Innovations 2018

Wow! What an honor it was to attend Innovations 2018 with my colleagues (aka partners in crime) Steve Sosa and Jennifer McGuire and represent Mountain View College in the process. It was an amazing experience and one we were able to share with a few MVC faculty members as well.

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This Innovations conference is designed to foster innovation in teaching and learning and enhance the higher education experience for students, faculty, and staff. This international event provided a forum for collaboration amongst academic experts and thought leaders in sessions dedicated to teaching and learning, leadership and organization, workforce preparation and development, student success, basic skills, and developmental education. There was truly something for everyone.

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The session we presented focused on professional development and employee engagement. Officially, “Professional Development for the Selfie Generation (and Everyone Else Too)” provided insight into the efforts taken during the past 1.5 years at Mountain View College to increase awareness, engagement, and participation in all-employee events.

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During the session, participants learned the state of professional development as a whole, the challenge of providing a variety of workshops, scheduling all-day events, employee engagement strategies, and ways in which MVC has set out to do things differently. We showcased how professional development could provide a fun and engaging experience at any college (full presentation below).

Attendees walked away with knowledge of social media engagement strategies they could utilize in their own institutions. To say our session was well received was an understatement. Days after our session was presented we still had attendees coming up to us sharing how much they loved our key message and that it was the best session they attended.

It’s a beautiful thing to see others so impressed by what we are doing at MVC and a great assurance that we’re doing some things right. 

For more information on the League of Innovations please visit www.league.org. The next conference is scheduled for February 24-27, 2019 in New York City!

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DCCCD Mentor Network

Dallas County Community College District is launching a new Mentor Network Program for full-time Professional Support Staff and Administrators. Are you interested in becoming a mentor or would you like to be mentored?

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As a mentor, you will enhance your coaching and listening skills while supporting the development of others.

As a mentee, you will build professional networks, gain exposure throughout the Network and hopefully achieve some of your professional and personal goals.

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Additional Information:

  • The overarching goal of employee mentoring within the DCCCD is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-functional learning-centered partnership where mentors and mentees are paired for a mutual discovery process with the intent to achieve specific goals.
  • A DCCCD mentor serves as a guide or learning facilitator in a mentee-driven relationship.  The mentor shares accountability and responsibility for achieving the mentee’s learning goals to foster growth and development.
  • A DCCCD mentee plays the role of an active learner to develop skills, abilities, knowledge, or thinking; and shares the responsibility and accountability for the achievement of goals.
  • A mentor facilitator act as a support during all phases of a mentor and mentee relationship.  Facilitators are trained in strategies and tools mentors and mentees will need to be successful in the critical first 90 days of the relationship throughout closure.  We currently have 18 trained mentor facilitators representing each campus/location throughout the DCCCD.

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Space is limited. Join the DCCCD Mentor Network today! Applications are available online at the Talent Development myPortal site or can be found below:

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Application Period Closes September 8, 2017

Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact Dominic Green at greendl@dcccd.edu or Rebecca McDowell at remcdowell@dcccd.edu.

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Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Program

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Wow, what an honor it was to participate in the Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Program January 30-February 3, led by coaches Scott Miller and Paul Walters. The Gallup Accelerated Strengths Coaching Program was a five-day training program designed to help understand talents and utilize them to reach goals, overcome obstacles, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities, educate others about how to use their strengths, and teach teams to discover, develop, and utilize unique talents for greater team engagement and productivity.

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My Top Five Strengths

  1. Responsibility
  2. Strategic
  3. Woo (Winning Others Over)
  4. Communication
  5. Self-Assurance

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All participants learned how to lead strengths based sessions, methods to develop creative icebreakers, team-building activities, and practices to enrich strengths based coaching. By the fourth day the entire cohort had developed a strong trust amongst each other as well as build new relationships. We even started a group Facebook page to stay connected and share success stories.

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The entire strengths based coaching program ended with reading a winner’s card to the person we coached all week along with their program certification. This is just the first step to becoming a certified coach. I will be taking my certification exam soon as well as coaching 6 individuals before I can fully complete the program. In the coming months you will hear about this unique program and ways in which MVC will integrate this on our very own campus. Stay tuned!

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Additional Resources

To learn more about StrengthsQuest and Gallup Education please visit the following links:

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MVC Teaching & Learning Center Open House

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During 2017 Spring Return Week, the Teaching & Learning Center held an open house session inviting all employees to this newly redesigned space. The space (W162 in front of the library) is now home to both eLearning and Professional Development staff.

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By consolidating existing staff into a single location (W162), we can begin to provide the institution with a consistent presence and drop‐in support related to the new scope of services under eLearning and Professional Development. Lack of presence and drop‐in support has been a missing element, as noted by faculty during previous return weeks.

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We’ve only just begin to fully operate within our new space and look forward to serving the institution in innovative ways in the future. Currently, the most common use of the space has been by faculty looking to schedule dedicated eCampus support (beyond the introductory sessions offered by the Instructional Support Labs) and employees curious about their Staff Enrichment Reports. We are also collaborating with the 3i Committee (aka the Teaching & Learning Committee) to customize future support models and services within the space. In case you haven’t had a chance to drop by, we highly encourage you to explore this new space!

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