Reading Apprenticeship Workshop at Highline Community College

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop at Highline Community College

 “I just did a victory dance! I did the reading techniques that you showed us over all three chapters . . .  and it really helped.”

 Highline Community College accounting student after learning her final exam grade (December 2013).

 Reading Apprenticeship is an inquiry into how faculty helps students make sense of text.  Join us to learn about Reading Apprenticeship and what it might do for your students!

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Creating Connection Around Capacity: Join Us in Conversation at the Winter College Readiness Retreat

Assessment, Teaching, and Learning SBCTC LogoIn my new position as Program Administrator of Faculty Development at the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), as I become ever more aware of different kinds of educational reform around college-readiness in the CTC system in Washington state, I grow increasingly interested in creating sustainable strategies for overcoming “pocketification” (aka “silos of innovation”).

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Peter Elbow to Speak at Spring Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference

Peter ElbowHappy Holidays to all of you, and congratulations to all of you for completing a highly successful fall quarter 2013!  While April and May of 2014 might seem very far off, I urge you to reserve April 30th-May 2nd for the annual Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington.

This year our keynote speaker will be Peter Elbow, Professor Emeritus in the department of English at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  In his keynote address, “Trying to Teach While Thinking About the End,” Dr. Elbow will revisit an essay (published in 1979 in the anthology On Competence).  In the original essay, Elbow explored some of what he called the “paradoxical effects” of a competence approach and raised questions about whether such an “rules out or inhibits certain styles or temperaments in teaching.”

35 years later, his inquiry still feel resonant and timely—perhaps even more so, as technology offers us previously un-imagined possibilities in regards to instructional design and competency based education (CBE).  I, for one, am most eager to hear the insights of this thoughtful scholar on this provocative topic.  As an added bonus, Dr. Elbow will be available for a follow-up discussion after the keynote with interested faculty.

Webinar Recording Available for Building a Common Foundation: The Process of Creating Transcript Grids for Placement

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Faculty, staff, and administrators from across the state joined us today to hear Marcie Sims and Laura Moore Mueller of Green River Community College (GRCC) describe the process (and the many unexpected benefits) of their collaborations with high school faculty to create transcript grids that place recent graduates using multiple measures.

I hope many of you will View the Blackboard Collaborate Recording.  It is truly a valuable resource!