Virtual School Meanderings

September 24, 2022

[Webinar] Equity Impacts of Multiple Measures for College Placement

A webinar from the folks at the National Repository of Online Courses.

View this email in your browser
Equity Impacts of Multiple Measures
for College Placement 
Webinar | Thursday, October 6, 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

Based on the lived experiences of students who successfully completed developmental and college-level courses, the Maricopa and Ivy Tech Community College models for valuing preparation over placement illustrate the importance of collaboration between administrators, faculty, and staff to create a path to success for all students.

During this webinar, we’ll examine strategies for supporting learners in new ways and consider how low-stakes, learner-centered college placement has positively impacted both gateway course success and college retention, notably among underrepresented student populations.

Are you unable to attend? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a link to the archive.

REGISTER NOW
MEET THE PRESENTERS
Gwenn Eldridge headshot
Gwenn Eldridge
Ivy Tech Community College (IN)Gwenn Eldridge most recently served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Transitions and Support at Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s community college system. Her work has centered around increasing access through curriculum design—including co-requisite math and English—as well as the implementation of math pathways. Additionally, she led the implementation of Ivy Tech’s multiple measures placement and a technology-based solution for tutoring access and reporting. Her work in developmental education includes serving as president of the National Association for Developmental Education and as a content expert for Complete College America and NROC. Gwenn holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English and is working to complete a doctoral degree in community college leadership. Her research focus is on the non-cognitive factors addressed by the co-requisite model of instruction.
Dr. Rosslyn Knight headshot
Dr. Rosslyn Knight
Maricopa Community College District (AZ)Dr. Rosslyn Knight is the former District Director of Developmental Education for the Maricopa Community College District. She brings over 25 years of experience in both K-12 and higher education environments. Dr. Knight served as Faculty Chair of Reading and ESL for Rio Salado College beginning in 2013. She joined the Maricopa Colleges as an adjunct faculty member in 2003, teaching ESL, college-level, and developmental reading courses. Dr. Knight holds a doctor of education degree in community college leadership, with an emphasis on equity and social justice, from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on language and literacy, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University.
Kristin Oakes headshot
Kristin Oakes
Department Chair of Academic Support and Student Success
Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette 
(IN)Kristin Oakes serves as the Site Director for the Montgomery County Instructional Site. As an associate professor, Kristin has been involved in the development of the math pathways and the co-requisite math course that complements the quantitative reasoning course. Additionally, she has been involved in the development of Ivy Prep and Knowledge Assessment (KA) and currently serves on both the local and statewide KA teams. She loves removing barriers for students and supporting their success. This quote by James Kouzes has often reflected her work at Ivy Tech, “It always takes a group of people working together with a common purpose in an atmosphere of trust and collaboration to get extraordinary things done.” Kristin enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
REGISTER NOW
The NROC Project is a national nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve college readiness, retention, and success.

Do placement differently.

The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Email

September 17, 2022

[Webinar] Equity Impacts of Multiple Measures for College Placement

A webinar from the folks at the National Repository of Online Courses.

View this email in your browser
Equity Impacts of Multiple Measures
for College Placement 
Webinar | Thursday, October 6, 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

Based on the lived experiences of students who successfully completed developmental and college-level courses, the Maricopa and Ivy Tech Community College models for valuing preparation over placement illustrate the importance of collaboration between administrators, faculty, and staff to create a path to success for all students.

During this webinar, we’ll examine strategies for supporting learners in new ways and consider how low-stakes, learner-centered college placement has positively impacted both gateway course success and college retention, notably among underrepresented student populations.

Are you unable to attend? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a link to the archive.

REGISTER NOW
MEET THE PRESENTERS
Gwenn Eldridge headshot
Gwenn Eldridge
Ivy Tech Community College (IN)Gwenn Eldridge most recently served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Transitions and Support at Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s community college system. Her work has centered around increasing access through curriculum design—including co-requisite math and English—as well as the implementation of math pathways. Additionally, she led the implementation of Ivy Tech’s multiple measures placement and a technology-based solution for tutoring access and reporting. Her work in developmental education includes serving as president of the National Association for Developmental Education and as a content expert for Complete College America and NROC. Gwenn holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English and is working to complete a doctoral degree in community college leadership. Her research focus is on the non-cognitive factors addressed by the co-requisite model of instruction.
Dr. Rosslyn Knight headshot
Dr. Rosslyn Knight
Maricopa Community College District (AZ)Dr. Rosslyn Knight is the former District Director of Developmental Education for the Maricopa Community College District. She brings over 25 years of experience in both K-12 and higher education environments. Dr. Knight served as Faculty Chair of Reading and ESL for Rio Salado College beginning in 2013. She joined the Maricopa Colleges as an adjunct faculty member in 2003, teaching ESL, college-level, and developmental reading courses. Dr. Knight holds a doctor of education degree in community college leadership, with an emphasis on equity and social justice, from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on language and literacy, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University.
Kristin Oakes headshot
Kristin Oakes
Department Chair of Academic Support and Student Success
Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette 
(IN)Kristin Oakes serves as the Site Director for the Montgomery County Instructional Site. As an associate professor, Kristin has been involved in the development of the math pathways and the co-requisite math course that complements the quantitative reasoning course. Additionally, she has been involved in the development of Ivy Prep and Knowledge Assessment (KA) and currently serves on both the local and statewide KA teams. She loves removing barriers for students and supporting their success. This quote by James Kouzes has often reflected her work at Ivy Tech, “It always takes a group of people working together with a common purpose in an atmosphere of trust and collaboration to get extraordinary things done.” Kristin enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
REGISTER NOW
The NROC Project is a national nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve college readiness, retention, and success.

