The role of teaching competencies is well established in K-12 education. Based on this best practice, KCELT has designed learning progressions for several of the Kirkwood factual competencies to help faculty to: 1) self assess their current knowledge and skills, and 2) identify areas for growth.
Demonstrate an understanding of ways students differ in approaches to learning both individually and culturally, by creating instructional opportunities that are equitable and adaptable to diverse learners.
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There is a national push towards increasing diversity across college campuses at all levels – faculty, staff, and students. As educators, we also know that there is increasing attention on pedagogical practices such as “inclusively and building a “culturally responsive classroom.” In fact, one of KIrkwood Community College’s core competencies for faculty is diverse learners: […]
The end of February presented several events that raised Kirkwood and the community’s awareness of issues our minority students and their families face. On Saturday, February 21st, a positive dialogue about law enforcement and community relations was hosted at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. Several Kirkwood faculty, including Juanita Limas and Chris Cronbaugh, attended […]
As a positive step towards making Kirkwood Community College a more diverse and inclusive environment, a diversity track was added to Collaborative Learning Days, featuring 16 sessions that addressed issues of diversity and inclusion. This was a great first step towards bringing diversity issues to the forefront, prompting us all to be more reflective educators. […]
Photo from the U.S. Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c22988/ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen by many a cultural icon of the United States and a hero to the Civil Rights Movement throughout the world. Some may argue that these perceptions of Dr. King make him out to be greater than human, giving us permission […]
“When students feel like their teacher cares about them, they are generally more inclined to participate in their learning and also to take responsibility for their learning. When this happens, the learning experience is more robust than a traditional one-size fits all approach,” says Sarah Rissler, ELA instructor, who is this month’s featured Professional Development […]
On a rainy afternoon of Friday, September 5th, the International Programs department hosted the first ever Global Service Award Reception. In attendance at Linn Hall were most of the global service awardees, the International Programs staff, a few Study Abroad Faculty Leaders, President Mick Starcevich, and other supporters of the awards, including KCELT. The […]
Richard Johnson, English faculty at Kirkwood’s Iowa City Campus, was “knocked back in his chair” by a reading from last semester’s Culturally Responsive Classroom regarding differentiated instructional strategies. This short 8-page reading was published by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In his response to the reading, Richard shares that “the cutting […]
Within the time span of a month, the Eastern Iowa region has had several conferences dedicated to diversity in higher education institutions, acknowledging the continuously changing demographics of our community. In fact, recently the Pew Research Center, published an engaging website about the Next America. I recommend that you take a quick glance at this […]
This is the second of a two-part series based on my reflection of the Culturally Responsive Classroom pilot project, which ended in mid-November 2013. I helped develop and co-facilitate this pilot project, which you can view at http://kceltculture.blogspot.com. The difference between the first and second parts of this blog series is that this one includes […]
This post is an adaptation of slides from a keynote presentation for the 27th Annual Conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities given by Dr. Jimmy Reyes, Dean of Nursing, and Juanita Limas, Assistant Professor in the Math/Science Department. Session Objectives Demographics of US changing Latinos and STEM fields How are we addressing […]
This is the first of a two-part series based on my reflection of the Culturally Responsive Classroom pilot project, which ended last week Thursday. I helped develop and co-facilitate this pilot project, which you can view at http://kceltculture.blogspot.com. The difference between the first and second parts of this blog series is that this one only […]
This is something I wrote on another blog several months ago before the Fall 2013 semester began. I wanted to share it with you now in retrospect with the Culturally Responsive Classroom pilot project halfway completed. I also wanted to add a little more on what I have learned since the original posting. In the […]