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This post was composed by Jacalyn McCarville, faculty and counselor at the Iowa City Campus.  The original document was written as a reflection on the Fall 2013 section of the History of the Community College. Kirkwood Community College, for over 45 years now, has held true to its original mission to train people for jobs. […]

This post was composed by Steve Hanisch, instructor in the ACE Academy in the Industrial Technology department.  The original document was written as a reflection in the Fall 2013 section of the History of the Community College. This paper will answer the question, “Since you started this semester, what has inspired you as a faculty […]

This post was composed by Sondra Smith Gates, English instructor in the Distance Learning department.  The original document was written as a reflection in the History of the Community College. About Sondra Gates   Sondra earned her PhD in English from the University of Michigan and joined the Kirkwood faculty full-time in the fall of […]

This post was composed by Brian Kalata, chef instructor in the Hospitality Arts department.  The original document was written as a reflection in the History of the Community College course. About Brian Kalata Originally from Buffalo, New York, Chef Kalata began working in the restaurant industry at age 13. He began washing dishes, sweeping and […]

This post was composed by Darek Benesh, assistant professor of English.  The original document was written as a reflection in the History of the Community College course. About Darek Benesh Darek Benesh, an assistant professor of English, holds degrees in English Language and Literature and TESOL, with additional graduate work in Language, Literacy and Culture. […]

This post was composed by Juanita Limas, instructor in the Math/Science Department.  The original presentation was composed as a reflection in the History of the Community College course. Click on the image to view the whole presentation. About Juanita Limas Juanita Limas is an instructor in the Math/Science department, teaching Human Anatomy & Physiology and […]

“When we graduate from our two-year program, we’re actually coming out with the same types of projects that Iowa State [University] is doing, which makes our portfolios…just as good as a four-year colleges’,” states Kara Scherbring, one of Kirkwood’s interior design students in the video below, in which she and other students share their love […]

After the Personalized Professional Development Learning Institute in  August, the Design Team (KCELT, L&D, and educational consultant, Jim Stephens) got together to code and categorize the ideas from  designs, recordings, and participant feedback to move forward the future professional development here at Kirkwood. Based on the observations and notes during the institute, we realized a gap […]

As we continue exploring personalized professional development, we began to wonder, “What would it look like to apply this approach to the MTP (Master Teacher Program)?” We selected the Kirkwood faculty competency of Assessment and the KCELT Instructional Designers began designing a framework that would guide learners from introduction to mastery.  Then it was time […]

Our journey continues exploring personalized professional development and designing the new MTP (Master Teacher Program).  In line with Kirkwood’s mission to provide quality education for students, the overarching goal of this design work is to improve the MTP by: Honoring prior experience and skills Increasing voice and choice Increasing focus on the twelve Kirkwood Faculty […]