Staff Development Day

We are excited to announce the first New School Staff Development Day, to be held on March 25. This day of events for all university staff will include workshops, giveaways, games, and more. Coffee, donuts, lunch, and snacks will be served.

Schedule

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
University Center

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. – Check-in
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. – Welcome
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – Session 1
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Session 2
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch, with entertainment provided by students
  • 1:45 p.m. – Minute to Win It, with hosts Craig Tiede and Diane Yee
  • 3:00 p.m. – Closing

Get Involved

Staff volunteers will be needed to assist with check-in, usher participants throughout the day, and answer questions. If you would like to help, email carnesa@newschool.edu to let us know.

Workshops

After reading about the workshops, visit tns-sdd.eventbrite.com to register. You are encouraged to select at least one workshop listed as professional development. Each workshop has a limited number of spaces, so register now! Workshop sizes differ according to space and content. The list below identifies workshops by session.

Session 1: 10:15-11:15 a.m. [+]


Canvas: The New Blackboard
Presented by Jim O'Connor

In this workshop, you will learn how Canvas works, how it communicates with students, how it encourages collaboration, and how it connects - and doesn't connect - to Banner and Starfish.

CitiBike Street Skills
Presented by Emilia Crotty

Note: This workshop will be repeated in Session 2

Attend a CitiBike Street Skills class for a short session that includes bike share basics, like pricing and station locations, as well as essential street riding tips. Every participant will leave with a free 24-hour pass to CitiBike, worth $9.95!

Street Skills classes offer important street riding information in a quick, off-bike session. The interactive class will provide concrete examples of city cycling scenarios and how best to handle them so that you enjoy pleasant, stress-free rides. Topics will include where bikes fit on New York City's bustling streets, whether in a bike lane, traffic lane, bike box and much more. Join fellow CitiBike riders (and future CitiBike riders) to learn from certified cycling instructors in an informal, classroom-style presentation and discussion.

Critical Thinking Survival Kit
Presented by Jill Corson

Through games, videos, and interactive discussion, this workshop will explore the essential components of the Critical Thinking Toolbox and Survival Kit for university professionals. We'll explore key critical thinking skills, including identifying assumptions, understanding frames of reference, engaging in methodological belief, and metacognition. We'll also explore key elements of design thinking, such as acting as an anthropologist, asking questions about your end users, having empathy, and viewing situations from the dance floor and the balcony. This workshop will provide participants with a variety of tools to help them better engage with, understand, and serve colleagues and students at The New School.

Desk Yoga
Presented by Rachael Ritchie

Note: This workshop will be repeated in Session 2

Learn some simple moves that can be done at your desk to lower stress, increase flexibility, and reduce the risk of common workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury. The instructor, Rachael Ritchie, was certified at Yoga to the People, in the Power Vinyasa style.

Suggestion: Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Digital Photography 101
Presented by Mathew Sussman and Chris Bate

Note: This workshop will be repeated in Session 2

Part 1: Light, Shoot, and Adjust
In the first half, we will discuss the many types of image-capturing devices (once known as cameras) available and offer recommendations for choosing them. Then we will discuss basic principles of composition, lighting, and capturing the right moment to make more successful photos. We may do some demonstration in this part, but it is not primarily a hands-on workshop. Cameras are not required, and we may not have time or information to answer specific camera operating questions.

Part 2: Edit
In the second half, we will discuss the many options for editing digital media available in both free and paid formats. This will include a review of resources available to New School employees, including high-end products like Photoshop, free online products, and select mobile (iOS and Android) apps. We will also discuss best practices and methods for image editing and providing tips and tricks to improve digital images.

Suggestion: You may want to bring your camera or smartphone.

Getting Started with Lynda.com - Professional Developmen
Presented by Kira Appel and Paul Abruzzo

Within the last year, The New School Libraries and Archives signed a campus-wide license for lynda.com, which gives the entire New School community - students, faculty, and staff - unlimited access to an invaluable resource. What is lynda.com?
  • A repository filled with complete video-based courses on subjects ranging from mastering software to improving time management
  • An environment where learning can happen at any time
  • A library where quick answers can be found for questions on software, business practices, and many other practical matters
  • An institutional platform that tracks progress and offers a certificate as proof of course completion
This informal workshop is designed to introduce all of the training and professional development opportunities available for staff. Library staff will work with you to implement simple methods that will help you to customize lynda.com for both your professional and your personal interests.

