Thursday, May 2, 2013
Council for Higher
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
Sessions addressing topics ranging from the U.S. Department of Education's completion and innovation agendas to the growing role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Speakers including Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education; Diana Oblinger, President of Educause; Chari Leader Kelley, Vice President of LearningCounts.org; Heather Mariger and Cynthia Rowland of the National Center on Disabilities and Access to Education; and Michael Goldstein, Co-Practice Leader for Higher Education with Dow Lohnes.
Opportunities to meet with colleagues who share your interest in accreditation.
View the preliminary program, then click here to register. Make your plans now to be with us in Washington!
A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information, visit CHEA's Website at www.chea.org.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: HBCU Deans of Education Rethinking How to Make Teaching a Major Attraction
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
April 29, 2013
HBCU Deans of Education Rethinking How to Make Teaching a Major Attraction
by Lydia Lum
by Lydia Lum
One of Dr. Lillian Poats’ pet initiatives as dean of Texas Southern University’s College of Education is a book club in which students, faculty and staff read an agreed-upon book about urban education or minority school children and informally meet to discuss it.
“What’s great is that the book club has gotten us talking to each other instead of each of us going into our offices and closing our doors,” Poats said. “This has started a dialogue around our students and helps them better understand what it means to become a teacher working with minorities.”
Another successful TSU strategy in recent years, Poats said, has been group training in mobile technology for faculty who were not yet using smartphones and tablet computers. “Some faculty have grandchildren who could work phones and iPads, so we needed to get the faculty up to speed,” she said.
Poats’ remarks came during a workshop at the annual American Educational Research Association conference. The TSU dean spoke at a workshop titled, “A Dialogue with Deans of Education at HBCUs.” During that session, she and Dr. Marshá Horton, education dean at Virginia Union University, shared some of their best practices.
Horton said she frequently steers students to the university’s career services office to apply for one of the myriad internships ranging from McDonald’s to the White House. Because college students in her state cannot major in education, they instead major in interdisciplinary studies and focus on a specific content area.
As education dean for only a year, Horton adopted this motto: “It’s All About SWAG.” The acronym stands for “Students With Academic Greatness” and incentivizes young people to strive for good grades by rewarding them with signed certificates from Horton if they earn a 3.2 grade point average. So far, at least 10 percent of her students have qualified, she said.
Horton noted that her impetus for “SWAG” came from a similar practice at Albany State University, “so I’m not ashamed to borrow and share ideas.” Nodding at Poats, she voiced her willingness to launch an informal book club at Virginia Union, too, as audience members at the workshop laughed.
Devoted to the scientific study of education, AERA boasts more than 25,000 members. With a conference theme of “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis,” the San Francisco event drew about 14,000 scholars and national thought leaders. For five days, they are examining a cornucopia of topics as diverse as rural education, queer studies, Catholic education, indigenous peoples of the Americas and charter school research and evaluation.
The HBCU education deans workshop was part of a slate under “Research Focus on Black Education.”
Poats said she spends substantial amounts of time painstakingly recruiting students to major in education “because they perceive other majors, like business, will be more prestigious.”
She has also managed to provide some financial support for faculty travel to professional conferences to present papers. Such support is key to encouraging their scholarly growth, Poats says, because their teaching load is frequently four or five classes at a time, “so they’re already struggling for time to write a paper of their own.”
The Houston-based TSU has 58 faculty members in its education school, including 6 tenured and tenure-track faculty members whom Poats hired in the past year. She also hired a visiting professor to specifically work with students in order to improve their performances on the required licensing exams to become teachers.
Poats said she doesn’t believe the shortcomings in her department vary much from those of her counterparts at traditionally White universities, “except for money, because we certainly do more with less.” As an example, doctoral fellows at TSU teach courses alongside the full-time faculty, rather than merely conducting research.
Meanwhile, her book club initiative, which isn’t mandatory to join, but nonetheless has drawn a wide following, has supplemented classroom learning and clinical experiences as student teachers. Book selections thus far have included Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings’ Dreamkeepers and Dr. Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Children.
In the 1980s, TSU officials determined that its education school should focus on preparing teachers for urban communities, Poats said, “so we make sure that when they go into the inner city, they’re not in shock.”
Very few of Houston’s urban schools remain majority-Black and have grown increasingly Mexican-American, South American and Vietnamese, she said.
Because some TSU students grew up in suburbs rather than in urban neighborhoods, “we need to work with them even more,” Poats said.
Dr. Chance Lewis, the Belk distinguished professor of urban education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, said he suggested convening the workshop featuring Poats and Horton because HBCUs still produce more than 50 percent of teachers of color in this country.
Furthermore, of the 20 institutions around the country that produce the most African-American teachers, nine are HBCUs, such as Bethune-Cookman College, Mississippi Valley State University and Fayetteville State University, Lewis said.
At least one panelist at another AERA conference workshop agreed with Lewis and the education deans.
Dr. Kimberley Freeman, an associate professor in educational psychology at Howard University, conducted a two-year study at two public HBCUs in which she examined the education of science and math teachers, especially how college culture and curriculum resulted in program effectiveness. Freeman shared her findings at a workshop titled, “Public Schools, Universities and Leadership Positions for STEM People of Color.”
