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VFF 2017-2018


              Marietta Bradinova, Ph.D
“Engaged Learning: Are We All on the Same Page?”

Marietta Bradinova, Ph.D., Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia International University

The presentation will offer college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and will provide them with tips and strategies that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines motivate and connect with their students. Selected strategies will be modeled, in a ready-to-use format, through purpose, presentation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, and key resources. Faculty looking for ideas to heighten their student engagement in their courses will find useful techniques that can be adopted, adapted, extended, or modified.

  • Date:Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Time: 3:30pm-4:30 pm
  • Location: Village Drive Room VD 205,
    4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030


Joy Kreeft Peyton, Ph.D
"Practicing Nonviolent Communication: Speaking the language of peace in the classroom and society"
Joy Kreeft Peyton, Ph.D., Center for Applied Linguistics

Many of us are interested in and strive for peaceful engagement in our families, communities, schools, and nation, and there are strong calls for peace within our education community (e.g., Oxford, 2013; The Language of Peace: Communicating to Create Harmony) and in international engagement initiatives (e.g., Gopin, 2016; Healing the Heart of Conflict). However, understandings about ways to live in peace often remain abstract, and the language that we observe in politics, the media, and even in education (and that we use ourselves) is often filled with judgments, labels, and blame, and we increasingly see misunderstandings and division across, and even within, the groups that we care about and engage with. The goals of this talk are to review key principles and components of nonviolent communication, which teachers can use with learners and colleagues and in their classes, and all of us can use in our daily lives. These include ways to Observe, express our own Feelings, understand our Needs, and make Requests.

  • Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Time:3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Location: Village Drive Room VD-205,
    4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030