"Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique--good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher" --Parker Palmer
About the Regional Centers
This headnote begins the Inquiry article by Bernadette Black (2.1 [Spring, 1998]: 79-84) announcing the "launch" of the virtual Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence as a component of the VCCS Professional Development Initiative, which in general fosters "peer interaction, cooperative learning, and scholarship" (79) as ways to further an ongoing dialog about teaching and learning in the VCCS.
The Centers are intended to foster "cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary exchanges among community college faculty dedicated to examining the art and practice of teaching through professional interaction and critical reflection."
The whole effort is aimed at increasing the quality of learning by helping "to ensure that faculty teach enthusiastically, with the latest discipline knowledge, instructional practices, and technological advances" (80)
Principles and Activities
Six principles guide the work of the Centers to impact eventually on student learning. The Centers should help faculty
Basically, the Centers, though "virtual" (not housed in a single location) are meant "to provide a forum for dialogue and reflection" on teaching issues.
The activities by which the Centers are meeting this purpose include those listed below. Hotlinks on this list and the center-by-center links below show some of what the RCTE is doing for these goals.
The Centers have begun to foster "valuable exchanges about teaching and learning" at many community colleges in the VCCS. We'll know we've accomplished our goals when VCCS administrators, staff, full-time and adjunct faculty, and students all recognize that they are part of a learning community--"a group of people who continually seek to expand their capacity to produce effective results that make a difference." Part of that community experience will be to break "down classroom/office isolation through collegiality" (83).
Use Internet Explorer to click this link to a 30-slide PowerPoint 2000 report on Two Years of RCTE. (Start at the last slide for a summary.)
About this Midcentral Region Center (map)
1998-2001 Chair: Eric Hibbison, JSRCC, also "Chief Chair" (statewide coordinator) for the 5 Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence (succeeding Susan Coffey, who took over VCCS professional development from Bernadette Black)
Founding Chair: Donald Spell, formerly of SVCC
Express your interests and ideas about professional development events to Eric via firstname.lastname@example.org for PVCC, SVCC, RCC, JTCC, and JSRCC.
About the Central Virginia Region Center
Founding Chair Susan Coffey, CVCC, (also founding editor of Inquiry, the VCCS journal on teaching), became VCCS Director of Professional Development in 2000.
About the Northern Virginia Region Center
Founding Chair: Rosalyn King, NVCC-Loudoun
This website offers a forum on teaching, including Stephen Brookfield's reflective teaching and notes on Howard Gardner's presentation in Northern Virginia. Click on "Teaching Links" for a webliography of online professional resources, including perspectives on teaching, moral development, exceptional and cultural diversity, teaching strategies, integrating the web into instruction, copyright issues, learning and study strategies, assessment techniques, and selected teaching and learning centers.
Express your ideas and interests about professional development in the Northern RCTE to Rosalyn, especially for Lord Fairfax CC, Germanna CC, and NVCC via email@example.com
About the Southwest Virginia Region Center
Chair 2001-present: Melba Taylor, VHCC
2000 Chair: Don Bartholomay, formerly of SWVCC
Founding Chair: Alfred Hoffman, VHCC, 1998-2000
Congratulations to Melba Taylor (VHCC), who has become the Chair of the Southwestern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence beginning in fall 2001. The Chair for the Southwestern Center for Teaching Excellence Center plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates regional professional development activities for MECC, WCC, SWVCC, VHCC, and NRCC. Contact Melba at firstname.lastname@example.org
Archive for the Tidewater Region Center
Chair 2001-present: Rick Dollieslager, TNCC
Founding Chair: Thomas Long, TNCC
This site links to events from the current year, as well as a few thought-provoking articles, other VCCS sites for professional development, faculty effectiveness and student success, a selection of teaching and learning centers, selected online journals, distance learning, professional development, learning technologies, and adult education.Congratulations to Rick Dollieslager (TNCC), who became the Chair of the Tidewater Regional Center for Teaching Excellence beginning in fall 2001. The Center Chair for the Tidewater Teaching for Excellence Center plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates regional professional development activities for TCC, TNCC, PDCCC, and ESCC. Contact Rick at email@example.com
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Reminder for folks new to the Web: UNDERLINED WORDS (and some graphics images) ARE HOT LINKS. To preview them, hold your mouse on the hotlink (the arrow becomes a hand as you "mouseover" a link) and read the "URL" (Web address) in the "status line" (bottom) of your maximized Web browser. To visit, just click.