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January 2007, Volume 8, Number 1
 
 

Gatherings

 
  Plan Now for Innovations 2007
  2007 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals
  Conference on Information Technology
  Don’t Miss the CCTI Summit!

Opportunities

  Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
Offers Free Course Evaluations
  League for Innovation and Microsoft Announce
Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards
  The League’s 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year
Competition Now Open
  The New York Times Announces 2nd Annual Innovative
Teaching and Learning Award Competition

Synergies

  Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education
  The TLT Group’s FridayLive! Focus on Clickable Images

 

Linkages

  iStream Adds New Comment-Posting Feature
  Look What’s Coming to iStream in January:
Focus on Innovative Assessment and Student Success
  League Services Offers New Presentations and Workshops!
  Getting Results Faculty Development Modules
  Recent Publications From the League

Celebrations

  Member Spotlight: Bermuda College

 
 
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Plan Now for Innovations 2007

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Hosted by
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Innovations: march 4th, 2007Join the League in New Orleans, March 4-7, 2007, as the most innovative community college professionals from across North America and around the world share ideas and practices for improving student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. And, we invite you to celebrate with us as we mark the 10th anniversary of the Innovations conference.

Early Registration Now Open! Early registration for Innovations 2007 is now open online. Early registration allows you to receive registration discounts of up to 30 percent of the full registration cost. Early registration ends February 2, 2007, so register now.

Innovations Streams. The Innovations conference incorporates ideas, initiatives, and inspirations from seven major streams into the broader conference goal of encouraging and facilitating student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation:

  • Learning and Teaching;
  • Leadership and Organization;
  • Workforce Preparation and Development;
  • Student Services and Activities;
  • Basic Skills and Developmental Education;
  • Resource Development and Foundation Management; and 
  • Research, Assessment, and Accountability.

Major Events and Opportunities. Innovations features many opportunities for professional and organizational development, including

  • More than 2,000 participants exchanging the latest innovative practices in community colleges;
  • Learning Center Courses on leading-edge topics granting certificates of completion;
  • Extensive exhibition of educational resources and services from League Corporate Partners;
  • Engaging keynotes, forums, special sessions, and poster sessions addressing critical issues facing community college educators;
  • Roundtable discussions offering a more personal setting for exchanging ideas;
  • Email and internet Lab for staying in touch; and 
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions, coffee and refreshment breaks, and after-hours gatherings.
Keynotes
Mittelstet
Vanderbroek
Chickering
Stephen K. Mittelstet
President, Richland College
Dallas, TX
Sophie V. Vandebroek
Chief Technology Officer and President
Xerox Innovation Group
Xerox Corporation
Rochester, NY
Arthur Chickering
Professor and Special Assistant to the President, Goddard College
Plainfield, Vermont
     
Panel
Marta smith

Martha Smith, President
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD

Scott hess

Scott Hess
Acting Group Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education, OVAE
Department of Education
Washington D.C.

Rufus glasper

Rufus Glasper
Chancellor
Maricopa Community College District
Tempe, AZ

P. anthony zeiss

P. Anthony Zeiss
President,
Central Piedmont Community College,
Charlotte, NC

Henry shannon
Henry D. Shannon
Chancellor
St. Louis Community College
St. Louis, MO
Larry warford

Larry Warford
CCTI Project Director and Senior Consultant for Workforce Development
League for Innovation in the Community College
Phoenix, AZ

Gerardo e. de los santos
Gerardo E. de los Santos
Panel Moderator
President and CEO
League for Innovation in the Community College

Phoenix, AZ

Hotel and Travel Information. Hotel and travel information is now available. For assistance or additional information, please visit http://www.league.org/i2007/index.htm, or contact Mary Harris at harris@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 228.

Preconference Events. In addition to the full Innovations conference, the following preconference events are available:

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2007 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals

2007 learning college summitJune 24-27, 2007
Dallas Hilton Lincoln Centre
Dallas, Texas
Hosted by
Dallas County Community College District

The League invites proposals for forum sessions at the fifth annual Learning College Summit to be held June 24-27, 2007, at the Dallas Hilton Lincoln Centre in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 28, 2007. Click here to submit a proposal online.

