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A word from our Director
Summer has arrived, and hopefully you will take some time alone, with family and/or friends to reflect and recharge. As you reflect, perhaps you will think of a topic to discuss during Education Day. Roundtable topics and posters are still being accepted! New membership application is also open, we hope all members will invite a colleague to apply!  - Dr. Abby Spencer, MD
Spotlight of the Month:
Beckie Guillot-Beinke, Office of Education
Loves: Anything with my family and gardening and sewing. 
Family: Two teenagers: 17 & 15. 
Education: Bachelors of Journalism with an emphasis in Photojournalism and Magazine Design from Mizzou and Masters of Education in Teaching from Missouri Baptist University.
Love most about teaching/educating or mentoring: I've taught Family and Consumer Sciences (what we use to call Home Ec) and Art at the middle and high school levels and substitute taught all elementary levels. What I love most about working with young people is the opportunity to open their eyes to new experiences/concepts every day. 
Drives/inspires you: My children and the kindness of others. 
Career Accomplishment: I am the only photographer to have photographed a fashion shoot at the Cathedral Basilica. The shoot was featured in St. Louis Bride magazine. I also photographed the only wedding ever conducted in the Bell Tower at MostroCity at The City Museum. 
Fun fact: I worked at Walt Disney World in college. 

Next Academy meeting is
Monday, June 27th from 3-4pm. 

See you there!

Let's Get Social!

Hot off the presses of our Academy of Educators Executive Committee (AoEEC) strategic planning meeting... We are excited to start social gatherings and professional networking events! Our first social gathering will be later this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Academy of Educators Membership Cycle Open

The Academy of Educators is an institutional collaboration of educators who together foster a culture of educational excellence and an institutionally valued community of leaders in health science education. The academy is service-based and those elected are expected to actively participate in academy events, including attendance and participation in scheduled Academy meetings. Applications for the 2022 cohort will be accepted through Saturday, June 18, 2022. For those applying, in anticipation of being selected as a new member, please hold Tuesday, October 11, 2022 on your calendar for the induction ceremony.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Education Day Roundtable Discussion Session

This year’s Education Day will include a Roundtable Discussion Session. Attendees will join tables to discuss predetermined topics of interest or to talk with a specific community. The goal of the roundtable discussions is to foster conversation around similar interest. AoE members are invited to host a table by submitting a table topic for consideration. Table hosts will facilitate 45-minute discussions at their table during the session. Attendees will casually move amongst tables during the session. Example table titles might include items like “Assessment” or “GME duty hours” or “LGBTQIA+”. 

Table topics may be emailed to Academy at before August 12th, 2022.
Table hosts will receive further information after August 12th.

BUILD Program Offers Growth Opportunity

The Academy of Educators if pleased to announce a new faculty development opportunity, Building Inclusive Environments for Learners with Disabilities (BUILD). BUILD offers health professions faculty the knowledge, skills, and resources to understand the barriers facing people and learners with disabilities and to create more inclusive didactic and clinical learning environments. This virtual learning opportunity is open to faculty, instructors, residents, and fellows with teaching and/or mentoring roles in any School of Medicine department or program willing to attend all four sessions.

Sessions will be held virtually on June 21, June 28, July 12, and July 19. All sessions run from 4:00-6:00pm. RSVP here by June 19, 2022 and contact Dr. Steve Taff with questions.

Call for Education Day 2022 Posters

The Education Day subcommittee invites faculty and learners across all WUSM programs to submit a poster for the inaugural Education Day Poster Session, scheduled for later afternoon on October 11, 2022. Submissions can be on any education related topic, including instructional strategy, curriculum design, social media, feedback, etc. Members are encouraged to share this call with colleagues, mentees, trainees, and division chiefs. 
Submit poster topics here, by August 12, 2022.
Check out our new recruitment video and share it on your socials!

10 Ways Teachers Can Recharge Over The Summer

From self-care routines to discovering new locations, here are 10 amazing ways teachers can unwind and de-stress over the summer.

1. Reflect

For some, transitioning into summer when you have no set schedule or tasks can be challenging. Reflecting on the past school year is a great way to slow down your teaching gears and smoothly transition into a relaxing summer.

When reflecting, think of 3 issues you encountered in your classroom and ways that you can solve those problems. Identify different methods to improve your class and teaching experience. 

2. Set goals

To combat the inherent, unstructured nature of summer, set a few goals for yourself in order to have a fulfilling experience. For example, you can aim to try something new, like wood carving, eating foreign cuisine, or tap into your creative side and start a new hobby.

Make sure to pick a manageable number of activities to devote your time and energy to. It’s impossible to do everything over the summer, so don’t spread yourself too thin!

Click here for the complete article.

Teaching Pearl
Teaching always involves risk. The risk is not that teachers might fail because they aren’t qualified or attempt something which flops.  The risk is not that learners might fail because they are not working hard enough or are lacking motivation. On the contrary, the risk is there because learners are not to be seen as objects to be molded or disciplined, but as subjects of action and responsibility. The risk is there because education is not simply a transmission of information, but an ongoing conversation between co-learners where the results can be transformational, even emancipatory. Embrace the risk! 

- Dr. Steve Taff
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy and Medicine 
Director, Teaching Scholars Program
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