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Articles on: Fighting federal government, STARS, Health Insurance increase, Heath Care Professionals needed. Many
December 13, 2013
Keywords: Critical thinking;personal responsibility;

Personality to be Inquiry Based Teacher
Goes through the traits of an inquiry based teacher. They can be taught and include being optimistic, open, flexible, appreciative, purposeful. Thom Markham
November 21, 2013
Keywords: Big Ideas; Inquiry Learning;student success

ACCS Journal Commentary-5 Articles with Links
Dean Holland highlights the following Articles in ACCS Journal: 1. Financial Value of an Associates Degree 2. Want Your Boss to Like You? CC to Pilot Soft Skills Program 3. Parents Must Take Responsibility for Kids, and Community Must Help 4. How Prepared are Alabama High School Graduates 5. Why Students Study Stem Commentary
October 9, 2013
Keywords: Graduation Rate;student success;First Year;student Support;motivation;home Life

Lessons from the Classroom-Lesson #1 Good Teachers share one special quality
Chapter 1 in Mr. Urban's book is about ways to communicate well your enthusiasm for your subject; to inspire your students. Good teachers work hard with a smile and are fun. Maintaining a youthful spirit throught your career is advocated by Mr. Urban. He includes a well written acronym, ETHUSIASM, that spells out desired Instructor qualities. Hal Urban
September 6, 2013
Keywords: attitude; purpose; student success; effective teaching;motivation;2014_top_articles

A Brief Summary of the Best Practices in College Teaching
Mr. Drummond synthesizes more than a dozen articles on the best college teaching practices. In the article he goes into great detail about 12 practices. They are: Lecture Practices, Group Discussion Triggers, Thoughtful Questions, Reflective Responses to Learner Contributions, Rewarding Learner Participation, Active Learning Strategies, Cooperative Group Assignments, Goals to Grades Connections, Modeling, Double Loop Feedback, Climate Setting, and Fostering Learner Self-Responsibility. Tom Drummond
August 14, 2013
Keywords: Effective Teaching; participation; self responsibility

5 Startup Lessons I Learned in the Military
Mr. Coney translates his Army security career into personal corporate success. He discusses cross- training in skills, valuing resourcefulness, innovation, and teamwork, allowing a team to do their work, and trusting your leadership instincts. Mike Coney
June 30, 2013
Keywords: Perseverance; discipline; teamwork; vigilance

Why Do I Teach?
This article is an excellent portrayal of Mr. Gutting's long term purpose of teaching and joy in it. Mr. Gutting reveals that the longevity of rote memory has minimal value unless used in your profession. The ability to connect, think logically and creatively should be emphasized; this allows students to connect and apply later in life. This gives students an intellectual culture to carry them through life. Gary Gutting
June 12, 2013
Keywords: educational value; creative thinking; critical thinking

Teaching EMS Effectively - Email
Mr. Thompson is discusses the benefits of what is now known as the flipped classroom. The students would view lecture at home and have workshops in class. He advocates exploring new ways to teach rather than the traditional lecture. Samuel Khan of Khan Academy is used as an example. Creating an interactive environment in the classroom is emphasized. Adam Thompson
May 30, 2013
Keywords: flipped classroom; non-traditional classroom; Khan; interactive education

Principles for Effective Teaching - Email
Ms. Smittle discusses 6 principles of effective teaching in developmental education. She particularly addresses both cognitive and non-cognitive needs. She indicates the key is classroom experience for these students. The six principles are: 1) commit to teaching the under-prepared, 2) demonstrate command of the subject, 3) address non-cognitive needs like motivation, define course goals and student self-motivation, 5) communicate high standards, and 6) engage in faculty improvement. Patricia Smittle
May 30, 2013
Keywords: effective teaching; cognitive needs; non-cognitive needs

