will help you navigate key services as an employee of this enormous institution. Representatives from various college offices will explain benefits, CUNY Work/Life, and Public Safety. Bring your questions!

Presenters
James Grantham (Public Safety), Claudette Gray (Human Resources), Karamvir Kaur (Human Resources)

Location
C322

Resolving Challenging Situations: A Dialogue
This workshop is a continuation of the morning plenary where panelists will share how they have resolved challenging situations in their various positions of coordinator, teacher, and frontline staff.  Participants will then be able to share their own challenging situations and get help from the moderator, panelist, and fellow participants around how to get the support they need to resolve these—or future—situations.

Moderator
David Housel (CLIP)

Panelists
Yvette Alphonsus (TELC), Magda Kieliszek (TELC), Marlene Machado (CLIP)

Location
C320
The Green Classroom
Recycled paper. Refillable markers. Are our choices as teachers helping to make LaGuardia greener? We’ll share how we try to save paper and energy. Our evolving classroom strategies develop our technological skills and get our students and colleagues interested in sustainability.

Presenters
Cyndi Casey (CLIP), Linda Chin (CLIP), Rob Murray (CLIP), Rebecca Olerich (TELC), Bill Woodward (CLIP)

Location
Room C333

Lunch
12:15pm
Location
NY Designs – Room C760

Monday, November 2, 2015

First-Generation Americans


Over at Refinery 29, there's an essay on the experiences of first-generation Americans. The writer and photographer visited three families in the suburbs of New York City - the Wongs, the Ciancios, and the Guptas - and spoke to the adult children and the immigrant parents about their lives in this country. Why not read it with your class and talk about the theme of assimilation?