Registration for the 2007 Learning College Summit is now open. Register online at http://www.league.org/ls2007/reg/.

Now in its fifth year, the League's 2007 Learning College Summit is being hosted by Dallas County Community College District. Plans are fully under way for this exciting gathering, which brings together educators from around the nation and world who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions. As an integral facet of the League's Learning Initiative, the Learning College Summit is designed to benefit colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered as well as veteran learning-college institutions that are well on their way.

In a small conference center setting, the 2007 Learning College Summit will serve as a working retreat for college teams or for individual representatives from colleges to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges. This gathering of community college educators is designed to foster networking and collaborative opportunities among colleagues, and is a vehicle to investigate ways colleges have successfully undertaken significant organizational transformation to improve student learning.

The 2007 Learning College Summit offers participants opportunities to explore in depth five pressing topics in community college education as they relate to the Learning College concept in action:

  • Quality Enhancement;
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment;
  • Learning Environments;
  • Student Engagement; and 
  • Professional Development.

Each topic is the focus of deep examination during its own morning or afternoon session. Each session features a symposium, forums, and conversations about learning.

Symposium. Each half-day session begins with a plenary symposium focused on the topic for that session. Each symposium features a discussion by leaders and practitioners in the specific topic area, followed by a question-and-answer period involving Summit participants. Participants are encouraged not only to ask questions of the speakers, but also to share brief descriptions of ways their colleges are working to make that aspect of their institution more learning centered.

Forums. Held concurrently, the forums for each half-day session follow the symposium and feature a team of two or three participants from one or more institutions presenting successful approaches to achieving educational transformation in the topic area. Presenters provide specific examples of successful strategies and practices used at their college. The deadline for submitting proposals to present a forum is February 28, 2007.

Conversations About Learning. Each half-day session ends with conversations about learning designed to provide college teams the opportunity to regroup and reflect on their experiences at the Summit and to begin discussing ways to apply their learning at their college. Teams may choose to use this time to meet with other college teams and/or individuals. For participants who are the sole representative from their institution, these conversations offer an opportunity to continue symposium and forum dialogues and to discuss challenges, obstacles, and successes with others. Individuals may also choose to use this time for meeting with specific college teams and/or individuals.

The 2007 Learning College Summit has the following goals:

  • Provide a comfortable setting for educators to share the successes and challenges of transforming institutions to become more powerfully focused on learning.
  • Increase understanding of the concepts of the Learning College as a framework and inspiration for affecting institutional change to improve student learning, performance, and success.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of innovative processes and approaches to transforming undergraduate education and improving institutional student outcomes.
  • Facilitate participant interaction and development of new networks of colleagues who support Learning College concepts.

If you want to learn more about the process of transforming the structures, procedures, and practices of your institution to focus on producing meaningful and successful student learning, the 2007 Learning College Summit will give you an opportunity to share ideas, approaches, and experiences with colleagues in higher education. For more information, visit the Learning College Summit website or contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 238.

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Conference on Information Technology

Preparations are under way for the 2007 Conference on Information Technology, to be held at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, November 11-14. The Tennessee Board of Regents System will serve as host for the 23rd annual event to explore the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

Quote 1Proposals to present at the 2007 Conference on Information Technology can be submitted online. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 23, 2007.

Nashville boasts a mild climate year round with some of the most beautiful and vibrant foliage in the country. Best known for its musical history, Nashville's The District attracts visitors with its nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. Attractions cover the spectrum from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the famous Grand Ole Opry to a priceless Picasso and a full-size replica of the Parthenon. There is something for everyone in Music City. Country music fan or not, Nashville gets your toes tapping!