Recommended: Bring your iOS device (iPhone, iPad), Android phone or tablet, or a laptop.

Happy to Healthy: How Emotions Can Optimize Your Health
Presented by Ralph Capra

I am a physician assistant and have been practicing medicine for more than ten years. I truly believe that people do what they do to fulfill their individual needs, whether to gain pleasure or to avoid pain. Our emotions are the driving force for these needs. In this session, you will be provided with an informative interactive talk about how emotions can damage or optimize individual health. You will be asked to participate in a self-reflection exercise and to work with colleagues. The end of the talk will include a question and answer forum about medicine, health, and emotions.

Introduction to Bookbinding
Presented by Alan Behler

This workshop will explore the basics of bookbinding by teaching participants to make a fundamental book structure: a folio pamphlet. Participants will also learn some essential bibliographic vocabulary and will get to handle several fine press books. Materials will be provided by the instructor; no previous experience necessary.

IT 101: Computing Help and Resources - Professional Development
Presented by Nancy Aviles-Jones and Vina Perez

Ever find yourself stuck trying to figure out a computer problem? Want to learn about the many digital resources available to you as a New School employee? Access to IT Helpdesk how-to's, employee benefit info online, free software training, and great software deals are just a log-in away.

Making the Most of Technology Change - Professional Development
Presented by PJ Moriarty

Technology-driven change is at the center of many capacity-building efforts. Choosing the right tool, however, is only part of a successful change effort. How people interact with technology determines the extent to which advantages are fully realized. In this workshop, you will learn to identify use barriers within your office and to create an environment conducive to successful technology implementation, acceptance, and use.

Microsoft Excel 2007/2010/2013 Basics - Professional Development
Presented by Shawn Ogiba and Tara Kaplan

Impress your supervisors and peers by learning some tricks and shortcuts in Excel! After taking this course, you will be able to format cells (e.g., borders, shading), enter basic formulas, create tables, sort and filter data, and more! The workshop will also show you how to add headers, footers, and page numbers and how to modify page breaks and scale for the best printouts. You are welcome to bring questions or raise issues you've encountered with Microsoft Excel, as this will be an interactive session meant to help with daily use of this ubiquitous tool. Note: This workshop will focus on the most current versions of Excel, using the Ribbon Bar.

Mindful Food Shopping - Knowing How to Read Labels
Presented by Chartwells

The perception that organic groceries are completely different than traditional groceries has left many families with building grocery bills. This presentation will give attendees a better look at the benefits to buying certain organic products and what to look for in a food label. This program also explores the purchasing of locally sourced and sustainable food.

A Not-So-Divine Look at Palmistry
Presented by Caroline Wheat

In this workshop, we will discuss Hermetic, Chinese and Romany Cheiromancy practices all related to the life-force of the lines of the hand. As a group, we will look at examples of health and wellness signs as well as impractical symbols related to personality. I will guide participants as they begin learning to read their own and their loved one's palms with concise hand-outs and tricks of the practice. We will also look at the history of the art of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations on the palm of a person's hand.

Office Ergonomics: Improving Comfort - Professional Development
Presented by Aresio Souza

Note: This workshop will be repeated in Session 2

An introduction to office ergonomics and the risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) injury. Attendees will be shown how to adjust their workstations using the four-step method to reduce risk and improve comfort. At the conclusion of the training, participants should be able to describe the common MSDs, relate injuries to ergonomic risk factors, and properly adjust a computer workstation.

Pilates

Presented by Nicole Mitsch
Note: This workshop will be repeated in Session 2

Come and join this invigorating class, which works on increasing core stabilization, strength, flexibility, and posture. Nicole keeps the class fun and fresh by mixing classical Pilates moves with new variations in order to maximize the benefits from each session. Challenge your body while getting direction on proper form and breathing techniques. Suitable for all levels: Suggestions for modifications are given to those who need them and variations are offered to those who want more of a challenge. Come join us for some fun while you strengthen and tone your body.

