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CAFÉ (Concordia Adjunct Faculty Exchange) is a yearly professional development day for full and part-time faculty at Concordia University Chicago. This article assesses the experience of CAFÉ in terms of four lenses: what is professional development, characteristics of effective professional development, models of teacher development, and evaluations of participants.

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This manuscript has been peer-reviewed, accepted, and endorsed by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) as a significant contribution to the scholarship and practice of education administration. In addition to publication in the Connexions Content Commons, this module is published in the Education Leadership Review: Special Portland Conference Issue (October 2011) , ISSN 1532-0723. Formatted and edited in Connexions by Theodore Creighton and Brad Bizzell, Virginia Tech and Janet Tareilo, Stephen F. Austin State University.

Introduction

Professional development for teachers has been characterized as a one-shot deal, superficial and faddish programs, feel-good sessions, make-and-take or bag-of-trick content, death by PowerPoint, ponderous lectures, whining about the state of children, parents, teachers and consultant-driven presentations (Annunziata, 1997; Reeves, 2010). Many teachers and school leaders consider professional development a failure and a waste of time (Culbertson, 1996; Fullan, 1995). While this may be true for some grade and high school teachers, one program of professional development for full and part-time graduate faculty at a mid-west university has been successful and continues to grow.

At Concordia University Chicago (CUC) on the third Saturday of August, all full-time and part-time professors in the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs participate in a day-long conference called CAFÉ. An acronym for Concordia Adjunct Faculty Exchange, CAFÉ draws around two hundred people.  These professors are largely full-time and/or retired K-12 teachers, administrators, and other professionals. College teaching is a meta-profession where faculty build on top of another profession. All college faculty are drawn from a pool of professionals prepared to practice and/or conduct research in a specific content area (Arreola, 2010). Providing these instructors with ongoing professional development is at the heart of CUC’s mission of service to their faculty.

CAFÉ has a two-fold purpose. It is to bring the full and part-time faculty together for exchanges of common information regarding cohort teaching. The term “cohort” refers to the style of program in which students are placed in a group that stays together until completion of the program. Students meet once a week for two years at a location close to their home or place of work. Faculty teach at various sites throughout the Chicagoland area. Only some classes are held on the university campus. Most classes are held off campus throughout the greater Chicagoland area as well as delivered in a hybrid mode where students meet face-to-face three times and the remaining time online using synchronous and asynchronous modes. A second purpose of CAFÉ is to build community among full and part-time faculty that can be carried on throughout the year by emphasizing the importance of a common university mission. CAFÉ includes presentations on adult learning, honor code, and technology. In the opening session, the president of the university welcomes all. The university chaplain leads the group in prayer. Deans of each school welcome faculty. Department chairpersons give an overview of each program. There are also two-hour sessions called “Birds of a Feather” in which participants have an opportunity to discuss syllabus requirements, teaching techniques, principles of effective adult education, common assessments and rubrics, and classroom management concerns for each course. These sessions are led by course leaders and other qualified specialists.

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where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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what are the products of Nano chemistry?
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There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
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what about nanotechnology for water purification
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please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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what is the stm
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is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
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scanning tunneling microscope
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how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
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Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
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what is differents between GO and RGO?
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what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
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if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
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analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
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Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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what is Nano technology ?
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write examples of Nano molecule?
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The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
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nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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what king of growth are you checking .?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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