A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation
Lawrence Miller, dean of Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education, along with researchers at The Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell, recently coauthored the research paper “Financing Personalized Learning: What Can We Learn From First-Generation Adopters?” The paper offers the first systematic look at costs associated with implementing personalized learning schools, how leaders of these schools choose to allocate funds, and what it might take to support personalized learning on public funds alone. “Student-centered, personalized learning meets students where they are and lets them accelerate at their own pace,” said Miller. “It also provides more ways for students to demonstrate their subject-related competency rather than with just tests.” Miller and the researchers at CRPE, in partnership with Afton Partners, studied 16 charter schools representing a wide range of personalized learning models from across the country over a three year period. The research team collected original financial data from the schools, conducted site visits and two rounds of interviews with school leaders. All of these schools received significant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Learning Challenges. With education leaders, policymakers, and philanthropists increasingly interested in personalized learning as a way to dramatically boost student learning outcomes, significant time and dollars are being invested in these schools and such resources are projected to increase considerably.
Two Mott Community College (Michigan) faculty members are winners of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges 40 Under 40 Award for 2016. Candace Munoz, professor/coordinator of speech communication, and Christine Stoliecki, instructor in political science, are two of a select group of 40 women from across the nation to receive the inaugural 40 Under 40 award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. The award recognizes outstanding female leaders under the age of 40 working at a community college. Munoz was nominated for her work as coordinator of the Communication Department and as a leader at the college. She has led the process of building teaching portfolios with her new faculty cohort and transformed the Communication curriculum. Additionally, Munoz serves on the new International Studies initiative committee and cochairs the College Commitments. Stoliecki was nominated for her commitment to student success and helping students engage and become informed citizens. She leads the college’s Constitution Day event and serves as adviser for the Phi Tau Kappa Honor Society at MCC, coaching, mentoring and teaching honors courses.