Based on classroom observation and interviews of faculty and focus groups of students, Freeman found that the nurturing, family-like atmosphere at HBCUs was one of the most commonly cited pluses. Students gave high marks to teachers willing to use multiple pedagogies rather than merely lecture. Students also valued the early-career field experiences in schools so they could connect course work to practice, Freeman said, adding, “HBCUs can lead the nation” in producing minority science and math teachers.
Registration now open for 2013 AAUP-CBC Summer Institute - the premier resource for developing the faculty voice on campus
Registration is open for the 2013 Summer Institute!
The Summer Institute is the premier resource for developing the faculty voice on campus. This intensive, four-day series of workshops and seminars will prepare you to organize your colleagues, stand up for academic freedom, and advocate for research and teaching as the core priority of higher education.
The 2013 Summer Institute will include workshops on:
- organizing your colleagues
- organizing new collective bargaining chapters
- strengthening shared governance and academic freedom protections on campus
- analyzing institutions’ audited financial statements
- bargaining and administering contracts
- building active, influential chapters and state conferences
- creating successful contract campaigns
- using communications to mobilize your members
- addressing sexual assault on campus through policy and procedures
- protecting intellectual property and evaluating on-line education
- building diversity in AAUP leadership
- developing key contract language
- building coalitions on campus
- planning creative mass actions in support of your issues, and more.
To register and read more, visit: http://www.aaupcbc.org/event/2013-aaup-cbc-summer-institute
TLT Group FREE TGIF Webinar: Designing Your Courses for Significant Learning vs Covering the Content
Read below for TGIF with links, or you can view TGIF on the Web...Click here
Seventeenth issue, Volume Six
TLT Group TGIF 4.30.2013
From TLT Group World Headquarters
Three TLT initiatives:
DESIGNATED LEARNER: the experiment continues on May 1st. with Animoto: see info below. Join in the fun as we continue to test out this instructional strategy and learn a new application along the way. This time it’s Animoto.
SILVER CLOUDIANS TRANSITION TO ONLINE TEACHING:
We will explore these questions on May 10th. and are looking for folks willing to share their responses to these questions. Contact Beth Dailey, email@example.com if you would like to contribute.
SEVEN FUTURES OF AMERICAN EDUCATION MOOCOW: Dee Fink will be applying his instructional design approach to our planning effort. This will begin on May 3 and continue on May 8th. You are welcome to be a part of the planning. The MOOCOW begins on May 17th.
Members Only Exchange
Online MOOC Fishbowl Planning Session with Dee Fink
(This session is free to TLT Group Members Fee to others)
May 8, 2013 2:00pm Eastern Time
Leaders: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, and others. Register here.
Social Media Tools/Designated Learner Experiment:
Online Introductions Using Animoto
May 1, 2013 2:00 pm Eastern Time Register Here
Leaders: Featuring Beth Kiggins and Denise Hyde with Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, and others
Penny Kuckkahn introduced us to Animoto by sharing an introduction she created. Now we will learn how to create our own.
We will use the Designated Learner instructional strategy. This link will take you to what we are learning about the Designated Learner instructional strategy. We will add to this based on your input during the session.
Prior to the session, participants are asked to:
Set up a free Animoto account
· Go to http://animoto.com/
· Navigate to the bottom of the screen, under Animoto For, click Education
· Read the information
· Click Apply Now
· If you are not signed in, you will need to do so (or create a new account)
· Complete the form
Select a few images, text and/or a short video clip that you plan to use in your self-introduction.
You are encouraged to have a working USB headset and/or desk USB microphone so you can participate via voice as well as chat.
During the session you will have the option to watch or follow along.
This session is free to TLT Group Individual Members. ($75 to others
Designing Your Courses for Significant Learning vs Covering the Content
May 3, 2013 2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all.
Presenters; Dee Fink Register Here
“Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses” was first published in 2003. A lot has happened and things have changed over the past 10 years. Dee Fink will share lessons learned, provide examples and solicit examples and input from you.
Up-coming FridayLive! schedule:
May 10 Transitioning to Online Teaching - What are 7 things a new online teacher needs to know?
May 17 First session of the MOOCOW
May 24 Putting EAT (Experience, Apply, Teach) to the Test. Trey Mireles, Psychology instructor, Madison College
June 7 Social Collaboration in the Classroom: Student Sharing Strategies
MOOCs Round Three The learning continues....
MOOCOW (Massive Open Online Course Or Whatever)
The Seven Futures of American Education MOOC will begin on May 17th. The planning continues but here is where we are at at the moment.
MOOCow based on book: The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World, by John Sener
During the MOOCOW, scenarios likely to shape the future of education will be explored: Free Market Rules, Free Learning Rules, Standards Rule, Cyberdystopia, Steady As She Goes. Much time will be spent in exploring how we might improve education by cyberizing it. When describing, promoting this MOOCow, we will try to be explicit in EXCLUDING some elements from 7Fs book
4 Synch Events ... over what period?
help you and us achieve one or more of the following objectives:
THIS "COURSE" - MOOCow - MODEL IDEAS FROM 7Fs Book?
Offer structure for those who want it, unstructured for those who want to create their own....Offer very small number of planned paths through the MOOCow
Encourage. Enable. Engage.