Developing Bold Strategies for the 21st Century
Mr. Corey's commentary on the Community College Journal article from April/May 2013 indicates the lofty goals have been broken into 9 implementation teams: 1) completion, 2) reimagining student pathways, 3) collaboration of K-12 and CC, 4) developmental education, 5) closing the skills gap, 6) setting new policy and advocacy for reclaiming the American Dream, 7) redefining institutional roles, 8) accountability, and 9) faculty engagement and leadership development. The challenge for the teams is to create ideas to steer from theory to practice. Corey Murray
May 30, 2013
Keywords: K12 collaboration; completion; developmental; engagement

Seeing the Personal Side of the Completion Agenda
Ms. Mulligan brings her personal observations of individual graduates throughout the Missouri Community College System. She concludes with the thought that for all the logical reasons for a degree, sometimes the emotional act of completion and pride that goes with it can be just as important as the graduates transition to the new stage of life. Zora Mulligan
May 28, 2013
Keywords: Completion; commencement; 2020 initiative

Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning with Videos - Email
Ms. Schwartz takes the flipped classroom concept and explains it in terms of ?Mastery Learning?. Informational learning takes place outside the classroom. This can be through videos, links to reading, questions and problems. Once in the classroom, asynchronous learning and organized chaos takes place. Instructors are available and learning stations are set. In Mastery Learning, the student must prove mastery before moving to the next unit and this is proven individually when student indicates readiness. Katrina Schwartz
May 21, 2013
Keywords: flipped classroom; mastery learning; mastery model; objectives; outcomes

Can Community College Double the Number of Grads by 2020 - Email
Ms. Collett advocates changing the college paradigm from instructors being accountable for material presentation to being accountable for learning. Increasing the graduation rates would require a multipronged approach: find the students with just a few hours left and reach out to them, use a more coach approach in classroom (emotional and logical support), get students to perceive completion as a selling point for a job (employers like task completers), and provide more personal advising and mentoring. Stacey Collett
May 16, 2013
Keywords: Completion; learning accountability; advising; mentoring; effective teaching

Completion Begins and Ends in the Classroom - Email
Mr. O'Banion supports active a collaborative classrooms. It is important to provide support in the beginning from updates in admissions, orientations, assessments, advising, financial aid, etc. But, that the personal engagement must also continue to the classroom. The students need to feel actively engaged to persist and complete their college goals. The principles: 1) encourage contact, 2) encourage student cooperation, 3) encourage active learning, 4) give prompt feedback, 5) emphasize time on task, 6) communicate expectations, and 7) Respect diverse ways of learning. Terry O'Banion
May 13, 2013
Keywords: Completion; 2020 initiative; effective teaching; cognitive needs; non-cognitive needs

A Serious Disconnect in Education
Mr. Demicki iterates that high school graduates don't have the math and English necessary for freshman year at community college. Institutes at all levels should focus on these and take the time to delve deeper into subjects and cover less superficially. American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) study indicates instructors having to work around skill shortfalls with videos since students are unprepared. They suggest a grades P-20 academic alignment. Matthew Dembicki
May 7, 2013
Keywords: developmental; deep learning; critical thinking

College Leaders Face Huge Challenges
Ms. Ashford addresses 5 indicators that will likely be used to determine how community colleges measure up in the 2020 doubling of graduates' initiative. These are: 1) leadership, 2) faculty buy-in, 3) a transforming vision, 4) evidence, and 5) address all areas. Faculty need to hear the students, motivate, and work with them. Ellie Ashford
April 26, 2013
Keywords: Completion; 2020 initiative; leadership; change; motivate

UC Berkeley Large Lecture Classrooms (Effective Teaching) Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education - Email
The article discussed ten suggestions for large lecture courses maximize student satisfaction and learning, while functioning with minimal resources. These top eight of these ten are: 1) establish learning goals, 2) cut down on material, 3) focus on analyzing problems, 4) active learning and interactive lectures, 5) motivate to complete reading, 6) more and shorter feedback, 7) vary assessments, and 8) alternatives to final exams. Specific tips on implementing each of these are in the article. Commentary
April 25, 2013
Keywords: Motivation; lecture; active learning; feedback;2014_top_articles