Quote 2Each year CIT’s Track One focuses on an emerging technology of particular interest to educators. For the 2007 CIT, Track One features Portable High-Tech Media Devices and Their Implications for Instruction. The growing consumer use of MP3 players, PDAs, cell phones, and other portable high-tech media devices raises questions about their role in improving student learning and student access to learning. How does the use of these devices change the dynamics of teaching and learning? Does instructional content linked to these devices now make them an additional de facto student purchase? How is instructional success defined and measured when using these devices? Proposals targeted toward this focus area should focus on the evaluation, adaptation, and use of portable high-tech media devices for academic purposes. Although the increased use of portable high-tech media devices is the special focus of the 2007 CIT, other proposal topics related to the emerging and future use of information technology at community and technical colleges are strongly encouraged.

For additional information about the 2007 Conference on Information Technology, contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Don’t Miss the CCTI Summit!

The deadline is nearing to join the CCTI Network and attend the March Summit in New Orleans. If you’re interested in College and Career Transitions, Career Clusters, and Career Pathways, you’ll want to join the CCTI Network. As a member of the network you’ll be able to register for the CCTI Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Hilton Riverside, March 3-4, 2007. The CCTI Summit is designed to bring together CCTI Network Colleges that are working toward easing student transitions, increasing the rate of completion, building partnerships, reducing remediation, and developing career pathways. The network is free to join by going to www.league.org/cti/networkapplication. Don’t be left out; join now and register for the Summit!

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Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
Offers Free Course Evaluations

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) is once again offering free course evaluations, a $1,200 value, to organizations committed to quality online course development. Through an RFP process, 10 courses will be selected to receive a complete evaluation through the Online Course Evaluation Process (OCEP). This process involves using a team of evaluators to look at the scope, scholarship, and instructional design, as well as pedagogical and production values of each course. The results of these evaluations will be posted at WCET’s Edutools website, www.edutools.info.

If you have created a high-quality online course and are committed to continuous course improvement, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Your course will be evaluated by impartial professionals who will provide you with an objective overview of over 52 elements of your course. To obtain the full RFP, as well as the objective criteria used to evaluate the courses, please visit www.montereyinstitute.org/ocep. Look for “2006-07 OCEP RFP” in the upper right corner. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2007.

OCEP is funded through a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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League for Innovation and Microsoft Announce
Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards

Microsoft

The League for Innovation and Microsoft invite League Alliance institutions to nominate two outstanding community college technology students for the Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards. The winners of these awards will be determined through a national search of nominations from League for Innovation member colleges. The awards - each in the amount of $5,000, plus copies of Microsoft software programs - will be presented to two students with special talent and interest in a career in technology who also demonstrate a need for financial assistance in meeting their career goals. Community college faculty or staff members are invited to nominate student candidates by returning the nomination form accompanied by a 500-word letter of recommendation. For more information about the Terry O’Banion Student Technology award process, please contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 234.

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The League’s 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year
Competition Now Open

LeagueThe League for Innovation in the Community College announces the opening of the 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year competition. League Alliance Member Institutions are eligible to participate in this valuable program that recognizes and celebrates faculty and staff innovation.

To determine if your college is a member, visit http://membership.league.org/allimembers.html. For information about the Innovation of the Year award process, please contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 234.

All winning innovations will be featured on the League website. To view the 2005-2006 Innovation of the Year winners, visit http://www.league.org/league/competitions/innovations/.

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The New York Times Announces 2nd Annual Innovative
Teaching and Learning Award Competition

New york times

The League for Innovation and The New York Times invite League Alliance Member institutions to participate in the 2nd annual Innovative Teaching and Learning Awards. Member colleges are encouraged to nominate two faculty members and two students who have shown exceptional growth or creativity through the use of The New York Times. To determine if your college is a League Alliance Member, visit http://membership.league.org/allimembers.html. Please visit the League website to download the faculty and student application forms.
 
For more information about the Innovative Teaching and Learning Award, please contact Wendy Neil in the League office (neil@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 234) or Jan Gilboy at The New York Times (gilboj@nytimes.com or 1-888-443-1800).

The New York Times College Website. To find curriculum guides and instructional strategies, faculty should visit The Times college website at www.nytimes.com/college. There, faculty can do a search of over 160 subject areas that will provide them the last 10 articles from The Times. In addition, faculty and students can also sign up for email alerts on topics that are of interest to them. The Navigator tool is used by New York Times reporters and editors for their forays onto the web and is a great research tool for students and faculty. For more information, please send an email to Jan Gilboy at gilboj@nytimes.com or call at 1-888-443-1800.

