Faculty Master Class: Cooperative Learning Techniques to Enhance Student Success


Register now for the first ever New Horizons Pre-Conference!

 

The VCCS Office of Professional Development and New Horizons Executive Committee are excited to announce the first ever New Horizons Pre-Conference, Faculty Master Class: Cooperative Learning Techniques to Enhance Student Success.

This highly interactive 3-hour workshop is designed to educate, inspire, and rejuvenate community college educators across the curriculum. The Pre-Conference will be held Tuesday, April 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room of the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

  • Plunge into the world of cooperative, active learning with outstanding instructors who are prepared to help you take your teaching to the next level.
  • Better understand the science supporting cooperative learning.
  • Walk away with an arsenal of tools for improving your classroom teaching and effectiveness.
  • Are faculty evaluations on the horizon? Link teaching strategies directly to the state classroom observation instrument required for faculty evaluations.
  • Concerned about course completion rates? Learn how the effective use of cooperative learning can increase completion rates for all students and boost both the term-to-term and fall-to-fall retention rates for the institution.

In addition, discover vital strategies for increasing the success of minority and low-income students and maximizing graduation rates.

Registration

The cost to attend the Pre-Conference is $75. Please note that this is an additional fee in addition to the regular New Horizons registration cost.

Registration is limited to 50 participants. To register, please use the following link:

Faculty Master Class: Cooperative Learning Techniques to Enhance Student Success Pre-Conference Registration

The deadline for registration is March 24, 2016.

Lodging

Hotel lodging is not included with the cost of registration. If you have already booked your stay at the Hotel Roanoke or Sheraton Roanoke for New Horizons, please call the hotel and ask to extend your reservations to include the night of Tuesday, April 12.

Instructional Team

The Faculty Master Class: Cooperative Learning Techniques to Enhance Student Success Pre-Conference features instructors from Patrick Henry Community College’s award-winning SCALE (Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence) Institute. You’ll learn exciting teaching techniques from these outstanding SCALE educators:

Dr. Greg Hodges

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Effectiveness, and Campus Life
Patrick Henry Community College

Dr. Greg Hodges currently serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Effectiveness, and Campus Life at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia. Previously, he served at PHCC as the Dean of Academic Success and College Transfer, the Dean of Developmental Education and Transitional Programs, the Assistant Dean of Arts, Science, and Business Technology, as well as the Coordinator of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan for SACSCOC reaccreditation. Greg began his career at PHCC as an adjunct and later full time professor in the field of early childhood education, earning recognition in 2006 as faculty member of the year for the institution.

He holds degrees from The College of William and Mary (Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Theatre & Speech), Bethany Theological Seminary (Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies), University of Phoenix (Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision), and Trident University (Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration for Higher Education). As Director for Patrick Henry’s Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence (SCALE), Greg has traveled to more than 50 community colleges and trained over a thousand faculty members throughout the country facilitating workshops on cooperative learning, critical thinking, developmental education, and the national student success agenda. He has served on the Board of Directors for multiple organizations including his current tenure with the Boys and Girls Club of Henry County, VA. Greg has also served as the Senior Pastor of Stanleytown’s Amazing Grace Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in Henry County, Virginia.

 

Julie Meador

Associate Professor of Administrative Support Technology and Legal Assisting
Patrick Henry Community College

Julie Meador, Associate Professor of Administrative Support Technology and Legal Assisting, has been with Patrick Henry Community College since 1998. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Emory & Henry College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett University. Julie is a recipient of the Patrick Henry Community College Distinguished Faculty Award and the Faculty Recognition Award for Institutional Responsibility. She holds certification in cooperative learning training from the University of Minnesota and certification from the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy at Ozarks Technical Community College.

 

Joyce Staples

Associate Professor of English
Patrick Henry Community College

Joyce Staples, Associate Professor of English, is a thirty-seven year veteran teacher on the college and high school level. She has been a member of the Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence (SCALE) almost since its inception and has conducted numerous trainings across the country. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Patrick Henry Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Averett University, a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech, and Certificate of Advanced Studies from Hollins University. In addition to a full-time teaching load, she serves as a Faculty Coordinator in the Academic Success and College Transfer Division. She is a recipient of the Patrick Henry Community College Distinguished Faculty Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and was recently named the first Poet Laureate of Patrick Henry Community College.

 

Michelle Zollars

Associate Professor of English and Accelerated Learning Program Coordinator
Patrick Henry Community College

Michelle Zollars is Associate Professor of English and Accelerated Learning Program Coordinator at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia. She has been teaching developmental and college-level English for 23 years, with ten years of public school experience prior to that. She is a facilitator for the Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence, an organization that teaches cooperative learning techniques for the college classroom. She is a Fellow in the Global Skills for College Completion Project, whose goal is to raise developmental students’ pass rates to 80%. Michelle was the 2011 recipient of the Award for Innovation, given by the Council on Basic Writing, for her work with the Accelerated Learning Program. She has also has received two Distinguished Faculty Awards at PHCC. She is a Pearson Faculty Advisor and has published several workbooks specifically designed for the accelerated learning classroom. She has worked with several states, including Florida and Ohio, regarding developmental English redesign using the accelerated learning model.


Classroom engagement is now recognized as an “absolute must” by national reform agencies (Achieving the Dream, Completion by Design, Complete College America, etc.) and their respective funding partners (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust, etc.). Having championed this work now for 10 years, Patrick Henry Community College’s Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence (SCALE) team has trained faculty and administrators from over 125 community colleges across the nation and annually hosts the “Cooperative Learning Institute” with attendees from over 15 states and two foreign countries.