Published: Nov. 15, 2019

Linguistics PhD student Jared Desjardins, an award-winning graduate teacher and teacher trainer, received a Graduate Student, Professional Student, and Postdoctoral Scholar Development Grant to attend, and present at, the Forty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 13–17, 2019. This year’s conference theme was Connection: Closing the Distance, with a broad focus on how effective teaching and learning requires evidence-based intentionality within a network of strong relationships. WIth Dr. Mark Pleiss, Lead Coordinator of CU's Graduate Teacher Program, Jared presented results from two large-scale surveys assessing the impact of the University of Colorado Center for Teaching and Learning’s video peer-observation protocols. Their findings illuminate the value of peer video consultations in teacher development, as well as the major impact that affective obstacles like anxiety and discomfort play in peer videotape observations and consultations more generally.