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2014-2015 Events

Check back often for new events from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. We wish you a successful 2014-2015 academic year. For more information about an upcoming event, email cetl@uscupstate.edu.

World Language Teachers’ Workshop

“Building LIFE LANGUAGE SKILLS into your Curriculum”

Facilitator: Linda Egnatz
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sansbury Campus Life Center Ball Room
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Workshop Description

The REFLECTIONS World Language Teachers’ Workshop is for teachers of all levels, from the elementary to the university level. Recent research, published studies, the 2012 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines and the South Carolina Standard for World Language Proficiency (June 2013) have all addressed the topic of demonstrating proficiency in a world language. This information led workshop coordinators to choose a focus that is twofold:  Designing a curriculum to build life language skills and to kindle communication for all language learners.

The facilitator of this year’s workshop is Linda Egnatz, the 2014 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. Egnatz teaches Spanish at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois and serves as the 2013 - 2014 president of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL). Among Egnatz’s many honors are the 2013 Golden Apple Fellow (Chicago, WTTW-111), 2013 Central States Conference Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, and the 2012 Illinois Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. 

Registration Information

Registration Fee (includes continental breakfast and lunch): 

  • Early registration: $45 for participants, $20 for students (all payments must be received by December 16, 2014)
  • Late and limited on-site registration: $55 for participants, $20 for students 

No refunds will be given after Friday, January 16, 2015.

Please return your completed registration form with a check or money order made payable to USC Upstate REFLECTIONS 2015.

Department of Languages, Literature and Composition
Humanities and Performing Arts Center, Room 222
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

For further information, contact Dr. June Carter, professor of Spanish at jcarter@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5881.

Registration Form | Workshop Description | Letter to Educators

Fall Kick-Off Event

"How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning?"
Dr. Christy Price

Monday, September 23

CLC Quiet Room 

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshop Description

A primary concern of instructors is that the students of today don’t seem to be taking responsibility for their own learning.  All too often students attribute their ability to achieve learning outcomes as solely dependent upon the instructors and their methods.   Drawing from the research in both cognitive and educational psychology, Dr. Price will help participants apply what is known about encouraging students to take charge of their own learning therefore becoming more effective and responsible learners.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • the behaviors of the responsible learner and the literature related to what motivates student responsibility.
  • to identify specific practices that promote student responsibility.
  • how they might alter their interactions and course structure to promote more student responsibility for learning.

Specific practices that promote student responsibility such as the use of the flipped classroom, the use of feedback and assessment and collaborative learning will be presented. 

About Dr. Price:

Christy Price HeadshotA professor of psychology and the founding Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Dalton State College, Dr. Christy Price has been teaching at the collegiate level for 20 years. She is a nationally recognized authority on innovative teaching techniques to engage modern learners, and regularly presents as a keynote speaker at faculty development workshops. 

Dr. Price has received numerous awards for her use of innovative teaching strategies including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the Outstanding U.S. Professor for 2012 in the Baccalaureate Colleges category and the 2010 U.S. Professor Award for the state of Georgia. Dr. Price’s most recent research focuses on engaging millennial learners and preventing incivility in the classroom.

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Best Practices

"Best Practices To Enhance Teaching and Learning" 
Dr. Celena Kusch, Angela Starrett & Dr. Jonathan Storm

Event Flyer

Wednesday, September 10
Media 238
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

*Best Practices for October and November are to be announced.

LOL with CETL (Lessons on Learning with CETL)

Join us for TLC with CETL and LOL with CETL on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Please, check our schedule for exact program dates.

Book Club

"How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching"
by: Susan Ambrose

All meeting will be held in the CETL conference room, Media 234

Wednesday, September 17  1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September  30 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, October 151:30 – 3:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, October 28    2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5  1:30 – 3:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, November 18  2:00 – 3:30 p.m. 

Please contact CETL at cetl@uscupstate.edufor a copy of the book.

For past events, please visit our event archive page.

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Dr. June Carter
Director of Center for
Excellence in Teaching
and Learning

Lynda Davis
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Dr. John Masterson
Senior Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs

Dr. Clif Flynn
Associate Vice Chancellor for
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Cindy Jennings
Director of Learning Technologies 
Phone: 864-503-5470

Susannah Waldrop
Director of the Academic Support Center
Phone: 864-503-5414

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