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Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education

In our densely interconnected world, integrative teaching and learning have never been more important, but in what components of their studies and in what dimensions of themselves are students being asked to make connections? We understand integration within a major, between fields, and even between knowledge and practice. More recently, the relationship between curricular and co-curricular activities has received attention. While these and other trends help students and faculty integrate otherwise fragmentary elements of their educational venture, do we go far enough? Do our efforts reach the often unspoken heart of higher education?

The central questions become, Do current higher education efforts address the whole human being - mind, heart, and spirit - in ways that contribute best to our future on this fragile planet? What steps can we take to make our community colleges, colleges, and universities places that awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff?

After two years of dialogue and planning, The Fetzer Institute and California Institute of Integral Studies are sponsoring a major conference in San Francisco on February 22–25, 2007, for the field of higher education. Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education will focus on integrative learning for compassionate action in an interconnected world. Conference partners include the Associated New American Colleges, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Independent Colleges, League for Innovation in the Community College, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Targeted to faculty, administrators, student life professionals, and chaplains, the conference will address the relationships between curriculum and values; intellectual, aesthetic, and moral intelligences; technical competency and compassionate action; critical reasoning and contemplative inquiry; and vocation and life purpose. The rising interest in integrative learning supports a holistic approach to education that is founded on a growing recognition of the need for students to integrate their inner lives and their outer vocations. One aim of the conference is to draw together and articulate teaching perspectives from around the world that are theoretical, pedagogical, and relational. Tracks of inquiry will include contemplation, spirituality, and religion in higher education; integration of emotional and academic intelligence; cross-cultural competency, integrative learning communities, learning through work and service, leading from within, and the major trends in research.

With the rigor of traditional academic conferences, leading faculty, administrators, and student life professionals will present and explore best teaching practices as well as theoretical frameworks for programs, courses, and activities that will explore, promote, and cultivate a balanced education of heart, mind, and spirit, and a need to work in the world. At the same time, this conference will gather leading and diverse voices from across the country to share their journeys as educators.

Keynote speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; educational activist and author Parker Palmer; Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela of the University of Cape Town and author of A Human Being Died That Night; Robert Kegan, developmental psychologist at Harvard University and author of The Evolving Self; Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College; Steve Mittelstet, president of Richland College; Diana Chapman Walsh, president of Wellesley College; Alexander and Helen Astin, co-directors of the Templeton Project on Spirituality in Higher Education. The conference includes five preconference institutes, 50 sessions, and four site visits in San Francisco.

Session leaders include Mirabai Bush, Arthur Chickering, Mary Taylor Huber, Pat Hutchings, Paul Elsner, Peter Laurence, Wayne Muller, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Rose O’Reilly, David Pollick, Ann Ponder, Laura Rendon, Elizabeth Ursic, Hal Roth, Jake Schrum, David Scott, Steve Severin, Patti Owen Smith, Beverly Tatum, and Arthur Zajonc.

Online registration begins this fall. For more information, visit http://www.heartofeducation.org or email Joseph Subbiondo, president of California Institute of Integral Studies, at heartofeducation@ciis.edu.

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The TLT Group’s FridayLive! Focus on Clickable Images

What is FridayLive!...? Steve Gilbert moderates an interactive, internet-accessible, multimedia, weekly 2pm Eastern series from the TLT Group.  The online sessions alternate each week among Stakeholders' Dialogues, Clothing the Emperor Interviews, and Quick-LTAs.

Clickable Images – January 12, 2007 2pm EST. John Prusch, Excelsior College, will provide some examples of clickable images, also called image maps, and tell us how they can be used in teaching and learning.
Register for each FridayLive! session by clicking here. Each month The TLT Group provides a number of free seats to iStream subscribers. For information about the free seats and iStream, contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234.

