Hello, all:

There comes a point where too much information can be a burden, so I’m going to keep this e-mail short. First, just a reminder that if you’ve developed initial videos or e-mails to students to help restart the semester, and you’re comfortable with me sharing those with colleagues, please send them my way. I’ve already received some and have been impressed by the variety of styles and tones people have used, and by how much useful information they’ve provided about how they’ve restructured their courses. I hope to share these in the next few days.

Second, here’s a brief article about how to reclaim the joy we all have in teaching, even with our online pivot. Some of the early advice repeats materials I’ve already passed along, but some of the latter ideas struck me as key to our continued success working with students.

Next, an opportunity: Mays Imad, who’s written a great deal about teaching in times of stress, will be holding a webinar on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy (a term that, I swear, I never dreamed I’d have to use!) This event takes place tomorrow, Thursday 26 March, at 3:00 EST. I’ve included the webinar description, as well as a link for sign-up, at the bottom of this e-mail.

Finally, something on the lighter side, “The Introvert’s Guide to Social Distancing.” The title speaks for itself, and the piece actually contains sound advice for how to be happy when you’re at home (alone or otherwise) for a long time. A very very long time. A really really very long time. Give it a read.

Take care, all.


Webinar on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
Mays Imad, Ph.D., presenter
Thursday, 26 March, 12-1:00 PM (PST)

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country, many institutions of higher education have suspended classes, converted to virtual formats, and/or closed on-campus food and housing facilities. These changes not only disrupt students’ educational pathways, but also their daily lives, impacting their emotional and mental well-being. This webinar will examine the impact of traumatic experiences on students’ learning, and discuss strategies that can be used to mitigate this impact and improve educational outcomes.

When: Thursday Mar 26, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Arizona (PST)
Topic: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
Presenter: Mays Imad, Ph.D.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About the presenter: Mays Imad is the Coordinator of the Teaching & Learning Center at Pima Community College. She also teaches pathophysiology and biomedical ethics. She received her undergraduate training in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and her graduate training in Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology from Wayne State University-School of Medicine. Mays’s current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning.