Sara Varnum Institute
On behalf of Chemeketa’s Center for Academic Innovation we’d like to send you a special invitation to attend the 30 Year anniversary of Sara Varnum Institute. Historically, this event was offered to part-time faculty statewide. In recent years it was only offered internally, but we are once again offering our professional development to faculty outside of Chemeketa. This year, we’ll cover content around Universal Design for Learners. This is appropriate for faculty in face-to-face, online and hybrid environments so please share this invitation with all your colleagues that may be interested.
Date: November 15, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm
- Doors open with Coffee and Fruit 8:30-9AM
- Workshop begins at 9AM
- Understanding Universal Design 9-10:30
- Providing Multiple Means of Representation 10:45 – 12:15
- Lunch and additional networking from 12:30-1:30
Where: Winema Campus, Room 210 (Upstairs above MAPS Community Credit Union)
Address: Winema Pl NE, Salem, OR 97305
Understanding the UDL Framework & Providing Multiple Means of Representation
Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a framework for applying principles of universal design to instruction. It encourages using flexible methods and resources, emphasizes multi-modal strategies and uses research on how the brain learns to provide inclusive instruction. UDL helps faculty to meet the needs of many types of learners.
Select this option to register for this event if you are not a Chemeketa Employee.
if you are a Chemeketa Employee please register for this event through My Chemeketa (CRN 42792).
A Brief History of Sara Varnum
Many ask about the history of this professional development event developed and offered by Chemeketa. Sara Varnum worked at Chemeketa from 1970-1993. She understood the importance of part-time instructors to the success of community colleges. During her time at Chemeketa, she hired and worked with hundreds of part-time faculty members, who touched the lives of thousands of students. In 1989, Sara and her staff initiated the “Institute for Instructional Excellence.” It was a full day of training designed to meet the unique educational needs of part-time faculty members throughout the state. The goal was to inspire and energize participants by providing opportunities to learn, share and network – a goal that continues to this day.