Bringing Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills into Your Classroom: Lessons from the NSF Summer Institute

Monday, November 14, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Zoom

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Sadaf Khawar (Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice, BMCC)
Masha Komolova (Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice, BMCC)
Hawai Kwok (Psychology, CCNY)


  • How can you help students feel like they belong in some challenging school settings?
  • How can you help them to connect to the instructor and to each other?
  • What assignments can you create to keep students motivated, and develop a growth mindset?
  • How can you develop a curriculum that is equitable and culturally competent?

In this Brown Bag, three faculty members – Hawai Kwok, Sadaf Khawar, and Masha Komolova – will briefly discuss their own strategies and experiences with these and other questions, and then the meeting will be open to the Q & A and general discussion.

The presenters will draw on their experience in the “Psyched for STEM!” Institute this past summer, part of the NSF grant that BMCC received in order to build a new STEM track in the psychology program. The Institute was designed to introduce faculty to strategies aimed at supporting college students of color in general and those pursuing STEM careers in psychology (e. g., neuroscience) in particular.

Register here and you will receive a Zoom link via email. For more information, email Masha Komolova at


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