Suggestion: Comfortable clothing (preferably fitness) is recommended; mats will be provided.

Thinking, Not Just Talking, About Race - Professional Development
Presented by The New School for Public Engagement Staff Working Group on Race

How do we experience and understand race? How do we think about ourselves and others? Are there safe places and resources available for staff to not only talk but think through and act on their concerns and ideas?

The New School for Public Engagement's Staff Working Group on Race has been meeting to engage in an open and safe conversation about race and the way it is experienced at our university. We wish to create a safe environment for staff to meet in which all are encouraged to talk and think about race. This session is open to all staff across the university who are interested in getting involved in this conversation.

What's My Credit Score?
Presented by Ina C. Fitch of the Academic Federal Credit Union

This presentation will cover how to read your credit report, including debunking myths and misconceptions about what does and does not affect your credit report, and understanding what lenders look for when assessing creditworthiness.

Session 2: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. [+]

CitiBike Street Skills,
Presented by Emilia Crotty

Note: Workshop repeated from Session 1

Attend a CitiBike Street Skills class for a short session that includes bike share basics, like pricing and station locations, and essential street riding tips. Every participant will leave with a free 24-hour pass to CitiBike, worth $9.95!

Street Skills classes offer important street riding information in a quick, off-bike session. The interactive class will provide concrete examples of city cycling scenarios and how best to handle them so that you enjoy pleasant, stress-free rides. Topics will include where bikes fit on New York City's bustling streets - whether in a bike lane, traffic lane, or bike box - and much more. Join fellow (and future) CitiBike riders to learn from certified cycling instructors in an informal, classroom-style presentation and discussion.

Civility as Customer Service - Professional Development
Presented by Nicholas Allanach

Life is stressful, work is stressful, and it often feels like there's little to no room for proper release of this tension. On top of all of the demands we're required to meet throughout the day, we're also expected to communicate with one another in a prompt, positive, and supportive way - easier said than done! What methods and resources can staff use to genuinely express themselves in a civil and polite way? What causes uncivil behavior and rudeness in the workplace, and how can they be addressed? What role does technology and bureaucracy play in maintaining "empathy gaps"? This workshop will explore challenges New School employees face when providing customer service and introduce methods we can practice to establish a work environment that is more civil and just for us all.

Cooking Demo with Executive Chef David Goldwhite
Presented by Chartwells

The New School Executive Chef David Goldwhite will prepare a meal in real time using locally sourced & certified organic products. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and sample the meal.

Desk Yoga
Presented by Rachael Ritchie

Note: Workshop repeated from Session 1

Learn some simple moves that can be done at your desk to lower stress, increase flexibility, and reduce the risk of common workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury. The instructor, Rachael Ritchie, was certified at Yoga to the People, in the Power Vinyasa style.

Suggestion: comfortable clothing

Developing a Career in Freelance Writing
Presented by Chris Chafin

In this workshop, New School press officer Chris Chafin, who has written for the Village Voice, the Awl, RollingStone.com, and other publications, shares his expertise on pitching, developing, and landing stories - and cultivating your very own personal brand.

Digital Photography 101
Presented by Mathew Sussman and Chris Bate

Note: Workshop repeated from Session 1

Part 1: Light, Shoot, and Adjust
In the first half, we will discuss the many types of image-capturing devices (once known as cameras) available and offer recommendations for choosing them. Then we will discuss basic principles of composition, lighting, and capturing the right moment to make more successful photos. We may do some demonstration in this part, but it is not primarily a hands-on workshop. Cameras are not required, and we may not have time or information to answer specific camera operating questions.

Part 2: Edit
In the second half, we will discuss the many options for editing digital media available in both free and paid formats. This will include a review of resources available to The New School employees, including high-end products like Photoshop, free online products, and select mobile (iOS and Android) apps. We will also discuss best practices and methods for image editing and providing tips and tricks to improve digital images.

