Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

SCSU-CTL Parent Training Institute (Virtual)

Monthly Virtual Sessions 
September 2023-June 2024
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Olcay Yavuz
Presented by: Dr. Olcay Yavuz

We are delighted to extend an invitation to parents and guardians to participate in the Virtual Parent Training Institute, hosted by the Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning. The Institute will offer monthly virtual training sessions and helpful resources on a range of topics that can help parents support their child’s academic, social, and emotional development.

What is the Parent Training Institute all about? 
A key factor in fostering successful students is the presence of caring, dedicated, and informed parents who prioritize education. Through the SCSU Parent Training Institute, conducted online, we aim to provide you with valuable resources and effective strategies that contribute to nurturing accomplished children.

The Parent Training Institute warmly welcomes parents and guardians of children spanning all age groups. We look forward to your active participation and meaningful engagement.

Your one-time registration fee of $100 includes:

  • Full access to 10 live and recorded workshops
  • Certificate of Completion


To secure your spot, Register Here

For details and complete agenda: View Flyer

Questions? Contact: Dr. Olcay Yavuz, Associate Professor Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies:

Note: Please be aware that a fee waiver option is also in place for parents who may require financial assistance. We understand the importance of making this opportunity accessible to all, and we encourage those facing financial constraints to reach out and inquire about the fee waiver option. Our goal is to ensure that every parent interested in participating can do so without any barriers. Feel free to contact us for further details or to discuss your specific situation. Your child's educational journey is important to us, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

Past Events

College and Career Readiness Summer Institute:
for High School Students (Grades 8-11)

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
9 AM – 3 PM

Southern Connecticut State University Campus
New Haven, Connecticut

Dr. Olcay Yavuz
Presented by: Dr. Olcay Yavuz

What is the Summer Institute all about?

The Summer Institute will introduce students to tools and strategies to help them prepare for college and career success. 

The registration fee includes:

  • One FULL-DAY On-Campus College and Career Readiness Hands-on Training
  • Lunch on Campus 
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 Self-Paced Online Modules

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Questions? Contact: Dr. Olcay Yavuz, Associate Professor Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies:

Administrator–School Counselor Collaboration: 
The Key to Comprehensive School Counseling Programs

Thursday, 3 August 2023
10:00am – 3:00pm  

Ballroom, Adanti Student Center, Southern Connecticut State University 

Guided by the essential question: How can we make our school counseling program genuinely comprehensive?, the aim of this event is to afford school-based teams of administrators (principals/assistant principals) and school counselors a much-needed opportunity – in the presence of/with support from knowledgeable peers – to:  

  • Unpack and become (re-)acquainted with the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Framework
  • Assess their school’s implementation of – or preparedness to implement – the CCSCF
  • Design/refine their schools’ plans to implement the CCSCF

What is a "team?":
A “team” consists of at least one School Counselor and one School Leader, and we welcome larger teams.  Register here by clicking the online form or pointing your camera at the QR code.  Only one registration must be completed per team, with that registration providing all the contact information for individual team members. 

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for their support, and for providing lunch for the event: 

Connecticut ASCD
Connecticut School Counselor Association Connecticut
State Department of Education
SCSU Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies 
SCSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 

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2023 Literacy Conference

We’re All Screen-agers:
How Literacy Shapes K-12 Teaching, Learning, and Citizenship in Digital and Online Spaces 

Featured Speaker: Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State University and Director of the Boise State Writing Project

Saturday, May 6, 2023
Southern Connecticut State University

Jeff Wilhelm

About Dr. Jeffrey D. Wilhelm: Dr. Wilhelm is an internationally known teacher, author, and presenter. A full-time classroom teacher for 15 years and a university professor for 26 years (and counting!), Jeff Wilhelm is currently Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State, founding director of the Boise State Writing Project, and he teaches middle or high schoolers each spring.

He has authored 42 texts about literacy teaching. His newest book, just out in February 2023, is Fighting Fake News: Identifying and Interrogating Information Pollution

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Spring 2023 Colloquia

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Student Mental Health:  Stress and Learning

Featured Speaker: Jean A. King, Peterson Family Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Virtual Program


The impact of stress and mental health during the pandemic have affected our students in multiple ways. We now need to better understand the impact of Covid stress on learning and memory for students.  This talk will focus on neurobiological understanding of stress and learning on campuses. 

Moderated by: Dr. Kari Sassu, Director, Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Stephen Hegedus, Dean, College of Education

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Knowing Your Own Mind: Why We Are All Susceptible to Information Pollution and What We Can Do About It

Featured Speaker: Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Distinguished Professor of English Education at Boise State University and Director of the Boise State Writing Project

Monday, April 17, 2023
Virtual Program

Jeffrey Wilhelm

This interactive session explored why we all, as human beings, are exceptionally susceptible to information pollution of all kinds. A typology of different kinds of information pollution and their different features and effects will be shared.  The second half of the session explored ways to know our own minds, and ways to teach learners to know and control theirs in ways that will help us identify, interrogate and control information pollution in texts of all kinds 

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Community Conversations

Addressing the Troubling Rise of Antisemitic Incidents in our Schools

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Location: SCSU Engleman Hall A120

Featured Speaker: Stacey G. Sobel, Regional Director of the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League

The presentation was followed by a roundtable discussion on our efforts as educators to raise awareness about the Holocaust and Genocide as part of the Connecticut Holocaust and Genocide Education and Awareness Act (Public Act 18-24 of 2018).

Co-sponsored by:

The Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning; SCSU College of Education; SCSU College of Arts and Sciences; SCSU Judaic Studies Program; SCSU Hillel; Connecticut Voices of Hope/HERO Center; the Connecticut State Department of Education; and the Holocaust and Genocide Education Advisory Committee

For inquiries, contact Dr. David Pettigrew,

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