Friday, October 8, 2010

September Accomplishments

Dr. Kaye Adkins attended the international meeting of the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. She co-presented "Multi-purposing Portfolios: Student and Program Assessment with a Single Instrument." She is also the new treasurer for the organization.

English faculty members Dr. Jane Frick and Mr. Tom Pankiewicz are the co-authors of a monograph, "(Re)Visioning Site Work: Extending the Reach and Relevance of NWP Sites," with Elaine White at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, which has been published as a part of the National Writing Project's "At Work" series.

Prairie Lands Writing Project has received a $5000 Carnegie Foundation National Reading Initiative extension grant awarded by the National Writing Project to work with content area teachers to improve their reading teaching during 2010-2011. Western's National Writing Project site is using the grant funds to support a "Developing Content Area Literacy with Web 2.0 Tools" Professional Learning Community (PLWP) this fall. Eighteen teachers, grades 7 -12 in all content areas, are participating in the PLC conducted by PLWP Teacher Consultants Valorie Stokes, Platte County High School media coordinator (PLC director); and Jen Vermillion, Mid-Buchanan high school Spanish teacher, and Michelle Irby, Lathrop High School math teacher (PLC facilitators).

Dr. Jeanie Crain completed reaffirmation review and recommendation for Butler County Community College (KS); she completed reviews of ten AQIP Action Projects.

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