Greetings and salutations, friends and colleagues,

Welcome to April, a month that, in a nod to T.S. Eliot’s epic The Waste Land, an esteemed late colleague of ours – former Director of the Honors Program, Mike Daher – often referred to as “the cruelest month.”  Between the tantalizing but not yet fully realized promise of warmer temperatures and the final crunch of winter term – doing all that we can to shepherd as many of our students through to a successful conclusion – it almost seems as if Eliot specifically had a certain community college in Michigan in mind when he penned this line.

As we begin this final leg of the semester, this week’s Monday Morning Mentor focuses on translating strategies from a F2F modality – namely, classroom assessment techniques (CATs) – to the online environment.  As usual, this presentation is available on-demand through midnight this Sunday, April 9, and login details are provided below.

Next, here is one last reminder that The Fourth Annual Black Male Retention, Success, and Best Practice Conference will be held at HFC this Friday, April 7, 2023 (8:00-5:00).  Once again, we do hope that you can make some time to attend this important event.  Programming and registration information is supplied below.

Though it is a bit further off, June will also be upon us sooner than we realize, and recent LAND conference attendees have indicated that “The Grading Conference” is definitely a worthwhile event.  It is virtual with a registration fee of only $50, and this year it takes place June 9 and 10.  Below, you will find further details.

Finally, once more, please remember that the Michigan, College, University, Partnership (MiCUP) at Lawrence Technological University has been running immersive, in-person sessions for instructors this semester as well, examining how students are learning through authentic scientific experiments in the classroom.  Though two of these have already passed, one more remains on Friday, April 21. This final session will be held in the same location as the first two – on HFC’s campus in room J-110.  Scott Corp, project coordinator, has provided a flyer for these events, which is posted on the CTEI Moodle hub and is accessible here through this link. 

Meanwhile, although I close with the samse sentiment each week, it still always seems to bear repeating – please never hesitate to e-mail either or both of us if you have any questions or recommendations.   

Upcoming Events 

Event  Description  Time/Date Link 
Monday Morning Mentor How Can I Adapt 5 Popular Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to the Online Classroom? 4/3-4/9 Virtual On- Demand Video View Here Password: assessment473 
Partner Event: The Fourth Annual Black Male Retention, Success, and Best Practice Conference** Conference Focused on Promoting Improved Retention and Success Rates Among This Statistically At-Risk Population 4/7 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. In-Person Event Conference Webpage 
Partner Event: MCSS/ATD Roundtable Discussion Series** Equity in Gateway Courses and Guided Self-Placement Varying Days and Times – See Below for More Detail 
Visit the MCSS Events Page for More Information and Registration Links  
Partner Event: The Grading Conference** Two-Day Event Focused on Best Practices in Higher Ed Grading 6/9-10 Virtual Event Conference Website 
Partner Event: Inaugural HyFlex Collaborative Conference** Collaborative One-Day Event Bringing Together Higher Ed and K12 Educators 6/26 Virtual and In-Person Attendance Options Conference Website 
Partner Activity: ACUE’s Online Micro-credentialing** Open-Enrollment Opportunities to Complete Online Pedagogical Training at Your Convenience Ongoing Find Information Here 
Partner Activity: NISOD Online Professional Development Events**  Wide-Ranging Events on a Variety of Topics Ongoing Find Information Here 
Article Discussion Group* Participate in a Faculty-Led Discussion Group with Colleagues Various and Ongoing E-Mail Scott to Join a Group in Progress 

*Denotes a sponsored CTEI event that qualifies for AFO reimbursement. 

**Denotes a partner activity that may qualify for AFO reimbursement. Please see your area representative for further information.   


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