Category: Partners & Friends
Faculty communities of practice have the potential for encouraging new engagement strategies for student learning. These strategies create text rich experiences for students that expand their fluency and encourage critical thinking. Karen Hattaway, 2014-2015 recipient of The Cross Papers Fellowship and English Department Chair at San Jacinto College North, will explore this topic in The Cross Papers, Number 18, using illustrations from existing faculty inquiry groups.
In this issue, Hattaway argues that to become successful learners, students must develop multiple fluencies by managing texts of many disciplines, and by creating their own texts to master and apply concepts in all their courses. She proposes that faculty can join in inquiry groups or communities of practice to become students of learning and expert observers of students who are learning. The proposed monograph will situate student learning in the rich textuality of community college campuses that challenge novice learners, whether they are recent high school graduates or returning adults..
The Cross Papers began in 1997 as a resource to provide community college faculty with practical, effective instructional techniques based in educational theory and research. “For almost 18 years, community college educators have used The Cross Papers to stimulate discussion among new and veteran faculty,” stated Gerardo de los Santos, League President and CEO. “The Cross Papers are a great resource for faculty to design teaching and learning activities that meet the needs of the diverse groups of students who fill their classes every day,” he said.
The format for The Cross Papers monographs was established by K. Patricia Cross, who wrote the first seven issues. After retiring, she ensured continuation of the series by working with the League to establish The Cross Papers Fellowship. With her generous support, the fellowship continues to this day.
“I am excited and honored,” said Hattaway. “I have read and incorporated many of The Cross Papers into my own teaching. My goal is to contribute to this tradition by offering sound ideas that can translate productively into engaged teaching and learning.”
In addition to writing the 18th issue of The Cross Papers, Hattaway will also present her work during a Special Session at the League’s 2015 Innovations conference in Boston. Following the session, she will be available to sign copies of the monograph.
The Cross Papers Fellowship includes a stipend of $2,000 to support research and writing, complimentary registration to the 2015 Innovations conference, travel expenses up to $1,000 to attend the conference, a plaque commemorating the recipient’s designation as a Cross Papers Fellow, and ten copies of the print edition of The Cross Papers issue.
To purchase copies of past issues of The Cross Papers, visit the League Store. Number 18 will be available in March 2015.
All issues of The Cross Papers are available in digital form through iStream, the League’s web-based, multimedia portal for faculty, staff, administration, and students.
Local organizations to apply $25M in grants to accelerate student progress through personalized learning
Six community-based education organizations across the U.S. have been selected to participate in a new $25 million effort launched by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), intended to establish regional hubs of K-12 innovation. The Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools––a first?of?its?kind national initiative that supports “breakthrough” schools to accelerate student progress––will grant funding to local educators whose approaches incorporate leading principles of personalized, blended, and competency-based learning.
NGLC defines breakthrough schools as those charged with generating rigorous outcomes for all students: at least 1.5 years of growth annually in math and English/language arts—an ambitious but necessary goal for students who are behind in specific subject areas or grade levels—a 90 percent high school graduation rate, and at least 80 percent of students meeting college readiness benchmarks and enrolling in college.
All six partner organizations were selected through competitive, national application processes by NGLC and the initiative’s funders: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Funding models vary across the sites, but each regional partner will be investing between $1.8M and $3M in local design teams to generate new or Conversion schools, with a mix of national and in some regions, locally--?raised funding. Some partners are working closely with single, big city school districts; others are working with multiple districts and larger regions. Each partner is aiming to enable design teams of innovative educators to open at least three (and in some cases many more) new or redesigned breakthrough model schools by fall of 2016.
The six partner organizations include:
- CityBridge Foundation, Washington, D.C.;
- The Colorado Education Initiative, representing a coalition of three Colorado school districts and the Colorado Department of Education;
- LEAP Innovations, Chicago, Ill.;
- New Schools for New Orleans; in partnership with the Louisiana Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board, Educate Now!, and 4.0 Schools;
- New England Secondary School Consortium, coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership;
- Rogers Family Foundation, Oakland, Calif.
Leaders from each site will work with NGLC and its national network of 80 breakthrough model schools (funded with $23 million in grants awarded since 2012). A breakthrough school combines student-centered, personalized, blended, and competency-based learning approaches with high expectations for student achievement, all sustainable on public funding. In personalized learning settings, learning experiences are designed by teachers and students to address individual skills, gaps, interests and aspirations. Competency-based learning enables students to move at their own optimal pace and receive credit by demonstrating mastery of clearly defined expectations before moving on. Blended learning integrates teacher-led, in-person instruction with online learning and the use of technology-enabled tools in group- oriented and individual work. All of these strategies are at least partly managed by the student, and enabled by the seamless integration of technology.
“Our nation’s K-12 schools are the pathway to the future,” said Diana Oblinger, president and CEO of EDUCAUSE. “The Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools initiative demonstrates how we are optimizing the impact of information technology by creating meaningful solutions to some of our most pressing educational challenges. By encouraging and supporting innovation like this on a grassroots level––in terms of novel instructional methods, new technologies, and student success outcomes––we are strengthening education as a whole.”
The Regional Funds partner organizations were selected based on several criteria, including: clear leadership consensus supporting their vision of next generation learning; a high-capacity local organization to direct the work; a supportive policy environment to enable fundamental redesign of learning models and school structures and practices; and innovative, pioneering educators ready to lead this groundbreaking work.
NGLC is managed by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association working to advance higher education through the use of information technology, in conjunction with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Additional program support for the Regional Funds partner organizations will be provided by CEE-Trust.
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Open Doors Group (ODG), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and SoftChalk LLC today announced that registration is open for PATHS, an eight-week online program designed to accelerate career paths for higher education professionals. PATHS will address the pending leadership crisis by providing a unique, career-boosting opportunity for college and university employees who have started their management careers or aspire to leadership positions.
Designed and led by a cadre of successful leaders and other experts, PATHS will offer nine hours of self-paced online training from September 8 – October 21, 2014 plus a three-hour, Live Highlight Session webinar from 2pm-5pm EDT on Wednesday, September 24. The PATHS program will focus on what it takes to become a leader in today’s higher education environment. The curriculum will be presented in three modules: Becoming a Higher Education Leader, Mindful Leadership, and Evaluating the Landscape: Operating in a Changing Environment. In addition, an extensive mentor-matching program tailored to the career aspirations of each participant will be available for the first 50 people who register for PATHS by August 1st. "It is a privilege to work with ODG and SoftChalk on this vital, long-awaited program that will prove to be essential for aspirants in education to take on leadership roles," said Chris Hennessey, Marketing Director, League for Innovation in the Community College.
Affordable and convenient, PATHS is egalitarian in admissions, and elitist in content and results. Visit the http://www.league.org/paths/ website for more information.
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