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iStream Adds New Comment-Posting Feature

The League is pleased to introduce a new venue for members to exchange ideas and comments about the rich content available on iStream. Share your thoughts and opinions with iStream participants, authors, and faculty across North America and around the world with the new comment-posting feature.

Winner Announced! Marylan Hightree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI) is the latest winner of a free Innovations 2007 conference registration for using the new comment-posting feature. Congratulations Marylan! Another drawing will be held this month to select the final winner, who will receive a free Innovations 2007 registration. Each post to the Comments section will be counted as an individual entry in the drawing. Post a comment today and you may be the next winner!

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Look What’s Coming to iStream in January:
Focus on Innovative Assessment and Student Success

iStreamThoughtful Topics. With insight, humor, and a bit of song, Steve Johnson, President, Sinclair Community College, and Mark Milliron, Director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), share key information technology issues focused on "What’s on the Horizon and What’s in Your Face!"

League Projects. Keeping pace with the expansive growth of new courses and program offerings, Sinclair Community College has developed the Curriculum Management Tool (CMT) as a customized software solution for real-time updates to course approval processes, program scheduling, and statewide articulation plans.

Partners. The WebStudy Course Management System (CMS) offers easy integration of supplemental course materials with a variety of options that allow faculty to customize and create hybrid learning resources.

TLT Webinars, Dangerous Discussions, and Flashlight. This month's Diversity, Engagement, Technology, and Civil Discourse workshop will explore ways educators can speak civilly about the many dimensions of diversity. To register for any or all FridayLive! sessions, click here. Each month, the TLT Group makes a limited number of seats in their online workshops available to iStream members at no charge.

10 Questions to Leadership. When Kay McClenney talks quality, community colleges listen! Find out more about improving student learning and success from the director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and senior lecturer in the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Conference Keynotes and Special Sessions. The keynote speeches and special session presentations from the 2006 Conference on Information Technology, held last fall in Charlotte, North Carolina, are now available as streaming video on iStream! 

Log into iStream for new content, new updates, and new ideas. (http://istream.league.org) Not a subscribing institution? Contact Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234, to learn more!

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League Services Offers New Presentations and Workshops!

ServicesLeague Services provides speakers, workshops, training, and other professional development opportunities for community college faculty, staff, and administrators. Whether you’re planning an all-college convocation, a staff in-service workshop, a strategic planning retreat, or a faculty development program, League Services has options to meet your needs. The following list highlights just a few of the many League Services offerings. For more information, contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.

Enhancing Solutions: A Winning Opportunity. Conflict within human relationships can be either an insurmountable obstacle or an opportunity for solutions. During this presentation, learn about the art of enhancing solutions so that conflict can become an opportunity for creating growth, understanding, and mutual productivity. (More information.)

Living the Full Life: Manage Energy. A full life is to be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned. During this workshop, a highly practical, scientifically based approach to managing your energy more skillfully is introduced. (More information.)

Skillfully Working: Developing Your Strengths. Most organizations take their employees strengths for granted and focus on minimizing their weaknesses. This workshop focuses on identifying one’s own strengths and the strengths of others to maximize production and performance. (More information.)

The New Rules for Managers: Keys to Successful Management. This workshop teaches participants how to lead people so they will view their work as a calling rather than merely a job, a place to belong rather than a place to work. (More information.)

To have one of these presentations or workshops delivered on your campus, contact Ed Leach.

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Getting Results Faculty Development Modules

Getting resultsGetting Results, a free, online, multimedia professional development course for training community college faculty, produced by WGBH-TV in association with the League, is available online at no cost (http://www.league.org/gettingresults), and a CD version is available for purchase through the League Store (http://www.leaguestore.org).

The modules focus on the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, specifically in Advanced Technology Education classrooms. The videos accompanying 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 onsite use, Getting Results gives faculty members strategies for deepening teaching and learning. Extensive curriculum is now available online at no charge at http://www.league.org/gettingresults. Free downloadable PDF versions of web-based text and PowerPoint outlines are included with each module. A CD-ROM version that does not require internet access is available for purchase ($29 price includes standard shipping) from the League Store at http://www.leaguestore.org.

