Spring 2021 Workshops

Our workshop page will be updated regularly so visit often!  REGISTER TODAY!

Hot Topics with President Lane Glenn

School House Rockin’: The SUCCESS Fund

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:30-1:30pm

This year, the Massachusetts Community Colleges successfully lobbied for an additional $7 million for the SUCCESS Fund, resources aimed at “scaling up” proven student success initiatives on our fifteen campuses. Given the years-long trend of reduced public support for higher education, and the financial constraints of the recent pandemic and economic recession, how were the colleges successful in securing this remarkable funding this year? In this “Hot Topics” we will discuss how the colleges work together on legislative and budget priorities, the role of presidents, trustees, government affairs staff, and others in the process, and the importance of storytelling, patience, and, sometimes, luck.

Designing an Assessment Plan

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10-11am OR Thursday, February 11 2-3pm

Hosted by Assessment Faculty Fellow Scott Joubert

This workshop will cover a step-by-step process for planning your department/program assessment plans, including establishing benchmarks, artifact types, artifact collection, and data analysis.

Understanding and Responding to Microaggressions

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 1-3pm

Facilitated by Better Lesson

Join us for an interactive session to explore a variety of microaggressions and ways in which we can avoid and respond to them. Concrete examples and video clips will be used as tools to enhance discussion and understanding. You will leave with a Teaching Tolerance tool for responding to microaggressions. This workshop is open to all faculty and staff.

Doctoral Student Support Group

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 11am-12pm

Join colleagues currently in doctoral programs to share strategies for being productive and staying sane during this rewarding and challenging experience. New doctors are also welcome to share their experience.

Happy Half Hour

Thursday, February 11, 202, 4pm-4:30pm

Connect with your colleagues. Bring your own wine!

Mindfulness Through Chocolate

Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:30-2pm

Mindfulness is a practice that helps you be in the moment. Rather than worrying about the past or stressing about the future, mindfulness help you to just be. Join us for a short mindfulness exercise where we will be in the moment while savoring chocolate.  What you will need for this session: a small piece of your favorite chocolate and a comfortable seating position.

Kanopy Film Discussion: Anita, Speaking Truth to Power

Wednesday, February 24, 2021,12:30-1:30pm

Hosted by Research Librarian Susan Leonardi

Join your colleagues for a discussion of the film, Anita, Speaking Truth to Power, about Anita Hill’s story of challenging gender-based violence in the political sphere in 1991. Go to Kanopy and log in with your NECC library card to watch the film ahead of the discussion. 

Coffee Break

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, 10-10:30am

Join Sharon, Kim and colleagues for connection and conversation.

What’s Bias?: Understanding Bias and Privilege

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1-3pm

Facilitated by Better Lesson

We will explore the unconscious thoughts that influence human behavior and sometimes result in bias. In whole group and small group discussions, we will explore implicit bias, racial bias, gender bias, and teacher (grading) bias. All participants will leave with a number of resources, instructional strategies, and tools for reducing bias in our work. This workshop is open to all faculty and staff.

Direct & Indirect Measures in Program Assessment 

March 8, 2020 at 10:00-11:00am or March 9, 2020 at 2:00 -3:00pm

Hosted by Assessment Faculty Fellow Scott Joubert

Join us for an open discussion on the various types of direct and indirect measures used in department/program assessment. We will explore why there is value in using both measures.

Conquer Impostor Syndrome: Boost Your Confidence & Advance Your Career

Wednesday, March 9, 2021, 12:30-1:30pm

Presented by Kim Meninger, certified executive and leadership development coach

Do you ever feel undeserving of your success?  Do you worry that you’ll be exposed as a fraud?  Do you assume others think you’re more capable than you actually are?

If so, you likely struggle with Impostor Syndrome, a term for the feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy many professionals face, particularly as we advance our careers.

In this session, you’ll learn:

·    Common triggers of Impostor Syndrome, including feeling different from the dominant culture around you

·    Tools to build your confidence and manage these disruptive feelings so that you can effectively achieve your professional goals

·    Strategies to foster greater confidence among your students and/or your team.

This session is open to all faculty and staff. Join us for an empowering session – and bring your friends!


The Center for Professional Development offers coaching and consultation services to faculty and staff. Whether you want to meet one-on-one to talk through a range of teaching, management, strengths, work/life balance, productivity or leadership questions we are here to serve as confidential resources and sounding boards.

Email Sharon McManus for more information.

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work
by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

Monday, March 1, 2021, 11-12 or Thursday, March 4, 2021, 1-2pm

This spring, join Instruction & Research Librarian Laura Mondt, Professor of English Elle Yarborough and Adjunct Faculty Fellow Pamela Hallock for discussions of the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work

Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy of LIZANDMOLLIE draw on what they have learned from behavioral economics, psychology, and their own experiences at countless organizations to show you how to bring your best self (and your whole self) to work every day.

Here is the link to order the EBook.

Center for Professional Development Drop-in Office Hour – contact Sharon McManus or Kim Burns

The Center for Professional Development Drop-in  Office Hour is an opportunity for employees to connect one-on-one with Sharon or Kim to connect and discuss professional development opportunities and resources. REACH OUT FOR A ZOOM LINK.

