A Message From the Founding Director – December

Happy Holidays from the Teaching for Learning Center

After a well-deserved winter break, January ushers in a spirit of renewal and reinvention. Join us for the 4th Annual Teaching Renewal Week, January 14 – 18, 2019. It is an experience wherein colleagues gather for inspiration, collaboration, and action on a wide variety of teaching for learning goals.

In particular, may I draw your attention to the Design Workshops on January 17 (afternoon) and 18 (morning)? These interactive sessions signal the commencement of a year-long process to catalyze our community imagining a desirable, not default, future for the teaching and learning ecosystem at Mizzou.

Bring your optimisms, skepticisms and pessimisms; your issues, problems and excitements; your conundrums and epiphanies; your best practices, innovations and risks; your successes, partial successes and failures; your experiences and ideas . . ..  In this way, together, we will begin evoking the unique constellation of signature programs that the new Teaching for Learning Center would host, facilitate, and/or advance with partners.

Highlights for the 2019 Teaching Renewal Week include:

  • a public conversation with Mizzou’s own Earnest Perry, Ashely Woodson, Joseph Erb, and Stephen Brookfield (the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul) on how they aspire to facilitate inclusively excellent learning environments
  • an interactive workshop that will help us operationalize inclusive pedagogy in the classroom with Stephen Brookfield
  • the kick-off to a year-long Strategic Thinking and Design process for the new Teaching for Learning Center (referenced above)
  • an opportunity to engage with Mizzou’s Interactive Theater Troupe, led by Suzanne Burgoyne, as they perform, “Parts of Speech.” This sketch explores the interplay between religious diversity and free speech in a fictitious college course.
  • several workshops with ET@MO, the Campus Writing Program, and the Career Center
  • Also, featuring workshops by Beth Whitaker on “Understanding the Ecotones of Your Class: Making Every Minute Count,” and Steve Keller and Deborah Huelsbergen, on how to “Rock the First Day”

Access our website to review the full program for Teaching Renewal Week, 2019.

RSVP for Teaching Renewal Week

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you in January!


Victoria (Tori) Mondelli, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Teaching for Learning Center

P.S. There is still time to sign up for December’s Teaching Academy on Tuesday, December 11, “Mastering Canvas Grades,” presented by ET@MO: