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Conference Overview & Themes

2nd Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning at CNM

Please note: This event took place on February 21, 2014. The online program will remain available for reference.

The 2nd annual Conference on Teaching and Learning will consist of an opening plenary session, including a keynote address by Dr. James M. Lang, and 45 presentations, divided among three concurrent session periods, presented by our CNM colleagues.

The theme of this year's conference is “Cultivating Reflective Practice.” Reflective practice is the first step toward self-directed professional development. Through reflection, educators become more aware of the relationship between their instructional decisions and student learning; this awareness then underpins self-directed professional development aimed at improving student learning. During this conference, participants will move through and beyond the acquisition of new knowledge about teaching and learning towards identifying and creating opportunities to engage in enduring, sustainable professional growth.

In his book Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Stephen D. Brookfield discusses the four lenses of reflective practice in teaching, which enable the critically reflective teacher to gain increasing awareness about one's own teaching and effectiveness from multiple viewpoints.  We hope recognizing and beginning to look through these lenses at that this conference will be for many a first step toward becoming critically reflective practitioners.  In support of this effort, conference attendees who arrive and check-in early will be able to reserve one of 300 copies of Brookfield's book, which will be distributed a week or two following the conference.