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Getting Results Press Release

WGBH-TV and the League for Innovation in the Community College are pleased to announce the launch of Getting Results multimedia professional development modules for training community college faculty. The modules focus on the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics specifically in Advanced Technology Education classrooms. The modules include real teachers and students in real classroom settings across the country, representing a range of fields, institutions, programs, and subject areas.

Suitable for self-study, face-to-face training, or other formats of online and on-site use, Getting Results gives faculty members strategies for deepening teaching and learning. Extensive curriculum, including downloadable PDF versions of web-based text, is now available online at no charge (http://www.league.org/gettingresults). A CD-ROM version that does not require internet access has been developed and is available for purchase ($29.00 price includes standard shipping) from the League store.

Getting Results begins with an orientation video followed by six modules. Each module features classroom videos illustrating classroom practice; background information about the teacher and class; activities for learners; readings; downloadable, printable PDF versions of web-based text content; customizable PowerPoint slide shows; and suggestions on how to incorporate the strategies into users’ own classrooms. The module topics are

  • Creating a Community of Learners;
  • Planning for Outcomes;
  • Active Teaching and Learning;
  • Moving Beyond the Classroom;
  • Teaching with Technology; and
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning.

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program, Getting Results was produced by WGBH-TV, PBS’s flagship station, in association with the League for Innovation in the Community College. Getting Results draws on research about best practices in adult learning. It is currently being piloted at 13 community and technical colleges, and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) at The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a formative and summative evaluation through 2007.

Getting Results advisors include Lynn Barnett, American Association of Community Colleges; John D. Bransford, University of Washington, Seattle; Lynn Cadwallader, Lesley University; Elaine L. Craft, Florence-Darlington Technical College Education; Mary Ann Haley Research for Better Teaching; Allatia Harris, Dallas County Community College District; Ellen Hause, American Association of Community Colleges; Donald E. Jones, J & G Consultants; Norman R. Nelson, Avaya Communication; Ruth Stiehl, The Learning Organization; Cynthia Wilson, League for Innovation in the Community College; and Jim Woodell, North Shore Community College.

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television’s best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number one producer of Web sites on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org websites in the world. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit www.wgbh.org.

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 800 member colleges, over 100 corporate partners, and a host of other government and nonprofit agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. Information about the League and its activities is available at www.league.org.