Friday, February 28, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Technology, Trends & Issues

This forum will focus on sharing information on open educational resources (OER) and how to incorporate them into teacher education courses. Find free textbooks and content that you can legally use. Bring your laptop or iPad to navigate websites and add to your favorites. The pros and cons of massive open online courses (MOOCs) will also be discussed.

  • Carol Billing, Education Faculty, College of Western Idaho, ID
  • Lois Oestreich, Associate Professor, Salt Lake Community College, UT
  • Linette Manier, Director, Teacher Education, Normandale Community College, MN

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Field Placement for Online Courses

With the current focus on keeping educational costs low, many community colleges are expanding their online course offerings. How do teacher education programs partner with schools out of their county or state? How are colleges partnering to provide practicums and field experiences, maintaining program expectations, and ensuring consistency in evaluation processes? Do Memorandums of Understanding need to be reviewed and/or updated? Presenters experienced with online courses will share information addressing these questions and more.

  • Mary Braselton, Dean for Social/Behavioral Sciences, Midland College, Midland, TX
  • Linda Gronberg-Quinn, Director of Teacher Education, Community College of Baltimore, MD

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Friday, February 28, 2014, 1:45 4:45 p.m.

An Instructional Skills Experience

Experience an Instructional Skills Workshop overview in an interactive format. Bill Gates asks, "What is a great teacher?" He states 95 percent of our teachers get the least amount of feedback. He explains authentic feedback for teachers is one of the most powerful resources for developing great educators for the 21st century classroom.

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) model offers competency based instruction, experiential learning, and provision of caring, growth-producing feedback to help teachers improve their skills. Participants state the greatest value is an opportunity for feedback and reflection on their instruction from the learner perspective. Please join us to discover how this format can help your teacher education program, your future teachers, and your institution.

  • Mary C. Belknap, Coordinator for Early Childhood & Teacher Education, ISW Facilitator, Jackson College, MI
  • Kay Weiss, Dean of Arts and Humanities, U.S. ISW Representative to the ISW International Advisory Committee, ISW Trainer, San Bernardino Valley College, CA

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Friday, February 28, 2014, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

edTPA Community College Friend or Foe?

In recent years, several states have implemented a performance-based assessment (PBA) of teaching effectiveness for all pre-service candidates to pass in order to receive their initial teaching license. The PBA focuses more on issues of outcomes and evidence as they relate to student learning, thus enhancing the quality of teachers. Learn from an expert from one of the first states to implement a PBA as we discuss the impact on our community college students and best practices associated with implementing a PBA into our teacher education coursework. Ensure your education team is duly prepared to address the process with your students and identify competencies that may need to be updated based on the final expectation of your university/college systems.

  • Presenter: Daniel J. O'Connor, Department Chair, Liberal Studies, California State University, Long Beach

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Friday, February 28, 2014, 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Take a Journey into the Land of Grant Proposal Writing

During this interactive session, you will be taken on a journey through the world of grants. Learn how to determine the appropriate funding source, proposal writing basics, and some tips on how to launch your proposal into orbit. This session will be beneficial for participants who are new to the grant proposal writing process and those wanting to learn more about special topics related to proposal development. Attendees are rumored to have said, "This training opportunity was out of this world."

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