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COMMISSION CALLS FOR A WRITING REVOLUTION
April, the National
Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools
and Colleges issued a report calling for increased emphasis
on writing in schools and colleges. The Neglected R: The
Need for a Writing Revolution put forth a four-part strategy
to improve writing in America, including submission each July
of a report to Congress.
that end, the commission is soliciting suggestions and help
for next year’s submission. To view
the report, or to offer suggestions, visit the commission’s
website or send an email.
America is successful in preparing a new generation of citizens
for the jobs of tomorrow, and in helping existing workers upgrade
their skills to hold on to the jobs they have today, our quality
of life, our standard of living, our domestic and international
security, and our attainment of the American dream is severely
--Senator Tom Harkin, “Community
Colleges and Workforce
Investment: A Necessary Partnership”
long-term challenge is that there are too few workers with too
--Beth Buehlmann, “Building Partnerships
need to get serious about moving their incumbent worker training
programs away from job creation (economic development) and toward
lifelong learning (workforce development).
Lederer, “Broken Promises: Lifelong Learning,
and the Sad State of Incumbent Worker Training”
quotes are from chapters in the newly released Building
a Workforce System Through Partnering, published
by the League for Innovation and available through the League
OF THE PRACTICAL MAGIC OF TEACHING
this year, the University of Texas at Austin’s John E.
and Suanne D. Roueche teamed up with League President and CEO
Mark David Milliron to write Practical
Magic: On the Front Lines of Teaching Excellence.
The book gives a deep focus on five years of focus groups, questionnaires,
and interviews with recipients of teaching-excellence awards.
article based on Practical Magic was
relaesed as an issue of Celebrations, an occasional
publication of the National Institute for Staff and
Organizational Development (NISOD). Click here to view
this issue of Celebrations, entitled The
Power of Practical Magic: Perspectives from Teaching Excellence
top five countries for education spending are Maldova (10.3%),
Namibia (8.5%), Denmark (7.7%), South Africa (7.5%), and Uzbekistan
(7.4%) – the United States is 47th with (4.7%).
The United States spends more on its military than the next
12 countries combined; France, Japan, Germany, UK, Italy, China,
Saudi Arabia, Brazil, S. Korea, India, Iran, and Australia.
women have the most powerful jobs – followed by Lithuania,
Trinidad, Barbados, Columbia and New Zealand.
WHY COMMUNITY COLLEGES CAN SHOW THE WAY
four-year schools have traditionally approached the issue
of diversity from a less-is-more perspective, community
colleges have taken the opposite stance: Bring on the rainbow;
everybody gets a chance at higher education.
The result, according to a recent article in Black
Issues in Higher Education, is that “community
colleges – more than any other segment in higher education
– look like America.”
this fascinating article "Diverse
City" online today - reprinted with permission
from the publishers of Black Issues In Higher Education.
. . . INNOVATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
a powerful web-based resource aimed at revolutionizing professional
development in higher education. iStream offers everything imaginable
to widen your professional pathway, including
Innovation database with more than 4,000
community college model programs, best practices, and innovations
League Publications including Cross Papers,
Digital Divide Series, Perspectives on the Community College,
Yes We Can!, and many more
Radio, presenting a colorful variety of programs
such as interviews, lectures, seminars, and thought-provoking
and Leadership Abstracts
modules including all six modules, along with facilitator,
workshop, and ancillary materials
conference and keynote presentations
from speakers including Kweisi Mfume, Kay McClenney, John
E. and Suanne D. Roueche, and Senator Edward Kennedy
Expo featuring demonstrations of state-of-the-art
products and services
to People forums and chat
powerful web-based tool offers an abundance of means and materials.
Best of all, navigation is simple with keyword and category
searches – truly innovation at your fingertips!
is the time to subscribe to iStream.
Special charter institutional subscription rates are being offered
for the introductory period.
in mind that access to iStream is for everyone on your campus
– it is like sending your entire college to Innovations
and CIT plus much more.
WANT TO ENHANCE AND ENERGIZE TEACHING
AND LEARNING AT YOUR COLLEGE?
League can provide your faculty with an energizing and informative
presentation or staff development workshop that will send your
faculty back to the classroom eager to use the many strategies
they acquired for energizing and enhancing instruction. Facultywide
participation can positively affect the academic, social, and
emotional climates on your campus.
research has led to dramatic findings about the nature of learning.
Almost every week we see in the media exciting new information
about learning coming from the explosion of scientific research
on the brain. The challenge for educators today is to understand
this research and translate these findings into research-based
practices in the classroom.
addresses, presentations, and workshops are available on The
Brain and Learning geared to your needs and suitable for
the entire faculty. A speaker with community college teaching
experience and cognitive neuroscience research experience will
bridge the gap between brain research and education for your
workshop will enable your faculty to teach more effectively
by working with the brain’s natural learning mechanisms;
provide students with strategies that will make learning easier
and more enjoyable for them; acquire principles based on brain
research that they can apply when designing their curriculum
and methods; learn new strategies that can be applied immediately;
experience the energy, motivation, and pleasure of brain-compatible
learning strategies as they participate in interactive activities;
explore strategies for addressing learning differences and multiple
intelligences in the classroom; positively affect the social
and emotional climate; and energize their teaching practices.
you would like to arrange for a Brain and Learning
talk or workshop, please contact Ed
Leach at (480) 705-8200, x233.
ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY THROUGH APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY
Create a better future for your college by building your organizational
capacity for positive change through Appreciative
Inquiry (AI). One can go online to learn about and register
for one of a dozen four-day trainings to be held in 2003-04:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan,
Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, and Washington State; and British
Columbia and Ontario, Canada. Especially designed for community
college leaders (CEOs, administrators, faculty, support staff,
students, and trustees), these trainings are affordable for
to the inside cover of a newly published handbook on AI, "AI
is one of today's most popular change methods. It has been used
to undertake transformational initiatives in hundreds of organizations
worldwide, ranging from McDonald's to the U.S. Navy to Save
the Children. Its assumption is simple: Every organization has
something that works right – things that give it life
when it is vital, effective, and successful. AI begins by identifying
this positive core and connecting to it in ways that heighten
energy, sharpen vision, and inspire action for change."
AI has been used in over 100 countries throughout the world.
It is now moving into community colleges.
what Cindy Miles, Vice President of Learning
and Academic Affairs at the Community College of Denver, had
to say about AI in a recent Leadership Abstract:
(is) a process that replaces classic problem-based analysis
of institutional deficiencies with large-scale collaborative
exploration of what is working well within an organization.
Based on a philosophy of positive change, AI contends that the
most rapid, systemic way to improve a human system is to build
connections between its members, its positive core of capabilities,
achievements, and wisdom, and its vision of a preferred future."
IN NOVEMBER WITH CPCC
Services Corporation and the League for Innovation at the
first Regional Best Practices Conference, “Creating
Positive Reactions to Negative Budgets,” November
6-7, 2003, at the Charlotte Wyndham Hotel. Tony Zeiss
(CPCC), Becky Paneitz (NWACC), John Dempsey (SCC), and Bill
Wenrich (DCCCD) are featured speakers. For more information,
please visit the CPCC website or call 704.330.6212.
HAT ACADEMY WILL PRESENT AT CIT CONFERENCE
Hat will be leading two workshops at the Conference on Information
Technology, each titled "A New Paradigm for Academic
and Workforce Education: Teaching Linux Skills Using Red Hat
Hat Academy is an academic curriculum for performance-based
learning and certification of Linux and open source technology
skills. We invite you to participate in an open discussion
on how we designed our curriculum business model and are partnering
with our school clients to overcome many of the challenges
they face today. Our workshops will be held on Monday 9:15-10:15
and Tuesday 5:00-6:00. Learn more about Red Hat Academy online.
TRANSFORMATIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: THE CONVERSATION SERIES
This series, sponsored by Macromedia
Education Solutions, identifies four significant ways in
which technology is transforming higher education. Each seminar
examines a particular topic with the guidance and direction
of a nationally recognized expert. Attendees learn more about
how each of these topics relates to the higher education community
and find out how each presenter and her respective institution
are responding to those challenges. They also have the opportunity
to participate in a conversation that explores methods for managing
change, maximizing success, and minimizing risk.
Please visit the
conversation series site to register for these real-time
discussions, to be delivered using the new Breeze Live platform.
RECEIVES $2 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT FOR ANTI-TERROR TRAINING
Department of Justice Funds Add to Array of Security Training
Community College (IA) has been awarded a major grant to
develop security training and advanced information systems.
The United States Department of Justice has notified Kirkwood
officials of a $2 million grant for development of secure
digital information processing for the purposes of public
safety and security.
funds will provide major operating budgets for the college’s
evolving efforts in hazardous materials training and response
to potential mass-fatality occurrences. This latest DOJ
grant will also support a central part of the planned Community
Training and Response Center to be located on the Kirkwood
call for the new center to be the headquarters of Linn County
Emergency Management Agency and serve as the command center
for any large-scale emergency in the area. Kirkwood officials
have been engaged in planning for the proposed center since
$2 million grant from the Department of Justice/Bureau of
Justice Assistance will support the development of an educational
curriculum to train over 6,000 community responders in using
technologies to combat terrorist incidents. Community responders
will be trained to use Hazardous Response Technology (HaRT)
which provides immediate, accurate and understandable data.
These local personnel would then plan and execute a response
or respond directly to terrorist incidents.
COLLEGE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
College Leadership Program Offers Series of Policy Seminars
College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI) at
Claremont Graduate University (CA) has announced its schedule
of policy seminars for 2003-2004. The seminars will focus
on six major policy issues facing California community colleges,
including "What's Happening to the Curriculum;"
"Policy Issues Regarding Workforce Education;"
"New Expectations for Assessment and Accountability;"
"State Resource Allocation Models and the Policy Implications;"
"Technology and Learning: Balancing on the Digital
Log;" and "Maintaining Institutional Vitality
During Financial Hard Times." The seminars will be
offered at locations in the northern and southern parts
of the state to keep travel costs low for participants.
CCLDI policy seminars were first offered in 2002-03 for
the participants in the week-long 2002 Leadership Academy.
This year's seminars have been designed as a continuation
of the 2003 Leadership Academy activities, and will also
be open to community college staff, faculty, and administrators
who did not participate in the Academy. The seminars will
feature presentations by leading national experts, as well
as opportunities for discussion and interaction with professional
colleagues. The day-long program will include lunch.
first seminar, "What's Happening to the Community College
Curriculum?" will be held November 6 at Claremont Graduate
University, and will be repeated November 7 at the Los Rios
Community College District Board Room in Sacramento. The
speaker, Betty Duvall, served as the first community college
liaison for the U. S. Department of Education and now is
a faculty member at Oregon State University in the Community
College Leadership program.
run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations. The $50 required
registration includes lunch. This year’s Leadership
Academy Fellows’ registration fees are provided by
a grant from the State of California, but Leadership Fellows
must still register.
further information on the series and to register, call
(909)447-1287, or visit the CCLDI web page.
