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March 16-19, 2003
Phoenix Civic Plaza,
Phoenix, Arizona

For more information contact
Judy Greenfield
(480) 705·8200 x200

Hosted by:
Maricopa Community Colleges

Coordinated by:
Estrella Mountain
Community College

Mesa Community College

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Pre-conference Events:
Homeland Security and Civic Engagement Summit
National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs
National Conference

Community College Baccalaureate Association Third Annual Conference
Leadership Succession Strategies Institute for Women in Higher Education
Presentation Formats :
Poster Sessions
Learning Center Courses

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Learning Center Courses

The Learning Center features intensive courses and workshops on some of the latest innovations and best practices used in community colleges. Participants receive a continuing education unit (CEU) for completing each course and can expect to take home a body of practical knowledge and applications. Participation in Learning Center Courses requires an additional registration fee of $100 per 3-hour course and $150 per 6-hour course.

Seating is limited, so be sure to register early!

Sunday, March 16
9:00 a.m.—12:00 noon, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Learning and Teaching

1. LEN's: Another Way of Looking at Things!

This full day session will introduce participants to the League for Innovation LENs project and to all of the invaluable resources that can be used in support of a faculty orientation or curriculum development initiative. The LENs (Learning Exchange Networks) materials focus on 7 different areas of curriculum design including: creating the positive learning environment, learning outcomes, teaching strategies, technologically mediated instruction, assessment and evaluation, and the innovative career. The LENs materials were originally developed at Humber College, in Toronto Canada, and have undergone significant review and revision to be made available to League colleges. Johnson County Community College in Kansas City and the Dallas County Community College District have worked in partnership with Humber college to update, review and pilot the materials over the past two years. Representatives from these three colleges will share their experiences and innovative implementation plans with participants. The LENs learning modules are self directed modularized units of instruction that can be adapted and imported in electronic form, to incorporate into existing programs or to use in developing programs. All participants will have an opportunity to experience a sampler of the LENs learning materials and seminar tools. We are sure that colleagues will find these resources a valuable addition to any teachers' or staff developers' toolbox.

Patricia Hedley, Director, Professional Development, Humber College, ON, Canada; Allatia Harris, District Director, New Faculty Orientation, DCCCD, TX; Walter Klarner, Professor Emeritus, Johnson County Community College, KS


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2. The Brain's Natural Learning Process: Research, Theory, and Classroom Application

The brain has a natural process of learning and an innate need and desire to learn. When we know how the brain learns, we can create curricula and choose pedagogy to help students be the naturally motivated, successful learners they were born to be. This interactive session focuses on developing and delivering brain-compatible curricula. Participants will have hands-on experiences with brain-compatible learning activities and with planning models for developing curricula for their own students.

Rita Smilkstein, Professor Emerita, Humanitites, North Seattle Community College, WA

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Leadership and Organization

3. An Introduction to Formation: Exploring the Seed of True Self

In this course, we will explore formation as designed by Parker J. Palmer, Ph.D. According to Palmer, “Formation is journeying, individually and in community, to our inner selves, our hearts and souls, to identify our true selves and our deep integrity.” We will use stories from our own lives as well as those from the wisdom traditions to explore topics of identity and integrity.

Ann Faulkner, Co-Director, Center for Formation in the Community College; Elaine Sullivan, Co-Director, Dallas County Community College District, TX

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Workforce Preparation and Development

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5. Positioning Your College for Workforce Development Success

This "hands on" Learning Center Course will focus on creating dynamic, career-focused colleges. Participants will learn how to survey employer needs and develop a strategic response model to meet those current and future workforce training needs. Best practices from across the nation will be featured for the four primary populations served: 1) emerging, 2) existing, 3) transitional, and entrepreneurial workers.

The role of workforce training as a resource development opportunity will also be predominately featured since most colleges must now learn to fund raise and be more entrepreneurial to subsidize decreasing budgets.

Each participant will be engaged in the process of sharing their experiences and in the development of practical strategies for improving workforce development programs at their respective college.

Anthony Zeiss, President, Central Piedmont Community College, NC

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Monday, March 17
1:15–4:15 p.m.