Do placement differently.

The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Email

September 15, 2022

EdReady’s Equity Impacts, Major College Readiness Gains, & Inspo ✨

An item from the folks at the National Repository of Online Courses.

View this email in your browser
President's Note header image with a teal-to-purple gradient watercolor thought bubble atop a map of the United States and lined notebook paper
Equity Impacts, Readiness Gains, & Inspiration
Dr. Ahrash N. Bissell, President, The NROC Project

This was one of those ‘blink and you might miss it’ summers. Is it really September already? The scope and scale of NROC’s activities have continued to expand such that we don’t experience a summer lull anymore. Indeed, our work has shifted in some meaningful ways.

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

After years of collaboration and experimentation with our many institutional partners, we can say quite definitively that EdReady really works.

  • Students across various grade levels, and in many different educational contexts, are effectively utilizing EdReady to improve their college and career readiness and outcomes.

  • Teachers and administrators are using EdReady to recruit more students, better retain those students, and help them achieve their college and career goals.

  • EdReady improves outcomes for most students, but is especially impactful for students of color and other historically underserved populations, proving that EdReady can and should be a key component of equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies.

Register to attend our October 6 webinarEquity Impacts of Multiple Measures for College Placement, to hear how Dr. Rosslyn Knight (formerly of the Maricopa County Community College District, AZ) and Gwenn Eldridge and Kristin Oakes of Ivy Tech Community College (IN), are improving educational equity.

Headshots of Gwenn Eldridge, Dr. Rosslyn Knight, and Kristin Oakes
Pictured (from left to right): Gwenn Eldridge, Dr. Rosslyn Knight, and Kristin Oakes, our October 6 webinar presenters.
REGISTER NOW
EdReady works at any scale, from small programs to statewide initiatives. As such, we’re doubling down on EdReady as a solution, as opposed to emphasizing its capabilities as a platform for experimentation.

  • EdReady solutions include near-turnkey options for college readiness and course placement in math and English as well as high-school math readiness.
  • EdReady also supports low-barrier solutions for adult educational programs (e.g., GED readiness) as well as co-requisite approaches.
  • Our solution goes beyond the EdReady platform, incorporating explicit time, attention, and human support for effective implementation, including addressing protocol changes, engineering technical integrations, and managing other institutional updates that are key to improving outcomes.
HOW WE’RE ACHIEVING REACH

With these points in mind, we’re reorganizing our awareness-building activities, and our fulfillment processes, in a concerted effort to reach as many people as possible. We’ve proven that we can manage large and complex initiatives, such as Texas College Bridge, and North Carolina’s College and Career Ready Graduate program, while simultaneously supporting partners’ local efforts.

To give you a sense of the profound college readiness impact that we’re collectively realizing, Texas College Bridge is being utilized by more than 300 school districts and 89% of two-year colleges within the state of Texas. Furthermore, a growing number of Texas universities accept Texas College Bridge completion certificates as indicators of students’ college math and English readiness.

This past academic year alone, over 23,000 Texas College Bridge students earned an English certificate and nearly 35,000 students earned a math certificate.

What’s more, early efficacy data indicate that students using EdReady who earned Texas College Bridge certificates outperformed students who were placed into credit-bearing courses with a high-stakes placement exam.

Again and again, our partners are demonstrating the significant benefits of doing placement differently.

WHAT’S INSPIRING US

As we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve felt especially energized by the opportunity to reconnect with our colleagues and partners. In June, we held a productive pre-conference session at the GlobalMindED conference where we discussed some organizational shifts with a cross-section of our new and long-term partners.

