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  1. 1. Transitions from stumbling blocks to stepping stones Lucy Tribble MacDonald [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>Stumbling block here is the gap . </li></ul><ul><li>We need to develop a connection with the college and connections with college faculty, administrators, counselors and staff. </li></ul>
  3. 3. con <ul><li>Stepping Stone #1 - Be visible on campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Office area in different locations </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multidiscipline group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shared office – electronics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consulting office - nursing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Stepping Stone #1 - Be visible on campus . </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>De facto consultant for that program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy way to build relationships with faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perceived a “real” faculty </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>How does the campus perceive you? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they refer to your program? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it still remedial reading? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Perception is real even when it is not reality.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Edward de Bono </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Is it still remedial reading? </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping Stone # 2: Speak Academic. </li></ul><ul><li>Get help with Stanislas Dehaene’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading in the brain: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The science and evolution of a human invention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number Sense: How the mind creates mathematics </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Coordinate Services with your program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance Learning </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Advising </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping Stone # 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate and integrate advising </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Pre-tech program </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Distance Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Stumbling Block: </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t recommend online classes for </li></ul><ul><li>those students. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Distance Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping Stone : </li></ul><ul><li>Design online classes specifically for development students. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping Stone: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can you refer students to me? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Stepping Stones within your Program
  13. 13. <ul><li>Stumbling Block: </li></ul><ul><li>Which stepping stone is first? </li></ul><ul><li>Aha. The placement test will tell us. Right? </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Stepping Stone: </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule various levels at the same time to allow for adjustments of placement without rescheduling. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Stumbling Block </li></ul><ul><li>“ We do not ensure a seamless transition.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Hunter Boylan </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Stepping Stones: </li></ul><ul><li>Exit level standards for one level course are consistent with the entry level for the next level course. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Stumbling Block </li></ul><ul><li>“ We do not train adjunct faculty teaching developmental courses.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Hunter Boylan </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Stumbling Block </li></ul><ul><li>“ ... Only 35% of developmental courses in the community colleges are taught by full time faculty.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Hunter Boylan </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Stepping stones: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop online training courses </li></ul><ul><li>Provide incentives for participation </li></ul><ul><li>Provide training manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Provide mentors </li></ul><ul><li>-- Hunter Boylan </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Stepping stones: </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a formal plan for training adjunct faculty in Developmental Math </li></ul><ul><li>Ties together Developmental Math and the Math department </li></ul><ul><li>Provides instructional materials for non-traditional approaches to developmental math </li></ul><ul><li>Provides ongoing mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>-- Selina Vasquez Mireles </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Stumbling Block: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reading is the </li></ul><ul><li>invisible curriculum .” </li></ul><ul><li>--Lucy MacDonald </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Stepping Stones: </li></ul><ul><li>Analogous to teaching thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Edward de Bono’s explanation of thinking </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Stepping Stones: </li></ul><ul><li>Our brain was not designed for reading, but recycles some of its circuits for this novel cultural activity. </li></ul><ul><li>--Dehaene </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Stepping stone: Contextual Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Scenario </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have a Master’s degree in Reading, why can’t I read my computer science textbook.” </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Contextual Reading </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>McWhorter, Kathleen T. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Reading . </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pearson. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Customized. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Contextual Reading </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Reading </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Sciences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Humanities and the Arts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Sciences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical and Applied Fields </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Contextual Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>19 different disciplines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.howtostudy. org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Example: Biology </li></ul><ul><li>how to read a biology textbook </li></ul><ul><li>how to write a biology lab report </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Stepping Stone: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paired Courses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linked Courses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Review the journey Thank you Lucy Tribble MacDonald [email_address]