Learning and Teaching

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7. Beyond "Work Like Your Dog": What Happens After the Motivational Presentation

After you have thrown the fish, moved your cheese, and worked like your dog, you need to be able to take that energy and create group experiences to further the learning-centered initiative for all college employees. Inclusion is the key, and a series of small- group actvities focused on getting everyone's input is one process for achieving buy-in. The course will provide a "paws on" experience for un-"leashing" the creative juices of your college employees. This course will set the stage, take you through the process, show you the results, provide interesting reflection activities to help you focus on your next steps, and it will just be doggone FUN.

Barbara Baird, Curriculum Specialist, Center for Service Learning; Susan Lamm-Merritt, Assistant Professor, Education, Brevard Community College, FL

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Leadership and Organization

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8. Leaders as Learners as Leaders: Reflective Community College Practice

As community college educators, we understand the importance of our students reflecting on and integrating what they learn. Do we hold the same value for our own reflection and integration of theory and practice? This course will focus on how we can use reflection to better understand and improve our own practice. Through an interactive session, participants will experience and discuss reflective practice techniques and how these techniques provide new insight into their professional work.

Iris Weisman, Associate Professor, Higher Education, Antioch University McGregor, OH

9. Reinvent Your College To Your Own Specifications

In this session, learn what are the essential elements for reinventing your college–from mission to common language to institutional research essentials to outcome measures. A four-year process that has been underway at Brookhaven College will be disentangled before your very eyes by the leadership team, core components will be described, essential research tools will be provided, and the learners will share and debate possible future scenarios. And all in language that Boards, Legislatures, and even students will understand and applaud.

Alice Villadsen, President; Ed Garcia, Instructor, English; Marilyn Kolesar-Lynch, Executive Dean, Career Resources, Brookhaven College, TX

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Tuesday, March 18
1:15–4:15 p.m.

Learning and Teaching

10. The Outcomes Primer II: Tools for Building the Outcomes-based Curriculum

"The Outcomes Primer"(2002), by Stiehl and Lewchuk, laid a foundation for creating an outcomes-based college curriculum. This session is a sneak preview of the soon to be released "Outcomes Primer II", which focuses on tools that move faculty quickly and deeply into the outcomes planning process. You will leave this session with the tools you need to (1) arrive at learning outcomes, (2) assure that courses align with the intended outcomes, and (3) make critical decisions about how and where assessment occurs.

Ruth Stiehl, Professor Emeritus, Community College Leadership, Oregon State University, OR; Carol Schaafsma, Curriculum Coordinator, Academic Services, Linn-Benton Community College, OR

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11. Using Consortium Membership Creatively to Internationalize the Classroom and College

Community Colleges for International Development, Inc, during its 26-year history, has undertaken projects and activities in hundreds of countries. This Learning Center Course will examine how the activities of this consortium of 100 colleges have impacted the CCID member colleges and their classrooms. Discussion will focus on projects, services, professional development, and other activities undertaken by individual colleges and the Executive Offices, in the spirit of working collaboratively to internationalize the institution. Faculty video testimonies, illustrating the impact on curriculum will intersperse the presentation. Revenue generated from international training projects will be highlighted.

John Halder, President, Community Colleges for International Development, Inc, IA; Michael Brennan, Director, International Education, Hillsborough Community College, FL; Paul McQuay, International Programs, Delaware County Community College, DE

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Workforce Preparation and Development

12. 21st Century Jobs for Your Students – Basic Computer Skills to IT Pro

The rapid integration of technology into business has transformed the workforce dramatically making the ability to use technology a prerequisite for job-entry. From basic desktop skills to core skills for IT professionals, this session will share current data on hot jobs, skill sets in demand, and the building blocks to student careers. Learn from experienced educators and Microsoft program managers how to evolve your workforce development programs to serve your students and communities based upon Microsoft’s curriculum and new certifications. This session will particularly benefit individuals responsible for workforce development in IT.

Diana Carew, Workforce Development/Community College Relations; Bill Setten, Manager, Microsoft Academic Business; Janie Schwark, Manager, .Net Academic Programs, Microsoft Corporation, WA

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