CTL Professional Development Calendar

Professional Development and Training Opportunities for CNM Faculty


  1. Log in to MyCNM.
  2. Click on the Employee tab in the left-hand menu.
  3. Under the CNM Talent Management section, click Talent Management.
  4. Select Browse for Training.
  5. Under the Subject heading on the left of the screen, click on CTL Faculty Training.  Locate the session you wish to attend, and then click on Request.

    This will register you for the session, and you will receive an email notification with a calendar invitation.  You will also receive a reminder two days prior to the event.

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Magna Live Seminar: Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Date: Tuesday April 23, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Locations: Main Campus–KC 110, Montoya Campus–H 108, Westside Campus–MJG 203

While we often associate trauma with returning veterans, or victims of physical or sexual assault, studies have found that as many as 65-85% of students have been exposed to traumatic events by the time they are college age, with many experiencing repeated developmental trauma due to war, poverty, persecution, toxic stress, violence, displacement or adverse childhood experiences (Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study). Following on the work of medical and criminal justice institutions to create a “trauma Informed approach” within their environments, there is a surge toward adapting these approaches in the classroom and in academic institutions as a whole. It is our challenge to recognize how the effects of these trauma experiences may collide with the structure and demands of higher education. We can begin to remove the barriers to their success and avoid re-traumatization by understanding and recognizing signs of trauma in our students and developing a trauma-informed classroom.

Why is this program so important? It is vital that educators understand the pervasiveness of trauma in student populations and create new strategies and considerations for educating these students. Increased awareness of how trauma affects performance and behavior allows educators to develop a trauma-informed approach, in order to create a safe and accessible learning environment where students can succeed.

Anyone who watches this program will understand the prevalence of unrecognized trauma in the general population and in the educational setting, learn to identify common characteristics of trauma, be able to recognize how maladaptive behaviors serve as coping skills in trauma survivors, learn the six principles for creating a trauma-informed classroom, and will learn strategies to evolve the learning environment and avoid re-traumatization.

Learning Goals 
Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the breadth of trauma that is experienced within our student populations
  • Recognize signs of trauma in the classroom
  • Understand common barriers and triggers for trauma survivors in the learning environment
  • Gain practical skills and strategies for creating a trauma-informed classroom

Here's What We'll Cover

  • Defining trauma and the trauma response
  • Trauma and the classroom environment
  • What does it mean to be “trauma-informed”?
  • Strategies for creating a trauma-informed classroom

Who Should Attend

  • Faculty/instructors
  • Instructional Designers
  • Faculty Development Staff
  • Counselors/Mental Health Therapists
  • Medical Staff
  • College Administrators
  • Deans of Students
  • Conduct Officers

MaryAnn Raybuck 
NOVACares Case Manager, Northern Virginia Community College

Magna Live Seminar: Engage Early, Build Trust, and Gain Student Retention and Success

Date: Tuesday April 30, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Locations: Main Campus–KC 110, Montoya Campus–H 108, Westside Campus–MJG 203

What happens during the first week of class sets the tone for the entire term and can affect retention and student success. For students to work well together in classes, a degree of trust must exist between them, and building this trust quickly is key. Learn about the concept of swift trust, which comes from business but applies to education as well. In online classes especially, building trust is key not just to the student-to-student learning community but between students and the instructor. A course where trust is built within the first two weeks should see better learner engagement and better retention. We’ll talk about what swift trust is and methods of building it within any course (face-to-face and online).

Learning Goals 
Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Define “swift trust” as it applies to education
  • Identify practical ways to build swift trust early and sustain it throughout an online course
  • Select and use specific swift trust activities appropriate for any course

Here's What We'll Cover

  • Defining the importance of building swift trust early in classes to create the best possible learning community and environment
  • Exploring and applying swift trust in any course you teach
  • Reviewing supporting cases on swift trust and how it has actually benefited others
  • Activities you can begin using right away to build and sustain swift trust

Benefits of Using "Swift Trust" Techniques

  • Learning about swift trust and how to cultivate it may lead to better retention
  • It can take up to two weeks for students to feel comfortable in an online class—activities that build swift trust may decrease that time barrier
  • Accomplishing swift trust between instructor and learner and among learners may lead to better engagement and interaction through the rest of the course in all activities, therefore leading to greater student success
  • Should see more engaged learners who will reach out for help
  • Better retention of students in their courses

Who Should Attend

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • eLearning Specialists
  • Distance Learning Coordinators
  • Faculty Development Staff
  • Student Retention Staff

Wren Mills, PhD 
Assistant Director, Western Kentucky University

Media Literacy for Educators

Date: Tuesday May 21, 2019
Time: 4 pm – 5 pm
Locations: Main Campus–SRC 204 Multi-Purpose Room (formerly Richard Barr Boardroom)

Join us for an interactive presentation on how to integrate media literacy curriculum in your classroom or organization. Participants will learn multi-media literacy principles and best practices for using media literacy to develop students' digital and information literacy and critical thinking.

Andrea Quijada is a nationally recognized media literacy expert and provides consulting services to organizations and schools on a range of media literacy topics. She is the former executive director of Media Literacy Project where she spent 13 years developing media literacy curriculum and providing media literacy trainings to various audiences across the United States and in countries such as Britain, Uganda, Germany, and Mexico.

Magna Live Seminar:  Improve Academic Lectures with TED Talk Principles 

Date: Thursday May 23, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Locations: Main Campus–KC 110, Montoya Campus–H 108, Westside Campus–MJG 203

TED Talks have come to represent the pinnacle of effective presentations. Concise, engaging, and memorable, they are increasingly the yardstick by which speakers—including university faculty—are measured. Yet TED Talks are very different than academic lectures: they are one-time, high-profile, short presentations for an enthusiastic and voluntary audience for which the speaker receives ample practice and professional coaching. Despite these differences, there are principles we can distill from TED Talks that can make ordinary lectures and talks more effective. In this Magna online seminar, we will watch and analyze snippets from TED Talks and discuss five TED principles that will help make academic lectures more compelling while still maintaining educational integrity and substance.

Learning Goals
Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Make a connection with your audience
  • Establish a clear, consistent throughline
  • Apply the 5 Cs of storytelling

Here's What We'll Cover
Five elements of TED talks applied to higher-education lectures:

  1. Idea
  2. Throughline
  3. Connection
  4. Story
  5. Structure

Who Should Attend 

  • Faculty
  • Administrators
  • Instructional designers

Marie Norman, PhD 
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh