CollegeNow conference highlights commitment to professional development
More than 130 high school concurrent enrollment teachers spent a day this past August participating in workshops presented by the College's faculty - evidence of CollegeNow Tompkins Cortland's ongoing commitment to professional development.
The teachers came from 41 area schools and participated in workshops ranging from Social Responsibility and Graphic Intervention to Critical Thinking through Media Analysis for Foreign Language Instructors to Live Protists in the High School Biology Laboratory: An Introduction to Cornell's Tetrahymena (ASSET) Program and Connecting Tompkins Cortland Physics with Research in Physics and Engineering. Workshops are designed toward honing high school teachers instructional techniques as they prepare to get high school students ready for college-level work.
"These collaborations significantly improve the student academic outcomes and the transition from high school to college," said Karl Madeo, director of CollegeNow Tompkins Cortland. "And we've had great success in connecting our College's faculty with our high schools teachers. It's an opportunity for both sides to learn from each other."
The day also included an awards luncheon with a keynote address by CollegeNow Director Karl Madeo, who will be retiring in Spring 2014. Karl discussed the progress made over the years in CollegeNow and thanked the participating schools and faculty of Tompkins Cortland for their ongoing commitment to professional development and collaboration.
CollegeNow Tompkins Cortland provides opportunities for high school students to earn college credits through concurrent enrollment courses offered at 45 partner high schools, and by having access to the College's online courses. For example, 65 percent of all 2013 high school graduates in Tompkins and Cortland Counties earned college credits during their high school careers through the CollegeNow program, with more than 26 percent of those students earning 15 or more college credits. The concurrent enrollment program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
Tompkins Cortland CollegeNow also honored a number of local educators at its 2013 professional development conference.
Karl Madeo of Tompkins Cortland — CollegeNow Recognition Award
Kurt Schmidt of Cincinnatus — Distinguished Concurrent Enrollment Teacher
Jennifer Smith of Chittenango — Distinguished Concurrent Enrollment Teacher
Fred Farah of Tompkins Cortland — Distinguished Faculty Liaison