CCLDI is a partnership organization that offers leadership
development opportunities for community college professionals
and facilitates interaction between community college scholars
KELLOGG FOUNDATION FUNDS AACC AND FIELDING GRADUATE INSTITUTE
FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEADERSHIP LEGACY STUDY
Fielding Graduate Institute is the recipient of $439,000 from
the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s grant to the American Association
of Community Colleges (AACC). The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded
$1.9 million to AACC in May for the development of community
Fielding grant will fund a study of the accomplishments and
contributions of Kellogg Fellows who participated in Community
College Leadership programs offered in leading universities
in the 1960s and 1970s. Universities having Kellogg Fellows
in their programs included UCLA, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Wayne
State, the Universities of Michigan, Florida, Colorado, and
Texas, as well as Michigan State, Florida State, and Stanford
University. The research will produce two publications: a book
highlighting selected Kellogg Fellows who were leaders and a
monograph reporting the history of AACC from 1955 to the present.
regarding former community college Kellogg Fellows should be
directed to Bernard
Fielding Graduate Institute, headquartered in Santa Barbara
(CA), is an accredited nonprofit graduate university that created
one of the original distributed collaborative learning models
in 1974. Fielding offers midcareer professionals, nationally
and internationally, graduate degrees and programs within the
schools of Psychology, Human and Organizational Development,
and Educational Leadership and Change. For more information,
go online or call 1-805-687-1099.
Association of Community Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges represents the nation’s
1,171 community, junior, and technical colleges and their more
than 10 million students. The colleges comprise the largest
sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling almost half of all
W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help
people help themselves through the practical application of
knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and
that of future generations.” Its programming activities
center on the common vision of a world in which each person
has a sense of worth; accepts responsibility for self, family,
community, and societal well-being; and has the capacity to
be productive and to help create nurturing families, responsive
institutions, and healthy communities.
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COMPACT APPOINTS ROBERT FRANCO AS SENIOR FACULTY FELLOW FOR
Compact has announced the appointment of Robert Franco as
Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow for Community Colleges.
A noted scholar and speaker on the topic of civic engagement
at community colleges, Franco will provide training and resources
nationwide to help Campus Compact’s community college
members adopt service-learning and other campus-based engagement
practices. Such practices help to build local communities while
meeting community colleges’ workforce development and
university transfer missions by providing a rigorous academic
experience in a real-world setting.
Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Kapi’olani
Community College in Hawaii, Franco spent the last year working
with Campus Compact on an in-depth study to document and disseminate
exemplary civic engagement programs at community colleges. As
part of this effort, Campus Compact hosted an array of state
and national community college meetings. The findings from this
study, including profiles of exemplary programs and practices
at 20 colleges, will appear in a book to be published by Campus
Compact in early 2004.
appointment is part of Campus Compact’s comprehensive
effort to serve community college members and amplify the community
college voice in the civic engagement movement across higher
education. Campus Compact’s publications, conferences,
workshops, and other resources are designed to meet the needs
of its highly diverse membership, which comprises one-quarter
of all institutions of higher education. Resources geared specifically
to community colleges include an expanded website with an interactive
database of model programs, service-learning syllabi, and publications
with direct relevance to community colleges. This national work
is complemented by numerous trainings, institutes, and campus
initiatives at the 30 state Campus Compact offices.
online for more information on
Compact is a national coalition of more than 900
college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes
of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact
promotes community service that develops students’ citizenship
skills and values, encourages collaborative partnerships between
campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate
public and community engagement into their teaching and research.
INNOVATIVE EDUCATORS HONORED
WITH HAROLD W. MCGRAW, JR. PRIZE IN EDUCATION
educators received the 16th annual Harold
W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education for 2003. By introducing
students to technology at an early age, developing affordable
postsecondary distance learning programs, and influencing
education policy to embrace high standards for all students,
they have a distinguished record of achievement. They were
honored September 23 at a dinner at the New York Public Library.
