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, 2021 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, 202, 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!

Microsoft Teams

Coming in April, 2021, with Enoch

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. Join this workshop to learn the basics of Microsoft Teams.


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, 11am-12pm 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.