Workshops, Conferences, & Webinars

The Academy for Teaching Excellence provides professional development opportunities for faculty every semester. Below are descriptions for upcoming workshops, webinars, conferences, and special events. Scroll to the bottom of the page for archives with links to more information about previous opportunities.

The Academy also offers Graduate Equivalency Courses (GECs). Learn more.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,


Best Practices for Accessible Video and Captioning

To provide a truly inclusive learning experience for your students, it has been proven that captioning and transcripts benefit all learners. This workshop will provide best practices, methods, and tools for accessible video and captioning.

  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, October 25, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F319
  • Facilitator: Christopher Dobson, Instructional Multimedia Developer
  • CEUs: 0.15

Sustaining The Professional Self for Deep Work

Education professionals often divide their attention and energy among many competing needs. Join us for a workshop on addressing stressors, creating a framework for self-care, and engaging in deep work based on the work in sustaining the professional self by Boye and Smith at Texas A&M peppered with some light commentary on work-life balance from Shonda Rhimes.

  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Thursday, October 24, 2019, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Friday, November 22, 2019, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • Facilitator: Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair
  • CEUs: 0.2

Conducting Peer Observations of Teaching for Professional Development

When designed as a professional development experience, peer observation of teaching can be a beneficial experience for both faculty members involved. In this workshop, participants will learn to use a structured protocol for conducting a formative classroom observation using a peer review model in which goals for the observation are established, an in-class observation is performed, and data from the observation is reviewed during a follow-up feedback session. Multiple observation instruments will be introduced so that faculty can select the instrument that they feel aligns best with their classroom characteristics, instructional approach, and goals for the observation. Each faculty participant in the workshop will partner with a peer to experience the process both as a teacher and observer.

  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Friday, October 25, 2019, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Thursday, November 7, 2019, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • Facilitators:
    • Michael Bates, Dean, Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education
    • Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair
  • CEUs: 0.5 (awarded after workshop attendance and completion of observations as both observer and teacher)

Innovate Inside the Box Book Discussion

Have you ever felt limited by mandatory assessments, a predetermined curriculum, or even budgeting restrictions? This Innovate Inside the Box book discussion will help you achieve learning opportunities for every learner while addressing these barriers and others. We will explore both the innovators’ mindset and universal design for learning as tools to empower the learning environment that you are trying to capture. We will discuss how to implement these techniques in practical and simple ways to transform the experience for both you and your learner.

The first 15 people to register will receive a free copy of the book!

  • Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F315
  • Facilitator: The Universal Design for Learning Community of Practice
  • CEUs: 0.3

GIFTS: Great Ideas for Teaching Speech

As we end the fall semester and begin our preparations for the spring, consider attending the “Communication Arts Holiday GIFTS Session” and share your favorite idea, exercise, rubric, or teaching-technique. This will also be a great opportunity for us to celebrate the holidays and a great semester. Each participant should come prepared to present their “GIFT” in 10 minutes or less. Handouts are always appreciated.

  • Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Building F, Room F325
  • Facilitator: Jeff Przybylo, Chairperson for Communication Arts & Director of Forensics
  • CEUs: 0.2

Conferences & Special Events

10th Annual International Education Summit

Please join the Office of International Education and the International Studies and Programs Committee for the 10th Annual International Education Summit. The theme of the 10th Annual Summit is “Beyond Support: Empowering Multilingual Learners.” The Summit will feature a keynote presentation and presentations on the theories and practices of teaching and assessing multilingual learners in our classrooms as a comprehensive and meaningful strategy for advancing international education and accountability through assessment. The unique assets of community colleges and how they can be used to advance awareness of global learning outcomes and practical skill-building through curriculum infusion will also be discussed.

  • Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Location: Wojcik Conference Center
  • CEUs: 0.4

Faculty Retreat Spring 2020

Registration information and details will be announced at a later date, but for now, please save the date on your calendar!

  • Dates: Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 14, 2020


There are no upcoming webinars scheduled at this time.

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Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.

Academy for Teaching Excellence Workshop Cancellation Policy

Occasionally, the Academy for Teaching Excellence may have to cancel a workshop due to circumstances beyond our control. With the exception of instructor illness and inclement weather, the decision to cancel a workshop will be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the workshop. In the event of a cancellation, the Academy will make every effort to notify registered participants via their Harper College email account. If you have a concern about a workshop you have registered for being cancelled, please contact or call 847.925.6174.