Upcoming Events

    • 08 June 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Design & Compliance Crossover: Recommendations for Innovative Collaboration

    Crossover episodes from TV shows like Law & Order feature characters from other shows who join the original cast to solve a special case. These crossover episodes have become popular due to their complex plots that are creatively solved using the expertise of characters from both shows in exciting and unexpected ways.  The accreditation and compliance work of institutions is due for an explosive crossover episode where the case (oversight reports) is solved by the original cast (compliance officers and administrators) and crossover expert witnesses (faculty and instructional designers) collaborating in efficient and innovative ways.

    The goal of this session is to encourage accreditation and compliance professionals to consider other units and roles that could bring “crossover episode” innovation and expertise to the reports, policies, messaging, and defensible positions held by the institution.  At the conclusion of our webinar, participants will be familiar with Brown’s "The Seven Silos of Accountability in Higher Education" (2017). Brown (2017) identifies them as assessment, accreditation, institutional research, institutional effectiveness, educational evaluation, educational measurement, and higher education public policy.  Participants will consider three examples of crossovers that help meet the reporting, messaging, training, and defensible position needs of an institution (the examples will use SIUE as the case study)  1. Instructional Designers  2. Professional Development/Faculty Development  3. Academic Administration.  Participants will have a prototype tool to assist them with identifying their institution's silos, associated functions, and ways to use crossovers to increase efficiency and innovation by optimizing colleagues' expertise.    


    Pamela Williams - Instructional Designer & Technologist, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Jacob Fling - Manager of Federal, State, and Licensure Compliance, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    • 21 June 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Building Belonging for School Personnel: Key Insights from Research to Practice

    School and district leaders face formidable challenges in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic that posed an existential threat to education. For instance, recent federal data show signs of student enrollment declines, government financial support shortages, and record-breaking teacher/staff turnover, amid the "Great Resignation." Teacher/staff turnover and school morale are linked to several factors, one of which is workplace belonging, although extant research on the topic is sparse. In this session, the speaker will present key insights from current empirical research on the topic, highlighting how educational leaders can build staff belonging in schools and districts.

    As a result of participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

    • Summarize major challenges facing schools, districts, and education agencies in a post-pandemic "new normal" including high staff turnover rates, difficulty recruiting diverse staff, and increasing competition with business/industry for talent
    • Describe why "workplace sense of belonging" (hereafter, "workplace belonging") is so critical to achieving our "bottom line" as it relates to teacher/staff recruitment, retention, productivity, morale, and even student achievement
    • Highlight insights from recent research showing that workplace belonging for school personnel is generally low and lower among historically underrepresented or minoritized staff populations (e.g., teachers/staff of color, LGBTQIA+)
    • List and define what "workplace belonging" means and how it applies to education- or school-based workplaces and personnel List, describe, and outline a plan for implementing 2 to 3 "promising practices" for boosting workplace belonging for school personnel, in ways that can help increase recruitment, retention, productivity, morale, and even student achievement.
    • Recall and identify at least two (2) evidence-based resources for future consideration, offering additional information on the topic of workplace belonging, teacher/staff turnover, and students' sense of belonging.


    Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Illinois State University (bio)