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Professional Development

Upcoming Training

Arkansas Council for Women in Higher Education (ACWHE) – 2024 Annual Conference:  Leaping Forward
Date:    February 29, 2024
Time:    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:   Virtual!

This year's conference will be held virtually on Thursday, February 29 from 9 to 12. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marjorie Hass, President, Council of Independent Colleges.  The theme for the conference this year is Leaping Forward.  You can register and pay on your own hereOr, if you wish PDI to pay registration for this conference you must register at the link below.  PDI Registration will close at noon on February 23, 2024
Please register
to participate:  Register Here

Training for Workday Student Registration is here!
Please see the schedule below and plan your training session for Workday Student Registration.  There are many opportunities with various days and times to accommodate a myriad of schedules.  Pick one (or more) that best fits yours!

Bring your laptop with you to these sessions as they are hands-on.  Most sessions will be held in Tom Steves in the BTC Building on the main campus.  There are two sessions scheduled for the South Campus in the Crain Team Room next to the Library.

This training is required of all full-time faculty and any staff that register our students but is open to anyone interested in learning about Workday Student Registration and our registration process.  Note that Fridays during this training effort have an Open Link for Office Hours where staff from Records or Advising will be available to assist you and answer questions.

For additional questions regarding the Student Registration portion of Workday, please contact Ashley Henry-Saorrono at 501-812-2206 or Kristen Chadwick at 501-812-2275.

Schedule for Workday Student Training:

Please Register for the session(s) you would like to attend hereWD Student Registration

The U.S. Marshals Museum presents:   
"The New Orleans Four & The Civil Rights Movement."

When: March 5, 2024 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: The Robinson Center
426 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas     

On the morning of November 14, 1960, three six-year-old girls stepped out of their homes and into the history books. On that day, Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost became the first Black students at McDonough 19 Elementary School in New Orleans, LA.

More than 60 years later, the U.S. Marshals Museum’s National Learning Center hosts a powerful morning of conversation and reflection as Tate, Etienne, and Prevost come together live and on-stage to discuss these momentous events. Alongside them will be the last remaining Deputy U.S. Marshal who escorted them, Herschel Garner, as well as Ms. Prevost’s mother Dorothy Prevost. Together the five individuals will take part in a moderated conversation discussing their memories of the events in 1960, and how these events have impacted their own lives and the history of our nation.

This once-in-a-lifetime presentation is presented free of charge through the generous support of Arkansas Humanities Council.
Please register to participate:  Register Here   Employees that register and attend will receive PD Credit.

2024 APC - Observation & Celebration:  The Value of Difference

The Annual Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) is scheduled for March 18, 2024!

This day-long event celebrates the value of difference and promises to bring new ideas, training opportunities, and team building activities to those in attendance.  It is a fun day of learning and networking with others around campus. 

You don’t need to be an admin to attend!  All are welcome for this Professional Development day.  NOTE:  This event is the Monday of Spring Break.  Please check your schedules before planning. 

Registration is now open and you must register to attend.  APC Registration
Registration closes March 6, 2024

With a nod to the eclipse coming in April:
Symbolism of Balance: The alignment of the Sun and the Moon during an eclipse can be seen as a symbol of the balance between opposing forces or dualities, such as light and dark, masculine and feminine, and the conscious and the unconscious. Eclipses are seen as times when these dualities come together and harmonize.                 
-- Google:  Eclipse symbolism of balance posted Oct 13, 2023



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Please register early for any of the sessions you wish to attend. Sessions with low enrollment may be canceled or rescheduled.

To register, click the "register here" included beside the title of the session you want. In some cases, you will be able to register for several sessions on the same form. For others, you will need to follow a different registration link.

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Past PD Opportunities

List of past professional development sessions offered through PDI.

Online Professional Development

Online Professional Development Opportunities

During this time we do not have face-to-face training scheduled there are several online opportunities for our employees to access.  You can complete these anywhere you have access to a computer and the Internet. Keep in mind that you must register for access, which is not automatic. We have to manually put you into the system. Each page has instructions for registering.  Before requesting access to these courses, please log into Blackboard to see if you already have it.  

Mandatory Training (July 1  to December 31 every year)
New Employee Training (Due within first 90 days of employment)
Staff Development Each session takes about an hour to complete
Faculty Development Each video is 20 minutes long
Leadership Development Each session takes about an hour to complete

We offer training year-round, but we do have times when offering live training is less than optimal. Online opportunities are available 24/7. In other cases, we are gearing up for a major training event (like PD Week), and that training is listed separately, under the Upcoming Training tab.

If you do not see upcoming training listed below, click the down-arrow beside Upcoming PD (above) to see what's happening.

Want us to schedule training on a specific topic?

If there's training you would like for us to schedule, let us know.

DE&I Training

If you would like PD Credit for completing these, save the attached to your computer and rename it for each video.  Complete one evaluation per training and email the completed forms to   Individual Video Evaluation

Building Effective Communities Across Difference

Presented by:  Rev. Jamie Washington, M.Divs., PhD, Video Link– PD Credit 30 Minutes
Diversity means little in a student organization … unless it exists in the context of community.
In this insight-filled National Center for Student Leadership presentation, Building Effective Communities Across Difference, the program presenter explains:
* How we see ourselves – and how others see us – as individuals, as group members, and in an organizational context
* How our relationships are defined by ideas, behaviors, feelings, attitudes, and core values
* How to build trust and commitment within communities
* How to create an environment for success and growth
* How to address issues of power and privilege in meaningful ways
* How to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate progress

How Can I Make the Activities in My Course More Inclusive?

Presented by:  Elizabeth Harrison, Ph.D., Video Link – PD Credit 30 Minutes
As an educator, you know how important it is to challenge your students’ assumptions.
But students dealing with physical, cognitive, and other barriers to learning might not be able to participate fully in some activities because of their challenges.  This session will show you a practical approach to making accommodations and promoting equitable opportunity for learning and engagement for all your students.

Why is Intercultural Competency Important and How Can it Improve My Teaching?
Presented by:  Kate Sweeney, MS, Video Link  – PD Credit 30 Minutes
This program is designed to teach learners what intercultural competence is, why it’s important, and how to build it in both faculty and students. Explore some of the cultural differences instructors are likely to face in the classroom along with myths surrounding intercultural competence.  Participants learn to reflect on their own assumptions that they bring to the classroom, as well as strategies to overcome assumptions and foster a more culturally responsive approach to teaching.

Departmental Training

If your department is doing in-house training, let us know about it in advance.  We can make it official professional development, so your faculty and staff can get credit for attending.  We will at least have a record of their attendance, so if you have a question about who attended a specific training, we will have it in the database.

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  • Title of the session
  • Description of the session
  • Location of the session
  • Date and time (start and end)
  • Name and title of the presenters

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