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 has been 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.

WGBH Boston is America’s pre-eminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's primetime 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 websites 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 http://www.wgbh.org.

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Recent Publications From the League

Each month, the League publishes Leadership Abstracts, Learning Abstracts, and Innovation Showcase. The most recent editions are available on the League website:

Leadership Abstracts: “Lessons Learned from Initiating a Community College Learning Community Program” by Loretta Ya-Wen Teng (December 2006). Launching a major grant-funded project can require not only a clearly defined vision, cross-college collaboration, and skilled leadership, but also a thorough knowledge of campus culture and departmental interests. In this article, read about these and other lessons learned through one college's grant-funded program to establish learning communities.

Learning Abstracts: “EPI: A Fast Track to K-12 Teaching” by Jess Delaney (December 2006). One answer to Florida's K-12 teacher shortage can be found in the award-winning Educator Preparation Institutes located at community colleges around the state. In this article, read how Santa Fe Community College is participating in this efficient, cost-effective, and creative statewide effort to train nontraditional students as K-12 teachers.

Innovation Showcase: “Diego Rivera’s Pan American Unity” by William Maynez (December 2006). City College of San Francisco is home to Pan American Unity, a world treasure painted by renowned Mexican artist Diego Rivera. In this article, read how the Diego Rivera Mural Project is ensuring the mural's accessibility to students, scholars, and others through educational and cultural programs not only in San Francisco, but also across the continent and around the world.

The complete archive of Leadership Abstracts and Learning Abstracts is available on iStream. If your college is not an iStream subscriber, learn how to gain access to these and other League publications and professional development resources by visiting www.league.org/istream or contacting Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.

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Member Spotlight: Bermuda College

Bermuda SpellDown
Leaving a Good Mark with Elementary Schools

Bermuda Community College
Paget, Bermuda

The Bermuda SpellDown was created as a culminating event of the Bermuda College’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2004. The theme for the anniversary year was “Leaving our Mark” – and the SpellDown seemed singularly appropriate at a time when the college was adjusting to its new community college philosophy and branding. We decided it would be a good way to establish an interactive relationship with students at a much younger age than traditionally had been the case, so that they would begin factoring Bermuda College into their options when prospects of higher education loomed in a few years.

Very similar to the American Spelling Bee, the SpellDown allowed us to uniquely combine our educational and community outreach mandate!

Students are eligible as long as they are in Primary 4 (Grade 3) – 6 (Grade 5). Schools are allowed to either appoint a representative or hold their own run-offs. Of the twenty-six public and private elementary schools in Bermuda, twenty-three participated last year. Members of the business community readily embrace the concept and contribute or co-sponsor generously with prizes ranging from laptop computers, iPods, bicycles, and gift certificates, to the grand prize of a Disney Cruise vacation for a family of four, donated by the Ministry of Education, the college’s partners. The winning school is also generously rewarded with plaques and prizes, donated by the college.

A new addition this year has been the introduction of the Bermuda SpellDown mascot, Kool Kat, who made his highly successful debut at the Bermuda Day parade in May, entertaining the crowds with dances and struts along the parade route. He accompanied the SpellDown top winners, who travelled the route by decorated horse and carriage, amidst much applause and well wishes from the crowds.

The college also took Kool Kat to visit each school at the start of the new school year in September to encourage their efforts for the 2007 SpellDown in January, and to promote the benefits of pursuing a college education.

Prior to the competition, students are treated to a day-long outing hosted by the college. It allows students to get to know one another and to develop camaraderie and friendships that usually outlast the competition!

The competition is comprised of semi-final ZoneDowns in each of the Eastern, Central, and Western parishes of the island. The top three winners of each ZoneDown then proceed to the Final SpellDown for the championship. The event is broadcast live on television.

Although approaching only its third year, the SpellDown has quickly become a mainstay of the primary school calendar. It has enhanced the college’s marketing efforts in reaching out to its future students and alumni, and it contributes uniquely to our mission of “Setting Bermuda’s students on the paths to success”.

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