Holistic and Analytic Rubrics in Assessment

March 23, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am or March 24, 2020 at 2:00 -3:00 pm

Facilitated by Assessment Faculty Fellow Scott Joubert

Designing rubrics for program/department level assessment can often become overwhelming and confusing. Each discipline addresses content in different and meaningful ways and not all student learning is sequential. This workshop will cover discipline specific rubrics for your assessment process.

Compassion Fatigue Workshop

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 11:30-12:30

Facilitated by Gabe Garcia

Compassion Fatigue is real – and many of us are experiencing it, especially during this long year of the pandemic. Join us to talk about ways to combat compassion fatigue. 

Adjunct Office Hour

Wednesday, March 24 2- 3PM

Facilitated by Pamela Hallock

Please drop in and say hello. Pamela can also provide information on resources to meet your needs.

How to Make Risotto like a Pro

Wednesday, March 24   4- 5PM

Facilitated by Chef Denis Boucher

Join our very own Chef Denis for tips from a professional chef. Chef Denis will share the many things you can do with risotto. Join us for a hands-on cooking demonstration by Zoom live from our new Culinary Institute in Haverhill. 

Joy Workshop

Thursday, March 25, 2021  1:00-2:00pm

Facilitated by Christina Gardner-Burns

Put the winter doldrums behind you, and learn (or be reminded) to choose joy. Special guest reading by local poet & author, Dianne Tarpy. 

What you will need for this session: towel or blanket; space to lie down; and chair or couch nearby.

Meditation Mondays

Mondays, March 29 and April 26,  12:00 – 12:30pm

Hosted by Gabe Garcia

Meditation is a great way to begin your week. Join Counselor Gabe Garcia for a guided meditation to start your week with intention.

Trivia Happy Half Hour

Tuesday, March 30, 2021   4:00-4:30pm

Facilitated by Audrey Ellis

Join us for a Trivia Happy Half Hour and connect with colleagues!

Power Hour: Planning for the Month Ahead

Wednesday, March 31, April 28 and may 26, 2021  4-5pm

Hosted by the Center for Professional Development with Kim Burns

Plan the month ahead with intention. 

In this 1-hour meeting, you will: 

·    Review your priorities for the coming month

·    Schedule important to do items right into your calendar (this strategy is called time blocking)

·    Review upcoming meetings and obligations

·    Determine where your margin exists for preparing for important events or activities

·    Design space for recharging

We look forward to coming together for Power Hour. You will experience the maximum benefit if you have access to your calendar.

Coffee Break with a Surprise Celebrity Guest!

Thursday, April 1, 2021 10-10:30am

Join Sharon, Kim and a surprise celebrity guest for conversation and connection.

Anatomy of an e-Series

April 6, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am or April 7, 2020 at 2:00 -3:00 pm

Facilitated by Assessment Faculty Fellow Scott Joubert

This workshop will cover the process of completing your e-Series that is due in May. A significant focus will address action plans and closing the loop better preparing you to create an robust assessment plan for the next assessment cycle.

Adjunct to Adjunct with Adjunct Faculty Fellow, Pamela Hallock

Tuesday, April 22, 2021  1 – 2 PM

At our next gathering, we will discuss Chapter 5: Building Capacity for Equity-Mindedness among First-Generation Equity Practitioners, an excerpt from the book “Equity Walk to Equity Talk”. This is intended to be a peer to peer dialogue, sharing insights, thoughts, concerns, and questions surrounding this complicated and important topic.

Please email with any questions or for a copy of the chapter.

Microsoft Teams Workshop

Thursday, April 8, and may 20, 2021  12:30 – 1:30PM

Facilitated by Enoch Masih

We will explore Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams allows people to get together and work more efficiently. Teams give you a space where you can collaborate and share files, chat, make calls and much more. The workshop will be done on zoom.

Draw Your Day: A Great Way to Relieve Stress

Thursday, April 15, 2021  11-12pm

Facilitated by Clare Thompson

The pandemic has been hard. Okay, it’s been awful, so my daughter and I set out to find way to relieve the stress we are feeling as we face our day-to-day lives. On our journey, we discovered the practice of keeping sketch journal to capture moments we want to remember in our days. Inspired by the book, Draw Your Day: An Inpsiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal by Samantha Dion Baker, this workshop will review the benefits of using a sketch journal to remain mindful and grateful for the joys, challenges and rewards each day brings. Please join me for some mindful stress relief. No drawing skills or experience needed! Just bring your open mind, a pencil (add water color paints and a paintbrush if you are slightly more daring) and a sketch book or paper, and we’ll have some fun discovering the gems hiding inside our everyday lives. 

If you joined us in December, feel free to join us again.

Happy Feet Workshop

Thursday, April 29, 2021  1:00-2:00pm

Facilitated by Christina Gardner-Burns

Better than a pedicure: show your feet some real love, and get them ready for summer fun. Extra benefit? Your hips & knees & whole body might become happy as well. 

What you will need for this session: 2 tennis balls or therapy balls; towel or blanket; space to lie down; and chair or couch nearby.

Note: This is not a workshop to address personal foot issues, however common foot ailments will be discussed.

Happy Half Hour with Sharon and Kim

Thursday, April 29, 2021    4 – 4:30

Connect with conversation and a cocktail of your choosing!