ARC GATHERING III
"Good Ideas" - Panel and Conversation
Thursday, May 7, 8:00am-9:30am (Pacific Time)
SUMMARY. Gathering III provided an opportunity to share stories and ideas about how we can support resilience in our students, ourselves, and our institutions during this time.We heard directly from ARC members about their resilience work and discussed how these ideas might apply to our own unique institutions. Four brief presentations were followed by large-group discussion:
· Hilary Simon (Social and Emotional Learning Analyst, Western Governors University) described a multi-session program based on the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Program.
· Viv Bell (Academic Skills Consultant, University of Salford, UK) described adapting an 8-topic academic resilience program to a webinar format.
· Judit Török (Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Pratt Institute) described the value of unstructured agenda-less coffee hours for faculty to provide opportunities for reflection and support.
· Kathy Takayama (Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, University of Maryland) described ways of promoting student metacognition and “small acts” that value intrapersonal reflection and interpersonal connection.
THEMES. Emergent themes included: (a) increased appreciation in our communities for opportunities for unstructured interpersonal connection, such as coffee hours, check-ins, gatherings; (b) the ways in which resilience training/development is considered in different contexts to be an educational, clinical, or personal (i.e., non-clinical, non-educational) endeavor, with related differences in terms of who in the university structure is “responsible” for it; (c) the ways in which attention to resilience is considered either “extra” or “integral” to the college experience and to the mission of higher ed; and (d) the ways in which resources are provided to students which would also be helpful to faculty/staff, but are not available to them, and vice versa (that is, wonderful resources sometimes arise in HR, or Student Services, or Faculty Training, but might not cross these boundaries even within the same institution).
HELPFUL IDEAS/RESOURCES. During the presentations and in the accompanying chat, a number of links were shared, including:
Pheonix Flops, Elon University
Advice for Students YouTube Series, University of Minnesotahttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCxbV2kTqsxPPAmAz2Ul6Hned-WQiGSJ0
28-Day Challenge, Brooklyn Art Gallery
Small Acts: Simple self-questions to help students prepare, engage, be present, Kathy M. Takayama
Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania