Breakout Session – Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Glimpse into the Classroom through Video…a Pre-Service Teacher's Journey into the Future
Looking for innovative ways to observe your students PreK-12 classroom field experiences and provide quality, meaningful feedback? Are you limited on availability to provide feedback on these in-person experiences? This session explores the use of innovative video practices in PreK-12 field experiences.

The CLASS: System and Teacher Education: Why It Matters, How It Works
Join us to explore the growing focus on effective teacher-child interactions and discover approaches for integrating them into your early childhood teacher education program.

eLearning gets a Gold Star: An Innovative Approach to Support Faculty in their Course Design
Discover how your faculty can earn a Gold Star! This session will examine a model for creating a comprehensive approach to online and hybrid professional development and quality assurance. The Mesa Community College Gold Star Program is a faculty-centered, training and peer-review process based on self-assessment, professional development, mentoring, and peer review for continuous improvement of quality online and blended teaching and learning.

We Go Together? Collaborative Partnerships Lead to Promising Pathways
In the last years, three Minnesota community colleges have worked together to achieve a collaborative relationship that includes: creating a shared teacher education curriculum, managing transfer agreements, leveraging scarce resources, and navigating the political landscapes. Participants will be invited to outline strategies that may sustain and bolster their program's success.

Today's Students...Tomorrow's Teachers
Finding willing and quality mentor teachers for pre-service teachers is becoming more and more difficult. Phoenix Community College would like to demonstrate ways to enhance school partnerships and increase the quality of practicum experiences that guarantee alignment with EDU course competencies while keeping critical STEM content in mind.

Community Colleges at a Crossroads: Challenges and Benefits of Offering Teacher Education Programs at Two-year Institutions
This presentation will analyze how the limited interpretation given to state requirements by four-year institutions can stunt the growth of teacher education programs at community colleges. As a result, this topic's discussion will concentrate on how this practice can hinder the process of community college students eventually becoming teachers.

Workplace Coaching and Professional Development: Using Developmentally Appropriate Practice with Adult Learners
Presenters will discuss coaching adults as an opportunity to build potential, framed within a developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) for the adult learner. Coaching looks to the future, embraces change, and allows staff to grow. Coaching, using an early childhood DAP approach, can create a positive culture in your organization.

Route 21: A Travel Guide for Lesson Design and Delivery
Route 21 was designed as a training tool for K-12 teachers and support staff. It is also being used with college faculty to promote effective lesson design and delivery. Engage in a rubric overview and complete a self-inventory to measure current practices in relation to the Route 21 standards.

Boosting Pre-Service Teachers through Burnout to Wellness
This interactive workshop will address one of the leading causes of teacher turnover: burnout. The session will include statistics, information, and interactive dialogue on strategies to address and avoid burnout while providing a means to infuse positive energy back into teaching, starting with our pre-service teachers.

The Best Deal in Town: Licensure Renewal Courses at the Community College
The Community College offers the best deal for in-service teachers looking for licensure renewal coursework. This session is designed for participants to discuss how to best meet this need.

AVID's Teacher Preparation Initiative: A Journey to Instructional Expertise for Future Teachers
The AVID Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) is a part of AVID for Higher Education designed to impact teacher candidates as they support a college-going culture. TPI provides an understanding of AVID frameworks and methodologies so they enter the field practicing instructional strategies that will make them successful in meeting students' needs.

Stories from the Field: Service Learning Experiences Enhancing In-Class Learning in Preparing Effective Teachers
Mesa Community College pre-service teachers will share engaging undergraduate experiences that support their in-course learning through service learning experiences in the teaching field. TL3C/FEC/America Reads students will demonstrate strategies learned, experiences gained, and the benefit of field experiences in preparing them to be effective teachers.
Haberman Teacher Selection Based on Research
From his on-going research, Dr. Martin Haberman, distinguished professor Emeritus, UWM, crafted an interview which gets to the heart of what teaching should be for children, especially those who live in poverty. The questions and answers were derived from what the best teachers believe their job will and should be. This interview is not about content or pedagogy but instead examines the teacher's capacity to build relationships with children, parents, and school leaders in general. This session will provide background information for educators who provide training for future teachers. Learning more about the dimensions assessed for selecting great teachers will be the primary goal for the attendees.

Service Learning - The Portal to Teacher Education
Service learning is beneficial for future teachers! Research shows the positive impact service learning has on students and community alike; the experiences at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) reflect the many benefits for pre-service teachers. An EMCC education student will share encounters with, and lessons learned from, their service learning adventures.

Syllabus Organization for Outstanding Outcome
When the leader is disorganized, so are the followers. Why not organize your teaching for outstanding outcomes? Learn how to revise your syllabus to increase course engagement and academic success. Participants will revise their own syllabi according to strategies presented. Anyone who needs to create a document that identifies objectives will benefit from attending.

A to Z: Learning Web 2.0 Tools
As technology is constantly changing and evolving in today's world, how do we as educators, meet the needs of the 21st century student? The focus of this presentation will highlight and demonstrate Web 2.0 Tools to enhance teaching and to learn how to engaging students across disciplines regardless of delivery format.

Forging New Transfer Paths
As college expenses increase, so do the number of students beginning their educational journeys at community colleges. With this increase comes the need to identify and address barriers to transfer success. Presenters elaborate on their transfer agreement, barriers to student transfer success, and innovative ways they are meeting students' needs.

Persistence of Under-Represented Students in STEM Utilizing Cohort Model
The Engineering, Physics, Economics, and Computer Science (EPECS) STEM Scholars Program at Bishop State Community College provides underrepresented students with strong academic, social, and financial support to persist in STEM. The college utilizes a cohort model where students take all of their courses together with 100 percent retention rate.

Successful Articulation with the University Next Door
This session showcases practices at a local community college teacher education program that lead to successful articulation to the nearby university, alignment of courses for transfer, and grants and contracts that build and sustain enrollment.

A Journey in Preparing Future Elementary School Teachers through an Early Learning Foundation
Join students, faculty, program partners, and an evaluator from a comprehensive pilot in its third year as they share a unique program that integrates an early childhood foundation into an existing successful pre-service elementary teacher partner program.

From STEM Career to Professional STEM Educator
National Science Foundation Scholars will facilitate a collaborative conversation highlighting STEM specific student engagement strategies, antidotal stories concerning working in high-need schools, and advice for surviving the critical first year of teaching. Topics highlighted in this session will foster discussion around the complexities of tailoring instruction for students while simultaneously encouraging future educators.

Teaching is my Future if I can just make it through College!
Being a college student is juggling act. Academic life, family life, and work life all add up to a very full life. How can a community college student juggle it all while preparing to transfer? Come hear students' stories of how they keep all of their balls in the air.

Walking the Talk - Implementing the Common Core Standards in Teacher Preparation Courses
Educating our pre-service students in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is essential. But there is more to the CCSS than navigation. This session explores research-based teaching strategies indicated in the delivery of the CCSS; and many of these strategies will be used to walk the talk of the standard.

Informed Practice: A Look towards Teacher Accountability and Student Success
Researchers will present student assessment techniques currently being used to better inform professors of student needs. The disconnect between the teachers' understanding of student needs and individual student assessment will be addressed. Looking deeper into the data has led these researchers to the discovery of trends that have helped professors to increase student success.

Professionals at Potential: Exploring the PaPO3
Faculty teaching new/revised special education courses in the Paraprofessional/Special Education A.A.S. uses a specially designed tool called the Professional Potential Progress Plan (PaPO3). This tool applies Council for Exceptional Children Paraprofessional Standards rating to faculty's current knowledge and skills. Participants discuss how the PaPO3 impacts faculty professional development.

Tools of Survival and Success
This session enables participants to gain and practice specific strategies to foster student success and retention. As students journey into the future these essential strategies, including mentoring, organization, and engagement, will better prepare students to attain their personal educational goals. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and engage in hands-on applications.

Revising and Recruiting: Reaching out to the Early Education Work Force
Current needs in early education are requiring community colleges to revise their programs. The Community College of Baltimore County, through a combination of advisory meetings, grant proposals, course revisions, and exit exams, is successfully revising its A.A.S. for educators, currently in the workforce, who are seeking college credits and degrees.

The Human Library
The Human Library works like a normal library: readers come and borrow books, however the Human Library books are people, and the books and readers have a personal dialogue. Books represent groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and who are often victims of discrimination. Books can not only speak, but are able to reply to the readers' questions. Learn how this can be integrated into course content.

Your Canvas: Creating an EDU Independent Service-Learning Module
The Mesa Community College EDU Independent Service-learning Module guides students to create a learning plan beyond the required field experience hours for EDU courses. Bi-weekly surveys quantify the mindfulness of service learning and reflection blogs provide qualitative data for student growth. Explore the course and learn how to modify components in free Canvas!

PBL and Pinterest
Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Pinterest explain how PBL is a growing trend throughout K-12 schools. This active and engaged teaching approach helps students with authentic challenges, critical thinking, service learning, and technology literacy. Recent PBL projects aligning with INTASC standards will be showcased such as Pinterest boards, bulletin boards, and YouTube videos.

Lessons Learned: Developing a Consistent Lesson Plan Format from Community College to Four-Year Comprehensive College
This session will describe the dynamics of a successful partnership between two- and four-year institutions in a rural setting. Using Common Core State Standards curriculum as the shared language, a detailed lesson plan template was piloted in both programs to help provide for more seamless transfer. The template and recommendations will be shared.

Bringing School Choice to Life
In this session, attendees will learn about a unique model of Service Learning that affords pre-service teachers with the opportunity to experience multiple school settings that could be their potential work environments in the future.,/

Equipping Teachers: Using the Environment Rating Scales in Teacher Training Programs
Participants will learn how colleges across the country are using the Scales in their teacher training programs and how the Scales can be used as a basis for change. Participants will also learn how one technical college incorporated on-line courses on the Scales in their teacher training program.

To Flip or Not to Flip
Explore the impact of the flipped classroom on common instruction practices. Participants will compare the effectiveness of flipped and traditional lessons. Examples from presenter's online and F2F lessons will be provided. By the end of the presentation, each participant will be able to design a flipped lesson for their classroom.