Dr. Ahrash N. Bissell, Dr. Henry Jackson, and Jason Gipson-Nahman pose for the camera in conference room entryway
Pictured (from left to right): Dr. Ahrash N. Bissell, President, The NROC Project; Dr. Henry Jackson, Executive Director of Academic Success, Ocean County College (NJ); and Jason Gipson-Nahman, Customer Success Manager, The NROC Project, convene at GlobalMindED.

We’ve enjoyed the stories and outcomes shared among our network, including this podcast from Tohono O’odham Community College in Arizona, featuring two students who used EdReady: Daniella James and Erica Kleinman. Here’s how DJ Daniella described her experience with EdReady:

“EdReady is not a one-and-done platform. EdReady is an ongoing resource that helps students grow in math and English. Students are the drivers of EdReady. Students control their EdReady experience. Students have the opportunity to grow with EdReady to help remember math they learned a long time ago or gently learn new math skills to prepare for upcoming coursework. It is honestly such a gift. I used EdReady when I was nervous and scared to take pre-calculus. I enjoy this program because I did not feel like a failure during the entire experience.”

Listen to the entire episode for more, including why DJ Erica thinks EdReady as a low-stakes measure of college readiness is superior to Accuplacer.

Kristin Eberhardt stands in her office holding a blue and white sign with read letters that reads, "On Air"
Special thanks to Kristin Eberhardt (pictured), Title III Project Director at Tohono O’odham Community College (AZ), for her contributions to the podcast and her dedication to student success.
Do you have an institutional or student success story you want us to share with our broader community? If so, drop us a line.
LISTEN NOW
This Fall, and ahead in 2023, we’re planning to be at many events around the country, continuing to catch up with our existing partners, connecting with new partners, and helping everyone become aware of our community’s work. Look for us at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships conference next month. We’re also working on ideas for additional EdReady and NROC-focused convenings: Stay tuned.
HOW WE’RE CHANGING

For those of you who have long been a part of the NROC community, you may know that our Director of Community Engagement, Terri Rowenhorst, retired this year. Terri has been such a key part of NROC practically from the inception of our organization that it’s been quite difficult to catalog the many ways she enabled our work, supported our community, and served as a global ambassador for our shared commitment to improving student outcomes.

         We wish you well, Terri!
We wish Terri nothing but the best in her future endeavors and consider ourselves lucky for having had her in the NROC family for so long.

In the meantime, we’re continuing to augment and reorganize our existing staff to better meet our new priorities. We’ll keep you apprised of how our organization evolves. Thank you for your support as we transition to this next phase of our work.

As always, don’t hesitate to reply to this email or connect with me on LinkedIn. I’d love to hear from you.

Up with students!

— Ahrash

The NROC Project is a nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve student readiness, persistence, and success.
Website
Twitter
Email
The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922

May 18, 2022

Radical Collaborations to Impact DEI on STEM Pathways

An item from the folks at the National Repository of Online Courses.

View this email in your browser
Radical Collaborations to Impact
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
on STEM Pathways
WEBINAR | THURSDAY, MAY 19, 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

Join us for a conversation with higher education innovators who are actively driving strategies to engage more diverse learners on STEM pathways.

We’ll explore examples of radical collaborations that are creating more equitable opportunities in STEM, encouraging institutions to rethink standard practices and empowering students to reimagine their futures.

Bring your vision and questions, as we plant seeds of possibility to germinate this summer.

Are you unable to attend? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a link to the archive.

REGISTER NOW
MODERATOR AND PANELISTS
Jim Larimore headshot
Jim Larimore | Moderator
Board Member, The NROC Project, and Chief Officer for Equity in Learning, Riiid Labs

Jim is a connector, catalyst, and visionary striving to promote college readiness, access, and completion while advancing social mobility, equity, and justice. As a first-generation college grad, educator, and practitioner, he believes that schools and colleges need to adapt to better serve all students, develop talent rather than sort students, and leverage both technology and people time / relationships to help people unlock their potential. In a career spanning college administration, foundation program management, and as an equity officer, Jim actively seeks collaborators and partners who share those interests and commitments.

Michael Torrence headshot
Michael Torrence, Ph.D. | Panelist
President, Motlow State Community College (TN)

Dr. Michael Torrence leads Motlow State Community College, one of Tennessee’s top-performing post-secondary institutions. He encourages all communities to ‘lean into the college’ so that all can go and grow together. Purposefully and passionately, he models the strength, beauty, and value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Learn more about Michael.