The Gifted Hands of Dr. Benjamin Carson
Mr. Sowell discusses the book Gifted Hands in his newspaper article. The obstacles they each overcame were similar. Mr. Carson had everything working against him in middle school. Only the support and structured discipline of his mother turned things for him. With regard to Mr. Sowell, a move north placed him at the bottom of his class. He was able to catch up with hard work in a mono-racial school situation before moving on to integrated school. Thomas Sowell
April 4, 2013
Keywords: motivation; home life ;dignity of work; personal responsibility

What is Your Leadership Style? 3 Fundamental Ideas
Mr. Hillary discusses the mindset of leadership as it relates to teaching 100 plus students each term. Leaders are the people that are situation managers. The mindset involves impact and responsibility; it is the person that is draws people in times of crisis. There are 3 fundamentals: 1) be aware of your impact, 2) take responsibility, and 3) provide two way communications. Author Hillary
April 1, 2013
Keywords: leadership; motivation; maximizing learning

Economic Mobility is Not a Myth - Email
Mr. Sowell's editorial looks into the details of the statistics on Economic mobility. His belief is statistics should be calculated on individual's moving up and down, rather than the touted statistics of upper income brackets having a growing share, He argues the assumption that social barriers keeping people from moving up the income ladders may not be the predominate cause. He indicates that removing need motivation from lower income brackets and multiculturalism promoting a non standard English may be more causal. Thomas Sowell
March 13, 2013
Keywords: motivation; multiculturalism; education barriers; dignity of work; personal responsibility

ACS Overview With Links - Email
When Community College beats getting Bachelor's(early career), The End of Community Colleges, Online Recruiting of Adjuncts(NJ), Bureau of Labor Statistics on Gender Gap(women lead in education) Commentary
March 13, 2013
Keywords: gender gap

Best Advice: Down but Not Out
Pat Riley advises Mr. Gruber on managing losses to provide leadership to a team. He exhorts that leaders inspire and losing is part of the process of learning to win. Peter Gruber
March 6, 2013
Keywords: leadership; motivation; work; failure

Community College Graduates Out-earn Bachelor's Degree Holders
Mr. Marcus indicates that 30% of Community college graduates make more than their community college counter parts and at career beginning, the average is 1300-2500 more than the 4 year institution's average salary. The article states the careers that require 2 year degrees and starting salaries. It does not compare matching degrees. Jon Marcus
February 26, 2013
Keywords: Community College earnings

Next Time You Skip Class, Consider the Cost - Email
A U-Mass Professor calculated the average hourly cost to student if he/she skips class. The article goes on to equate hourly rates at different colleges to things a student might like. Dan Reimo
February 24, 2013
Keywords: Attendance

Five Habits of Great Students: Lessons from Top-Ranked STEM School
The 5 learned habits fostered by parents, faculty, and administration are: 1) Read early, late, often, 2) Write Daily, 3) Be prepared and organized, 4) Collaborate with others, and 5) Question your teachers. Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross
February 20, 2013
Keywords: active learning; student support; study habits; skills;2014_top_articles

Changing Faculty Culture Leads to Better Student Outcomes
The article discusses engaging and cooperative classroom learning, flipping part of the learning, critical thinking, writing and shifting instruction every 10 minutes, and collaboration across disciplines. Commentary
February 13, 2013
Keywords: student outcomes; pedagogy; student engagement; flipped

A Matter of Degrees
Articles include: Design Principles for effective Practice, Promising Practices for Community College Student Success, Designing Practices for Student Success, and Next Steps for the Center and Colleges. Center for Community College Student Engagement
February 12, 2013
Keywords: effective teaching; active learning; First year; student support; student feedback

6 expert Tips for Flipped Classroom
Ms. Desk asked 3 experienced classroom flippers, and their top 6 recommendations are: 1) Use existing technology, 2) Be up front with expectations, 3) Step aside and let students learn from each other[text annotation online], 4) Assess pre-class material, 5) Identify what parts to flip, and 6)Build assessments that complement the flipped classroom model. Jennifer Desk
January 23, 2013
Keywords: flipped classroom;technolgy; online peer learning

Its All About College Culture
The authors articulate there are 5 desirable dimensions to the culture: 1) connection, 2) high expectations, 3) potential, 4) collaboration, and 5) evidence and inquiry Kay McClenney and Arleen Arnsparger
January 18, 2013
Keywords: effective Teaching; Student Feedback; Instructor Growth

Critical Thinking and Journal Articles - Email
Directions for activity to get students to delve into scholarly journal articles. It involves group reviewing one of 4 articles and then peer teaching to another group, each with different article and perspective Catherine Eloranto
January 3, 2013
Keywords: critical thinking; Instructor growth

Reducing Student's Fear of Assessment
Since a student's fear can be paralyzing, there are several strategies listed to work a student through those anxieties. Strategies include: 1. multiple low stakes, 2. Feedback sandwiched in compliments, 3. provide recorded comments, and 4. Role play office hours. Commentary
January 1, 2013
Keywords: effective teaching; leadership; anxiety

Colleges and Employers Point Fingers Over Skill Gaps
Employers want adaptability and workers that can come up with critical pieces of data to resolve problems. Employers are evenly split as to whether Liberal Arts or Specific Preparation education. In the end, apprenticeships are advocated to go with a smart college graduate. Jeff Selingo
January 1, 2013
Keywords: critical thinking; employer desires

Novice Teaching
The advantages of being a content novice when we teach are: a more realistic view of prior knowledge of the students, a better knowledge of the time needed to do material, able to relate material to everyday items. James M. Lang
January 1, 2013
Keywords: relating material

Poverty-Costly, Forgotten, and Worse than Ever
Ms. Mercer indicates that throwing money alone will not alleviate poverty, but giving simple rule for young people may. According to the Brookings Institute after a Census study, the three rules are 1. finish high school, 2. work full time, and 3. wait until age 21 and get married before having a child. Marsha Mercer
January 1, 2013
Keywords: poverty

Resilience: Bend and Bounce So You Won't Break
Bending and adapting make resilient people. According to the author, there are 4 aspects: 1. connect with positive people, 2. learn to laugh, 3. have a daily plan of action, and 4. practice being optimistic. Feeling good about things is a choice. Commentary
January 1, 2013
Keywords: Stress relief; anxiety;

Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams
Mr. Jaffa advocates telling students to study for mastery and learning rather than just to pass an exam. Getting students to d desire to learn for mastery and enjoy the process for life should be a goal. David Jaffee
January 1, 2013
Keywords: desire to learn;2014_top_articles

Are You as Good a Teacher as You Think
Mr. Price indicates that instructors tend to over estimate their teaching. He advocates both self analysis and student feedback. Paul C. Price
January 1, 2013
Keywords: effective Teaching; Student Feedback; Instructor Growth;2014_top_articles

The Writing Revolution
Ms. Tyre discusses how writing can improve all aspects of learning. But, it must include teaching to write The major missing aspects included coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, for , nor, yet, so) and words like although, unless, if. She also indicated that kids need a formula to start learning to write. Peg Tyre
January 1, 2013
Keywords: curriculum; effective teaching

College is Dead. Long Live College
Ms. Ripley provides an excellent article on the pros and cons of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He compares a small less selective Public College, a very elite 4 year University, and a MOOC. She does an excellent job exploring where we are and where we are heading in education. Amanda Ripley
January 1, 2013
Keywords: curriculum; effective teaching

Writing Behavioral Objectives
Summary taken from R. Kizlik, the author indicates a learning objective contains three parts: 1. the behavior verb (action), 2. the condition of performance, 3. the performance criteria. The condition will tell the learner what( where) to get the information. The performance criteria will indicate how well the student should perform the criteria. Examples are given. R. Kislik
January 1, 2013
Keywords: Objectives; Outcomes

Using End-of-Term Feedback for Classroom Growth
The authors give 5 tips for collecting feedback from students. 1) Tailor the questionaire, 2) analyze student performance, 3) collect at 4 weeks as well, 4) have student representative, and 5) discuss results with a peer. Also, first impressions count and an early low stakes assessment will aid in identifying and teaching responsible behavior. Marilla Svincki and Wilbert McKeachie
December 31, 2012
Keywords: student feedback

Maintaining the Attitude of a Life-Long Learner - Email
Life-long learner recommendations for instructors include reading scholarly publications, hearing and discussing at conferences and workshops, as well as peer observation and method review. Marilla Svincki and Wilbert McKeachie
December 31, 2012
Keywords: staying current; peer observation; student feedback

Innovative Strategies to Raise Completion Rates
Ms. Ashford discusses personal mentoring, identifying student's with enough credits to graduate, allowing reverse transfers be graduates, adding a refresh program, and guaranteed admission to state universities. These methods involve actively seeking information and processing to identify students. Additional ways of defining success at community colleges are being suggested and used at the sample community colleges. Ellie Ashford
August 12, 2012
Keywords: motivation; support; mentor

Can Students Learn to Learn - Email
Mr. Jaschik discusses ways to help students analyze the way they are learning. Small tid bits of pre and post test thinking to help students make strides in their learning and planning to learn. Scott Jaschik
January 31, 2011
Keywords: metacognition;reflections on learning;wrappers

Why Teacher Dispositions are a Crucial Aspect of Student Success
Ms. Hallam used researched based on high inference tools going back 50 years. Four aspects showed form the research: 1 they see themselves as effective, 2. they see their students as able to learn, 3. they see a larger purpose, and 4 they understand the people element. Maura Kate Hallam
January 1, 2009
Keywords: attitude; purpose; student success

November 8 Article Summary
Dean Holland commented on several articles relating to WCC's vision statement. They include: 1) Transformational Change, 2)15% of US Youth out of school and work, 3) MOOC education, 4) Texting in Class, 5) WCC's Title III grant, 6) Technology is dehumanizing,7) Career/Tech Education, 8) Ending the graduation exam, 9) Sharpening Leadership teams, 10) Unprepared to Work, 11) Mixson Scholarship, 12) Alabama Lags Nation in Math, 13) Commentary-Dean Holland
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Vision Statement Supporting Articles Summary
Dean Holland summarizes the following articles: 1) Transformational Change,2) 15% of Youth out of work and school, 3) MOOC's, 4) Texting in class, 5) Title III grant, 5) Technology dehumanizing, 6) Career Tech education, 7) Ending Graduation Exam, 8)AACC to sharpen leadership teams, 9) Unprepared for work, 10) Mixson Wcc Scholarship, 11) Alabama behind in Math, 12) Young children lag in cognitive skills, and 13) Strategies to improve student success. Commentary-Dean Holland
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Keywords: student success

November 26 Article Summary
The following articles are summarized: 1) Older Americans alter attitude on work,retirement, 2)WCC Instructor Re-Elected as Board Chair, 3) 3D Exec: Dothan right choice for facility, 4) Minorities More Than Whites Embrace the Value of College, Survey Finds, 5) The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?, 6)State Representatives and ACCS Chancellor Visit Wallace Community College - Dothan, 7) Wallace Community College Holds GED Graduation, 8) Wallace Community College Holds First Annual Science Decathlon, 9) Four reasons to choose community college, 10 Net Zero, and 11) College-Completion Rates Remain at Last Year's Pace Commentary-Dean Holland
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