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Stanford COVID-19 Community Virtual Town Hall #2: What Does the “New Normal” Look Like?

Having been sheltering in place since mid-March, our local community is eager to return to some form of normal life outside their homes. But in the absence of an effective vaccine and treatment options, what will the “new normal” look like? What kinds of changes can we expect to see when we seek routine healthcare, return to school (K-12 and higher education), or return to work?

Post-Pandemic: Building Back Resiliently

Please join the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment for a webinar on building back resiliently after the pandemic. As state and federal governments provide trillions of dollars to aid economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, allocating funding that helps communities to prepare for and build greater resiliency to withstand future catastrophic events would be a forward-looking investment. Many communities across the U.S.

Mental Health and Well-Being Webinars Series

Coping, Connecting and Caring During the COVID CrisisDonnovan Somera Yisrael, MA (’89) (he, him, his)

The shelter-in-place has been extended and the COVID-19 emergency continues to challenge our Stanford community, as well as each of our personal lives. This session is intended to be a space for us to check in about how we are coping (or struggling to do so) and share any strategies that have been helpful. Donnovan will present concepts that will help us “name and tame” our COVID-19 induced stressors.

Effective Class Sessions: Creating Engaging Lessons for All Students

This workshop will empower instructors with tools to foster student participation in their classes. To enable you to design class sessions that keep students engaged, participants will be introduced to strategies for incorporating active learning and student participation into all classes. Throughout, we will highlight ways to make your teaching inclusive and to actively engage students to improve their learning outcomes. Part of the "Efficient and Effective Planning: Build your Teaching Toolkit" drop-in series.

Helping Your Students Check Their Progress: Goal-Oriented Assessments

This workshop sets the foundation for instructors to develop assessment activities that align with course or module learning goals. So you can develop a framework to assess students’ progress, participants will be introduced to formative assessment and will learn multiple strategies to assess student performance. Participants will have practical training in aligning assignments and assessments with learning goals. Throughout, we will highlight ways to make your teaching inclusive and to actively engage students to improve their learning outcomes.

Setting the Foundation: Starting with Learning and Working Backwards

This workshop sets the foundation for efficient and effective teaching by establishing a starting point from which instructors can begin developing teaching materials. So you can begin developing your own pedagogical framework, participants will be introduced to backwards course design and will gain hands-on experience with setting learning goals. Throughout, we will highlight ways to make your teaching inclusive and to actively engage students to improve their learning outcomes. Part of the "Efficient and Effective Planning: Build your Teaching Toolkit" drop-in series.

Quick Bytes: Exploring What Works for You: Self-Care and Time Management

Do you find it challenging to structure your day? Have you tried hard to manage your time with calendars and other tools, and it just does not work for you? You are not alone, and you are not at fault. Join other grad students to explore a different mindset and process to structure your day. Become more aware of what approach might work for you and get ideas for ways you can implement those approaches in daily life. 

Sanne Lim, student support specialist, Graduate Life Office

Quick Bytes: Self-Compassion Part 2: Practicing It Without Compromising Success

In this follow-up to our introduction to self-compassion, we will: discuss how to practice self-compassion as students without compromising academic success; explore self-compassion in leadership and teams; take a self-compassion inventory from lead researcher Kristen Neff; have Q&A around practical challenges to practicing self-compassion; and do some real-time meditative practice.

Sarah Meyer Tapia, MA, associate director, Division of Health & Human Performance

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