2003 honorees were
Edwards. For 25 years, Edwards has worked in
education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent,
earning his reputation as a results-oriented leader. Since
1994, he has served as Superintendent of Henrico County
Public Schools (VA), leading a system of 65 schools, 44,500
students, and 3,000 teachers. Edwards spearheaded the
innovate use of technology to raise achievement in Henrico
County through the Technology and Learning Initiative,
one of the largest educational laptop programs in the
integrated into the classroom in Henrico through professional
development for teachers and required training sessions
for parents has delivered impressive results. Student
achievement increased in all subjects from 2001 to 2003,
and all regular Henrico County Public Schools are fully
accredited on the Virginia Standards of Learning assessment
Haycock. Kati Haycock serves as one of the nation’s
leading advocates for children and high achievement in
education. In 1990, she founded The Education Trust, a
national organization dedicated to “the high academic
achievement of all students at all levels – kindergarten
through college.” The Trust is known as an authority
on education reform, and Haycock is regarded as a powerful
voice in driving education policy at all levels. The organization
concentrates on public elementary and secondary schools
and colleges that serve students of color and those from
low-income families, striving to provide a voice for those
most likely to be left out of mainstream educational improvement
Haycock’s leadership, The Education Trust is also
committed to equipping local communities with the tools
needed to improve education for all students at all levels.
The Trust works with school districts and colleges in
more than 40 communities and 22 states, assisting in raising
teacher knowledge and skills through professional development
and helping implement higher standards for students.
Twigg. Carol A. Twigg is an internationally recognized
expert in using information technology to transform teaching
and learning in higher education. Since 1999, she has
served as Executive Director of the Center for Academic
Transformation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The
Center serves as a resource for colleges and universities,
providing leadership in transforming teaching and learning
in higher education. In collaboration with 30 participating
institutions, the program has demonstrated how effective
use of information technology can lead to significant
improvements in student learning, while reducing instructional
has spoken extensively on the need to improve productivity
in higher education and the process of engaging college
faculty in the use of instructional technology.
Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes
outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving
education in this country and whose accomplishments are making
a difference today. Honorees are chosen by a panel of judges
made up of influential members of the education community. Each
winner receives a gift of $25,000 and a bronze sculpture. The
prize was established in 1988 to honor Mr. McGraw’s lifelong
commitment to education, and to mark the corporation’s
two most recent U.S. Secretaries of Education were honored with
the McGraw Prize in Education before each was appointed to their
Cabinet positions. Richard Riley, who served as U.S. Secretary
of Education from 1992 to 2000, received the Prize in 1989 for
his work in raising educational standards as Governor of South
Carolina. Current U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige was
honored in 2000 for his success as superintendent of the Houston
in 1888, The
McGraw-Hill Companies is a global information services provider
meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education
and business information markets through leading brands such
as Standard & Poor's, BusinessWeek, and
McGraw-Hill Education. The Corporation has more than 320 offices
in 34 countries.
VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT PASSES AWAY
Kranitz, President of Paradise
Valley Community College (AZ) for the past four and a half
years, recently passed away. Kranitz was a passionate advocate
for access to higher education for all who began her 34-year
career with the Maricopa Community Colleges at Glendale Community
College in 1969. She served at the Maricopa Community Colleges
district office and at South Mountain Community College from
1980 to 1991, where she was Director of Administrative Services
and later Director of College Business Services. During its
initial phase she helped to coordinate the construction of the
campus and the establishment of South Mountain's fiscal services
office, as well as its maintenance, operations, and administrative
1992 Kranitz came to the northeast Phoenix campus of Paradise
Valley Community College as Dean of Administrative and Student
Services. She became interim president of the college in May
of 1999. Following a national search, she was appointed president
of PVCC in 2001.
served as president of the Western Association of College and
University Business Officers and as chair of the board of the
National Association of College and University Business Officers.
She belonged to the American Association of University Women,
American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association
of Women Deans and Counselors, the American Association of Women
in Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa, an education honors
Kranitz was a precinct committeewoman, an officer of the Arizona
Women's Political Caucus, a member of the board of directors
of the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and a former delegate
to the Arizona Presidential Nominating Committee. In 1999, she
received the Maricopa Community Colleges' Women's Leadership
Distinguished Achievement Award. She also received Distinguished
Alumni Achievement Awards from both Nova Southeastern University
and Grand Valley State University (MI). For the past three years,
she was selected as one of the top 10 women in Arizona higher
education by Today's Arizona Woman magazine.
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