Bruce Johnson headshot
Bruce Johnson | Panelist
Dean of Math and Science, Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

Across a career as both an instructor and an administrator in community colleges, Bruce has shown a commitment to transformative teaching and learning, and a passion for enhancing student success. Bruce has managed the development and execution of college and career readiness efforts, led the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly, diverse, and learning-centered curriculum, and developed strong partnerships within the local, regional, and national educational ecosystem. He has served as Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation (LSAMP)-funded project aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities that complete high-quality degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (the NC STEM Alliance).

Learn more about Bruce.

Jessica Rowland Williams headshot
Jessica Rowland Williams, Ph.D. | Panelist
Director, Every Learner Everywhere

Through her personal and educational experiences, Jessica developed a passion for improving student outcomes among underrepresented, minoritized, and poverty-affected students. Jessica has devoted her career to expanding access, increasing graduation rates, and promoting student success among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. In her current role, she provides leadership and vision for a network of organizations with a mission to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning and to better serve Black, Latinx, Indigenous, poverty-affected, and first-generation students.

Learn more about Jessica.

Ed Smith-Lewis photograph
Ed Smith-Lewis | Panelist
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Programs, UNCF

Ed has dedicated his career to racial-justice equity, ensuring those with the most challenging educational journeys receive the support, encouragement, and engagement needed to achieve their dreams. Since joining UNCF six years ago, after serving as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ed has played a pivotal role in securing more than $50 million in funding for institutional transformation.

Learn more about Ed.

REGISTER NOW
The NROC Project is a national nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve college readiness, retention, and success.

Meet students where they are.

The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Email

May 12, 2022

Radical Collaborations to Impact DEI on STEM Pathways

An item from the folks at the National Repository of Online Courses.

View this email in your browser
Radical Collaborations to Impact
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
on STEM Pathways
WEBINAR | THURSDAY, MAY 19, 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

Join us for a conversation with higher education innovators who are actively driving strategies to engage more diverse learners on STEM pathways.

We’ll explore examples of radical collaborations that are creating more equitable opportunities in STEM, encouraging institutions to rethink standard practices and empowering students to reimagine their futures.

Bring your vision and questions, as we plant seeds of possibility to germinate this summer.

Are you unable to attend? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a link to the archive.

REGISTER NOW
MODERATOR AND PANELISTS
Jim Larimore headshot
Jim Larimore | Moderator
Board Member, The NROC Project, and Chief Officer for Equity in Learning, Riiid Labs

Jim is a connector, catalyst, and visionary striving to promote college readiness, access, and completion while advancing social mobility, equity, and justice. As a first-generation college grad, educator, and practitioner, he believes that schools and colleges need to adapt to better serve all students, develop talent rather than sort students, and leverage both technology and people time / relationships to help people unlock their potential. In a career spanning college administration, foundation program management, and as an equity officer, Jim actively seeks collaborators and partners who share those interests and commitments.

Michael Torrence headshot
Michael Torrence, Ph.D. | Panelist
President, Motlow State Community College (TN)

Dr. Michael Torrence leads Motlow State Community College, one of Tennessee’s top-performing post-secondary institutions. He encourages all communities to ‘lean into the college’ so that all can go and grow together. Purposefully and passionately, he models the strength, beauty, and value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Learn more about Michael.

Bruce Johnson headshot
Bruce Johnson | Panelist
Dean of Math and Science, Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

Across a career as both an instructor and an administrator in community colleges, Bruce has shown a commitment to transformative teaching and learning, and a passion for enhancing student success. Bruce has managed the development and execution of college and career readiness efforts, led the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly, diverse, and learning-centered curriculum, and developed strong partnerships within the local, regional, and national educational ecosystem. He has served as Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation (LSAMP)-funded project aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities that complete high-quality degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (the NC STEM Alliance).

Learn more about Bruce.

Jessica Rowland Williams headshot
Jessica Rowland Williams, Ph.D. | Panelist
Director, Every Learner Everywhere

Through her personal and educational experiences, Jessica developed a passion for improving student outcomes among underrepresented, minoritized, and poverty-affected students. Jessica has devoted her career to expanding access, increasing graduation rates, and promoting student success among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. In her current role, she provides leadership and vision for a network of organizations with a mission to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning and to better serve Black, Latinx, Indigenous, poverty-affected, and first-generation students.

Learn more about Jessica.

Ed Smith-Lewis photograph
Ed Smith-Lewis | Panelist
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Programs, UNCF

Ed has dedicated his career to racial-justice equity, ensuring those with the most challenging educational journeys receive the support, encouragement, and engagement needed to achieve their dreams. Since joining UNCF six years ago, after serving as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ed has played a pivotal role in securing more than $50 million in funding for institutional transformation.

Learn more about Ed.

REGISTER NOW
The NROC Project is a national nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve college readiness, retention, and success.

Meet students where they are.

The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Email
Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.