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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)

Spring 2020 PDW

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Cia Verschelden, will kick off our spring PDW on Monday morning (1/13/20) at Centennial, with a repeat session at the Rampart campus in the afternoon.  The title of her presentation is “Bandwidth Recovery:  Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other ‘Differentisms’.”  This presentation will be a workshop format with two parts.  The first part is the “Why,” why is this important, and it will be an active, engaging session.  After a short break she will continue with the “What,” what can we do in our classrooms to make an impact?  She will cover a lot of territory as we learn about and practice several interventions designed to help students recover bandwidth, beginning with a strengths perspective about what skills and abilities they are bringing to the table – “funds of knowledge.”  The interventions include values affirmation, connecting the known to the unknown, growth mindset and neurobics, and high-hope syllabi.


Upon leaving participants will:

·Understand that students have “funds of knowledge” and that beginning with those strengths will help them recover bandwidth and increase the likelihood of academic success.

·Understand that there are evidence-based interventions that show promise in helping students regain bandwidth.

·Practice interventions and reflect on their potential use in the classroom and in other settings with students.


Dr. Verschelden comes to us with high recommendations from several within the PPCC Community.  She is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X College. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Institutional Assessment at University of Central Oklahoma.  At UCO, she taught in sociology and in the first-year program; at Kansas State University, where she was on the faculty for 21 years, she taught social welfare and social policy, women’s studies, and nonviolence studies. Cia has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, an M.S.W. from The University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. Her book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, was published in 2017.


We have a great selection of workshops from our PPCC community.  There are some excellent choices on Tuesday, several technology options on Wednesday, and repeat options of four workshops at Rampart on Friday.  Additionally, we are pleased to continue Faculty Focus Day on Thursday, a time to prepare for the semester and reflect upon what you may have gleaned during the week.


Links for Sign Up Genius:

Monday Sign Ups

Tuesday Sign Ups

All College Lunch Sign Up

Wednesday Sign Ups

Friday Sign Ups


***While the focus of PDW is instructional support, know that CETL welcomes people from all roles at PDW events.  If your role at the college limits your participation in the event, please check for future professional development opportunities from CETL and/or from Ashlee Dutton, Manager of Development and Leadership Advancement.


If you have any questions about registration, please contact CETL at or 502-2407. 

PPCC encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact

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