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CA Basic Skills Initiative: New Connections to CTE

Deborah Harrington, Executive Director Erik Armstrong, Network Coordinator

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Think, Pair, Share


How would you describe your experiences with professional development, generally speaking?
What professional learning activities have you typically participated in? How often? Why? How would you describe your learning experience?

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What Do Your Students Need?


Brainstorm student needs for achieving greater college and career readiness under each of the categories below:
Beliefs Behaviors Skills

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Learning Networks

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3CSN Theory of Change


If we provide training on networking and we use action research methodologies, community college professionals will transform their environments and identities to create communities of practice that will produce powerful learning and working across campuses. This will lead to greater student success.
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More than 11,500 faculty, administrators, and students representing all 112 CCCs have connected to 3csn

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Network Tenets/Connectivity
To learn is to practice and reflect Capacity to know more is more critical than what is known Connections, not content, are the beginning point of the learning process Learning is a network forming process
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These Are Problems of Practice


A general consensus has grown that professional learning benefits from a community of practice/inquiry approach, as it then becomes embedded in the day to day work of the practitioner and at the same time provides the practitioner with a networked community with which to share best practices and to reflect more deeply on how learning happens within its situated context (Cochran-Smith & Lytle, 1999; Borko, 2004; Au, Raphael, & Mooney, 2008; Grubb, et al., 2011).
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These Are Problems of Practice


Recent research has underscored the need to rethink professional learning as a social enterprise involving layered networks or communities interacting with the faculty members personal and professional identity (OSullivan and Irby, 2011).

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The 3CSN Way


It starts with Leadership

It builds with Communities of Practice

It grows through Ongoing, Recursive Practices


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Networked Communities of Practice


Identifying a Shared Problem Creating a Shared Vision of the Possible for Addressing It Building a Sustained Community of Practitioners Focusing on This Problem

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IDENTIFICATION OF A SHARED PROBLEM: BASIC SKILLS PROGRESS TRACKER


Provides

faculty easy, immediate access to cohort data on student progress through course sequences at their college
Available

now; look for the icon below on our website@3csn.org

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Creating a Shared Vision of the Possible for Addressing It

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Sustained Community of Practitioners Focused on The Problem


Ground-level practice collaboratively planning pedagogy and curricula as well as aligning to institutional goals surrounding student achievement

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Networked Communities of Practice


California Acceleration Project

Reading Apprenticeship Project

Habits of Mind
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By the Numbers

Over 40 Colleges and 160+ Faculty are working with us


to develop new accelerated English and Math courses (450+ sections thus far) a rigorous project to support successfully in all of their courses students

Plus 85+ Colleges and 900+ Faculty are participating in


reading

108 faculty took an online RA course through 3CSN in


California in 2012-12, while 300 took the course nationally. That means that California made up 1/3 of the nations participants in the RA online course.

Growing

exponentially since its inception in spring, 2012, there are now more than 400 educators, from at least 75 colleges developing mindful practices to influence students expectations and values and build intellectual habits of mind.
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Flipped Classroom

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Class Lecture

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Class Lecture

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Contextualized Instruction
We do know that it is important to be able to read and write for the job. We do know it is important to teach effective writing strategies: revision, purpose, and audience. We are NOT here to teach students to write research papers or be English majors.
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Contextualized Instruction
What do we teach them? We teach them writing skills to get hired and to do well on the job:
Business Letter
Tone HIPPA Clarity

Resume and Cover Letter


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Habits of Mind
A 3CSN community of practice based upon affective instruction, namely developing habits of thinking that promote learning and change. Informed by works like Arthur Costas and Bena Kallicks Habits of Mind: A Developmental Series

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Habits of Mind
Managing Impulsivity Listening with Understanding and Empathy Metacognition Striving for Accuracy Communicating with Clarity Time Management Taking Responsibility
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Why Habits of Mind?


Employers want skilled workers, people who know how to do the job. However, employers want employees who can work beyond the job at hand, people who are reliable, personablepeople who make the job easier, more effective.

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Basic Skills in C6
Centralized Model Network Model

Information and power is housed in central location or people PD tends to come in large scale, top-down formats Pressure to standardize approach

Decentralizedpower is in connections across the region PD tends to come in regional, bottom-up formats Pressure to contextualize

Network Approach in C6
Provided speakers, training, momentum in initial Convergence Provided reboot for commitment to network model: Basic Skills RED team logic model Provides PD for CTE faculty in Reading Apprenticeship and Habits of Mind Connects colleges to colleges not to centralized location.
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What Do CTE Faculty & Administrators Need?


Support needed for student success initiative?
On an institutional level? Program level? Classroom level?

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Consensus among employers is that innovation, critical thinking, and a broad skill set are important for taking on complex challenges in the workplace.
Strongly agree with this statement about employees/future hires Somewhat agree

Our company puts a priority on hiring people with the intellectual and interpersonal skills that will help them contribute to innovation in the workplace
57%

95%

Candidates demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, & solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major
59%

93%

Our company is asking employees to take on more responsibilities and to use a broader set of skills than in the past
52%

93%

Innovation is essential to our company/organizations continued success


51%

92%

The challenges employees face within our company are more complex today than they were in the past
50%
30

91%

New E-Resource

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New E-Resource

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New E-Resource

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New CTE CoP


Partnering with CCCCO, CCCAOE, CLP, C6, LFM Join us!
erik@3csn.org deborah@3csn.org

Visit us online: http://3csn.org/


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