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Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by editor


A Look Back at Faculty Development Week 2014!


IMG_3090Faculty Development Week 2014 (FDW) was a great success!  Thanks to Herculean efforts on the part of many staff and administrators, the district-wide gathering on Monday ran smoothly. Tuesday started with addresses from President Potash and the new Vice President, Nicole Reaves. We were given an overview of trends, accomplishments, and upcoming planning, particularly space planning. Dr. Reaves offered, through a game-show presentation, details about her life, including information about her educational background and her first dog.

IMG_3110Another game show followed, the tried and true “Wait Wait, Do Tell Me”, with a book giveaway sponsored by the Title V grant. Faculty were quizzed on many facets of Wright College, including its illustrious history with synchronized swimming, AQIP categories, and whether the Veterans Services Specialist is Ed Harris, Mike Davis, Ed Davis, or Ed Norton.

Steve Robbins, Director of Reach an Innovation at ETS, joined me to share a presentation about Holistic Placement. Recent data indicate that acceleration based on more robust data, including cognitive and non-cognitive indicators, does no harm to students, and potentially moves them through or out of developmental education, thus increasing their chances of success.

IMG_3252Alicia Anzaldo and Tracy Mitchell shared the good news on the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which was only an idea a year ago, and now is an orange and blue room with a book collection, 23 upcoming sessions and four book clubs. Last year, the CTL welcomed 272 participants.

This year, FDW featured “poster sessions” for student support services. In response to faculty input after last year’s FDW, the Office of Instruction facilitated two days of poster sessions, where each Wright College department could share their offerings and programming to mingling faculty via a representative and a poster.

In addition to Steve Robbins, mentioned above, other visiting presenters included our HLC Liaison, Linnea Stenson, who gave an overview of the different pathways, including AQIP, and Krista Jackson – who visited us via video conference – to outline IAI (Illinois Articulation Initiative) updates.

IMG_3164Break-out sessions allowed faculty to pursue their own interests, and ranged in topics from hidden habitats in Costa Rica to embedded tutoring and non-cognitive interventions in the classroom.

Presentations and photos from FDW 14 are available for your review and enjoyment.

Again, thank you to everyone who dedicated their time, creativity, energy and resources to ensuring FDW 14 was a dynamic and engaging experience. We will administer a survey to gain further data on faculty perceptions of the week.

Contributor: Kevin Li, Wright College Dean of Instruction

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