Conversations about Teaching and Learning

Fall 1, 2010 Events


Free Money: Grants Can Support Your Research and Classroom Interests
Tuesday, November 9
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Room E255

Presenter: Bob Kahn, Director, Grants Office

Did you realize that, by writing a grant, people whom you do not know might send you money? Think of what you can buy with free money: time to do research, a research assistant, equipment that you have always wanted, travel to conferences and/or libraries in exotic places. Bob Kahn, LaGuardia’s Grants Director, will provide an introduction to grants writing and explain how the Grants Office can help. He will discuss how to locate funding and what goes into writing a successful grant. If you have never attended a grants-writing workshop, or even if you have, this is your chance to learn more.

Bridges and Ladders: Using Contextualized Instruction to Build Basic Skills
November 16, 2010
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenters:  Amy Dalsimer, Director of Pre-College Academic Programming
Wynne Ferdinand, Coordinator and Instructor, GED Bridge to College and Careers Project

Community colleges nationwide are exploring contextualized instruction models that increase adult and non-traditional student access to and success in post-secondary education. The Pre-College Academic Programming Department  housed in LaGuardia's Division of Adult and Continuing Education is becoming a leader in this emerging field.   Amy Dalsimer and Wynne Ferdinand will lead a discussion about how ACE is providing effective contextualized instruction that combines basic skills education with health and business sector-focused content and explicit career pathway exploration.  We will explore the rationale and goals of contextualized instruction, examine activities from the GED Bridge to College and Careers Project(, and discuss connections between effective teaching strategies and meaningful content for basic skills students.

What Now?:  2010 Elections and Higher Education Policy
November 23, 2010

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
NOTE: This Conversation will be held in Room E500

Presenters:  Robert Jaffe and Jose Orengo, President’s Office

The 2010 election results will have a profound impact on state and national higher education policy.  The changes in who's in charge, in both Albany and Washington, D.C., will deeply affect LaGuardia and our students.  What are the implications of having Governor Cuomo and new State Senate leaders running the show in Albany? What will happen to the Obama Administration's efforts to support community colleges, increase student financial aid and rein in for-profit institutions?  What does the 2010 elections portend for redistricting, the makeup of New York's congressional delegation and the 2012 elections?  Come hear more, join the conversation and share your thoughts and perspectives. 

It's Our Water: How Can We Help Fix It
November 30
11:45 – 12:45

Presenters:  Sarah Durand, Natural Sciences and Steve Lang, Social Science

Professor Sarah Durand has been working with a group of LaGuardia students to observe and record pollution levels, as well as the surprising abundance of living creatures in the Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the U.S.  Professor Steve Lang, Social Science, is an active member of the Newtown Creek Alliance, a community organization focused on restoring and revitalizing the Creek and surrounding areas.   Come and learn more about what's going on with the Creek, and help us discuss ideas and suggestions for classroom projects, activities, and ways we can work with neighborhood partners. 


For more information on the series please contact Ros Orgel at x 5448 or .

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