The Key To Persistence: How To Build A Culture Of Community In College

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The registration fee includes institutional access to the recording for one year.

Building community within a classroom and college creates a culture of accountability, expectation and success. A community may start in the classroom, but it doesn’t end there. Using the principles shared in the acclaimed documentary, No Greater Odds, learn how everyone in an institution is responsible for creating a network of support that fosters student success.

In this webinar the co-creators of No Greater Odds, Charlene S. Gibson (Instructor and Associate Producer) and James R. McCoy (Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Executive Producer) share a few of the teaching strategies and support network principles from their professional development series they are currently conducting around the nation.

  • Learn about implementing belonging and mattering principles in the classroom
  • Discover how to ensure every person at an institution aids student success
  • Identify the outside stakeholders that need to be brought into the classroom
  • Understand how community influences accountability and trust
  • Learn how certain activities inside and outside of class can foster a team approach to learning and success
  • 2 & 4-year, public & private institutions
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Faculty (2-year & 4-year)
  • Directors of Diversity
  • Orientation Staff
  • Retention Coordinators
  • Anyone interested in retention and persistence
“It is important to remember that students are names, not numbers. They are human beings with unique stories. We need to remember that every student is an individual – with their own identities, personal challenges and frame of reference.”~ Charlene S. Gibson & James R. McCoy

James R. McCoy is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary No Greater Odds and currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Southern Nevada. Since joining the institution in 2003, he has served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Success, as Chair and Lead Faculty for the Department of Communication, and is a tenured Communication Professor. James has also taught at several community colleges in California where he taught many communication courses. Prior to working in academia, he worked in radio broadcasting as a radio morning show host and radio station program director. A highly sought after keynote speaker and presenter, James often talks about the important work that community colleges do in the United States. Additionally, James consults for corporations, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in such areas as communication, workplace culture, leadership development, customer service, conflict management, teaching pedagogy, memorization techniques and an array of other relevant topic areas. James is excited to share No Greater Odds with the world!

Charlene S. Gibson is Co-Creator and Associate Producer of No Greater Odds. She currently works as an instructor in the Department of Communication and serves as Faculty Co-Leader for Achieving the Dream at the College of Southern Nevada. Known as an incredibly passionate, dynamic, and engaging instructor, Charlene challenges her students – known as #TeamGibson – to find their passion and reach their fullest potential through excellent public speaking that opens doors and changes lives. Charlene also shares her passions for public speaking and excellent teaching as a motivational speaker and trainer. Frequently asked to speak to students and train faculty and corporate clients, her inspirational specialties include the art of creating community in the classroom, fostering student engagement and success, creative teaching methods, customer service, relationship building, and of course, No Greater Odds. Additionally, Charlene loves sharing her stories of teaching and working overseas in Japan, Germany and the Netherlands while traveling all over Asia and Europe, which she did for eight years before joining the College of Southern Nevada.

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Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.

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How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?

1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.

Package Pricing

  • 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
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Boulder, CO 80301

What is your cancellation policy?

Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.

  • 30 days prior: Full refund
  • 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
  • Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?

Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).

How can we use these trainings?

Flexible Training:

  • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
  • Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
  • On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.

Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.