Different types of educators at different levels of education have different incentives for teaching effectively. In higher education, institutions largely value research productivity and administrative successes over effective teaching, making it difficult for faculty to fully adopt the inclusive teaching principles they encounter. In K-12, high turnover, educator burnout, and lack of resources make it challenging for educators to consistently improve their teaching. Some educators lack the pedagogical and technological skills needed to yield positive learning outcomes in today's classrooms. The days of deposit theory and one-way knowledge transfer are long over. Applying teaching and learning theory to real classroom interactions with students is crucial, and creating community among students who are still recovering from the social isolation caused by the global pandemic can be a daunting task.
Cultivating belongingness and student wellbeing is the new standard for "good teaching." Educators struggle to understand the "why" and "how" behind supporting students in non-academic ways, especially those who team in fields like math and physics where these things are seen as binary. How do we incentivize, equip, and continuously support educators to teach well? How can we close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes overall through good teaching?
How Jordan can help you and your audience solve it:
JD has many uplifting stories about the power of good teaching from his work as a Project Coordinator at Georgetown University's teaching and learning center. Jordan works directly with faculty in both solo consultations and group settings, helping to design their courses, improve their interactions with students, and provide a space for the processing their experiences. If your educators are on the verge of burnout, want new ideas for how to transform their classroom, or need a spark of motivation to continue their great work, JD is your speaker.
Other Topis that Jordan addresses:
Fears around ChatGPT and AI technology
Innovative course and program design
Addressing student disengagement
Better storytelling around your work with students and/or research
Your audience will leave the keynote:
Inspired to make meaningful connections with one another - good teaching is not a solo effort
With student success and wellbeing as the #1 thing on their minds
Understanding the changing landscape of student engagement and what's working in the classroom
Excited to walk into the classroom/office on Monday morning!