April 1, 2021

Good afternoon CNS Instructors,

This week’s teaching tip comes from Colorado State University. This week I wish to draw your attention to the First Four Weeks Initiative.  The FFW Initiative is a collaboration between the administration, TILT, Student Affairs and a cohort of CNS and CHHS Faculty Associates. The core goals of the FFW Initiative are to 1. design intentional university learning environments to accelerate new students’ adjustment to the university within the first four weeks through clear articulation of learning expectations, and the skills and behaviors appropriate to those expectations and 2. Create an ethic of early performance where students and instructors start a course engaged at a high level of effort and employing evidence-based learning approaches and a growth mindset.

The FFW Initiative now looks to recruit you as instructors to join the FFW Initiative.  To learn more about the FFW Initiative within the College of Natural Sciences and to meet the CNS FFW Associates please attend and participate in the upcoming MTI Workshop at 1-2:30 PM next Thursday April 8 on Zoom.

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CNS MTI Workshop

First Four Weeks Initiative: Overview and Getting Connected

Thursday April 8 1-2:30 PM




Presented by Jennifer Neuwald, Ben Say, Kerry MacFarland and Paul Laybourn

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 963 8869 6810

Passcode: CNSMTI


Enjoy the spring weather, Paul

Paul Laybourn (he/him/his)

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director, W2R S-STEM Program
Director, NoCo B2B Program
Director, REU Site in Molecular Biosciences