Suggestion: you may want to bring your camera or smartphone

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gmail But Were Afraid to Ask - Professional Development
Presented by Irwin Kroot

The New School has been using Gmail for several years now, and most of us have grown comfortable with it. But as with most of the applications provided by Google, there are little-known tips and tricks for using Gmail more effectively. Did you know that you can have multiple inbox sections (e.g., separate sections for unread mail, important mail or follow-up, and general mail that's already been read)? Have you set up labels so your messages can be easily sorted? Did you know that there is an optional "Undo Send" feature?

Whether you're new to Gmail or a seasoned pro, you're sure to learn some features in this interactive lecture session that will make your crowded inbox a little more manageable.

LinkedIn: Making the Most of Its Opportunities - Professional Development
Presented by Lisa Ann O'Connor

In this workshop, you will learn how to create a targeted profile, build your network, connect with key people and companies, and use LinkedIn groups and events.

Networking Basics - Professional Development
Presented by Heather Golden, Victoria Brown, and Kyle Younger

This workshop covers basic networking strategies. We will discuss what networking is, visualizing your network, creating your networking goals, preparing your "elevator pitchm" and using these skills at social events.

Office Ergonomics: Improving Comfort - Professional Development
Presented by Aresio Souza

Note: Workshop repeated from Session 1

An introduction to office ergonomics and the risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) injury. Attendees will be shown how to adjust their workstation using the four-step method to reduce risk and improve comfort. At the conclusion of the training, participants should be able to describe the common MSDs, relate injuries to ergonomic risk factors, and properly adjust a computer workstation.

Personal Digital Archiving - Professional Development
Presented by Jeanne Swadosh

This workshop offered by archives staff will cover basic principles of how to best organize and preserve photos, videos, documents and anything you care about to ensure that they remain accessible in the long term. Both physical and digital materials will be covered, with particular attention to principles that apply to each. Advice will also be given about scanning photographs and other keepsakes. Bring your questions for open discussion!

Pilates
Presented by Nicole Mitsch

Note: Workshop repeated from Session 1

Come and join this invigorating class that works on increasing core stabilization, strength, flexibility, and posture. Nicole keeps the class fun and fresh by mixing classical Pilates moves with new variations in order to maximize the benefits from each session. Challenge your body while getting direction on proper form and breathing techniques. Suitable for all levels: Suggestions for modifications are given to those who need them, and variations are offered to those who want more of a challenge. Come join us for some fun while you strengthen and tone your body.

Suggestion: Comfortable clothing (preferably fitness) is recommended; mats will be provided.

Security and Privacy at Home and at Work - Professional Development
Presented by David Curry

Information security and privacy principles apply not only at work but also at home. Learn how to keep information secure, protect your privacy, and safeguard children while they're using the Internet.
  • Types of information we use at work and how to handle them
  • Types of information we use at home and how to handle them
  • Guarding against identity theft
  • Computer security basics
  • Safeguarding children on the Internet
  • Safeguarding teens on the Internet
  • College kids on the Internet
  • Resources for further information

Social Justice with Art: The Individual and Collective Revolution
Presented by Melissa McIntosh

This workshop will use the creative process through an art-based experiential that promotes connection to the greater mission of The New School and process to gain new perspective and insight. As part of The New School community, we are looking to develop an individual and collective understanding of education, social activism, and community. A licensed creative arts therapist will facilitate a nonverbal exploration of art to open new understanding of these ideas, which will then be processed as part of a community roundtable. Why are you part of The New School? What does that mean to you?

Student Success Network/Starfish - Professional Development
Presented by Jennifer Francone, Antoinette Curl, and Jonathan White

This workshop will present an overview of the Student Success Network and how it is used by faculty, students, and staff to assist students in their academic lives.

CANCELLED: What's My Credit Score?

This topic is available in Session 1 only.

 

This event is inspired by the University Service Initiative and sponsored by Human Resources with support and participation from staff throughout the university. For more information, call co-chairs Ilana Levitt (x3842) or Diane Yee (x3801).

All events are in accessible locations. Anyone who needs accommodations or has access concerns should contact us at staffdevelopment@newschool.edu

 
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