Professional Development for Faculty and Staff

Spring 2017 Professional Development Series

Open to all Polk State faculty and staff. Watch your e-mail for details about each session.
Feel free to bring a lunch to sessions scheduled during lunch hours.
Participants receive a certificate of attendance. 

Online Options

Monday Morning Mentor
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Magna Publications – Free Podcasts


Best Practices for Supporting Veterans in the College Classroom
The number of student veterans on college campuses continues to increase. In this session, faculty will learn about the unique needs of student veterans and consider how to use best practices to support student veterans in the classroom. Attendees will also learn about the Post 9/11 GI Bill, misconceptions about student veterans, and current Polk State College initiatives and programs aimed at supporting veteran students.
Byron Loyd, Coordinator of Veteran’s Services
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Winter Haven, WST 127

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Lakeland, LTB 1125/A

Quality Matters (QM): Eight Ways to Clean up Your Online Course/s
The workshop will highlight 8 best practice standards of the Quality Matters rubric. Dale and Beverly will share ideas as they tour you through their QM- certified online courses. Open dialogue for cleaning up your online courses will be encouraged.
Beverly Woolery, Director Education Preparation Institute (EPI)
Dale Anderson, Professor Business
Date: Thursday, February 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Lakeland,LTB 1125/A


Developing Effective Internships
Prepare to learn about internships! Internships serve as the critical connection between what students learn in the classroom and how they will apply that knowledge in the workforce. During the session, you will learn how to develop and leverage industry connections to the benefit of your students. You will also learn how to prepare your students for internships, such as how to conduct resume reviews and interview preparation. Additionally, we will share best practices to effectively manage internships, such as dealing with unexpected situations and capturing lessons learned. The presentation will culminate with an internship strategy you can use to propel your students into meaningful careers after graduation!
Ryan Wallace, Professor Aerospace Science
Matina Wagner, Coordinator Internships and Experiential Learning
Date: Tuesday, March 7,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Lakeland, LTB 1125/A

The 4 C’s Map: A Brain-Based Instructional Design and Delivery Model
Do you want to design and deliver instruction based on how the human brain really learns? Join your colleagues to learn more about this brain-based instructional model. In this session, you will learn how to create engagement opportunities that capture students’ attention, allow students to think for themselves, and encourage students to learn from one another.
The Four C’s Model: Connections, Concepts, Concrete Practice, Conclusion.
Beverly Woolery, Director, Educator Preparation Institute
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Winter Haven, WST 127

I and E: Supporting the Introverts in Your Classroom
Attend this session for a discussion geared to both extroverts and introverts! The common attributes of your more “I” students, and ways in which you can support them more fully in their learning will also be covered.
Jim Rhodes, Professor Mathematics
Date: Wednesday, October 19,  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Lakeland, LTB 1121

Increasing Student Interactions Outside the Classroom: A Retention Effort
Retention is a topic of interest for faculty, staff, and administration in higher education as it is a reflection of both student success and institutional effectiveness. Factors such as academic grades, parents’ level of education, and integration into the college community have been shown to contribute to retention. Research also supports the claim that early, intensive, and continuous interventions, especially outside the classroom, are influential in keeping students enrolled in college. What can faculty do to increase these student interactions? In this presentation, the discussion will center on techniques for encouraging your students to not only engage in these one-on-one opportunities throughout the semester but also walk away from the conversation with meaningful suggestions for improving their performance in your class.
Megan Cavanah, Professor Mathematics
Date: Thursday, March 16,  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Lakeland, LTB 1125/A


Professional Development Day
Development Tracks:
Faculty Development – Enhancing Your Practice Professional Growth and Development Technology and Digital Media Fitness and Healthy Living
Date: Friday, April 7, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Lakeland Campus


Technology Training

The Instructional Technology Department offers a variety of training for faculty and staff. The trainings are offered face to face in the Lakeland TLIC (LLC 2269) and Winter Haven TLIC (Modular 2). Please note that we specialize in “just in time” training. The dates/times may not work well for you or your department; therefore, please contact your campus instructional technologist to find a date/time that will work for you.

*notates a strongly encouraged session