On March 24, the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Core Team hosted its second annual college-wide professional development workshop focused on supporting reading and writing across the disciplines. The event was held at Pender and attended by 45 participants including faculty from multiple disciplines and staff who provide academic support services. Topics for the event were chosen based on feedback from participants following last year’s professional development workshop.
Cathy Gaiser (AN/English) and Stefanie Shipe (AN/English) were the main presenters. Their presentation was titled “Universal Strategies for Planning Your Classes: Bloom’s Taxonomy and Backward Design” and focused on more effective scaffolding of academic assignments.
Following the main presentation, participants rotated through group discussions on various topics related to scaffolding reading and writing assignments. The following individuals were discussion leaders and shared assignments they had created and reading and writing strategies they use to support students’ learning: Joe Agnich (LO/Math), Karen Doheney (LO/English), Susannah Givens (MA/English), Stephanie Harm (WO/ESL), Sarah Jacobson (AN/English), Ray Orkwis (AN/English), Jennifer Richardson (WO/English) and Nicole Tong (AN/English). Participants were highly engaged in the discussions.
Future similar professional development opportunities will be discussed by the ATD Core Team. A special thank you to the ATD Core Team members who organized the event: Rashmi Chilka, Stephen Clarke, Doheney, Givens, Kathy Lloyd, Richardson and Mary Ann Schmitt.