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FOCUS Academy

The FOCUS Academy is designed to provide support and structure for faculty working together in professional learning communities. The Academy provides in-depth training on andragogy, contextualized in the teaching and learning environment. For a period of one semester, participants are immersed in an interactive classroom environment to include active learning strategies and technologies around which they enhance their courses based on the principles and techniques they have learned. The delivery of these strategies creates an embedded form of professional development that can be observed by academy participants. The faculty member and his/her peers then engage in reflective dialogue on student learning and corresponding teaching practices. This process creates a community of reflective practitioners who are committed to embracing modern theories of learning to create an engaging classroom experience for all students. COMMON INSTRUCTIONAL FRAMEWORK (CIF) The CIF is an approach to teaching and learning that incorporates six powerful student engagement strategies that require the students to take an active role in their own education. Collaborative Group Work Scaffolding Questioning Literacy Groups Classroom Talk Writing to Learn









Office of Professional and Organizational Development

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Dates, Times and Locations

Room Name Workshop Date Begin Time End Time
STC Pecan Campus
1/24/2020 8:00 AM 11:30 AM
STC Pecan Campus
2/7/2020 8:30 AM 11:30 AM
STC Pecan Campus
2/21/2020 8:30 AM 11:30 AM
STC Pecan Campus
3/6/2020 8:30 AM 11:30 AM

Workshop Contacts

Name Type E-Mail Phone
Crista Hirmas Presenter
Erika Leal Contact (956) 872-7249
Cari Olea Contact (956) 872-6407

Special Accomodations
For requests for special accommodations for this workshop, please contact one of the individuals listed above at least ten (10) business days prior to the workshop date.