Message from Dan Patterson: Join us at Day of Reflection April 25

I’m writing to invite you to this year’s Day of Reflection, and to let you know that we’ve changed the date.  To accommodate those who will be away from NC during the upcoming break between terms, we’ll now be holding Day of Reflection April 25 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

I hope you will join your colleagues and me at this important event. Our annual Day of Reflection is a great Niagara College tradition, and an opportunity to gather as a college community to reflect and learn together and discuss ideas and challenges.

This year’s event is titled What’s NeXt: Understanding TodaYs Learner, and we will discuss the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to the college campus and classroom, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success, and how we can best help all of our students reach their educational and personal goals across the campus.

Our keynote speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Mark Taylor, an educator, consultant and speaker who is on the forefront of transformations in educational practice and workplace management. Dr. Taylor has worked with over 500 organizations, businesses and schools in 47 states, and in Canada, made presentations at regional and national events, and published in professional journals including his recent articles on “Teaching Generation NeXt”.  He has consulted with business clients like 20th Century Fox Motion Pictures, Wal-Mart, FEMA and the U.S. Army.

A special feature this year: Day of Reflection will be followed by an afternoon workshop designed for faculty and academic staff, titled Teaching Today’s Learners. This interactive, hand-on workshop will help faculty transition more fully to a model of learning based on increasing both student activity and leveraging available technologies to improve instructional efficiency and effectiveness. An instructional model and methods to increase students’ responsibility for their own learning, personal ownership of class goals and to improve student success in reaching meaningful learning and developmental goals will be described and demonstrated with immediately applicable techniques appropriate and effective with all learners.

The doors open for Day of Reflection at 7:45 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by lunch.

As Day of Reflection nears, please watch InsideNC for further details. Please plan to join us for this important event — I look forward to seeing you there.

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