by Nalini Lasiewicz, Crossroads of Learning
Crossroads of Learning recently launched an online course in Academic Coaching. The course is self-paced and accessed directly through the internet, taking an estimated 5-7 weeks. The cost is $209.00, all materials included. The curriculum is also available in workbook format, to be used in face-to-face training and professional development programs for peer and professional academic coaches, tutors or advisers. The Academic Coaching workbooks are available to organizations who organize trainings by approved trainers, either internal staff who have completed the Train-the-Trainer program from Crossroads of Learning or certified Master Tutor Trainers from the National Tutoring Association (NTA).
Sandra Clayton-Emmerson of the Center for Academic Success at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York was one of the first to complete the course. She stated, “I found the training absolutely outstanding! I was introduced to new concepts that were specific to one-on-one coaching.” When asked about her experience with an online learning program, she added, “everything was seamless in terms of how it all went together. The readings with links to outside readings and websites really worked, the assignments following the readings made perfect sense and I was able to reach my mentor anytime I needed to.”
The course helps learning support and academic coaching personnel support the goal-setting, critical thinking, cultural awareness and emotional intelligence development of students, dealing with the entire learning path of being a student. Academic coaching builds on the fundamental skills of tutoring, which is why the Academic Coaching course has a prerequisite of the successful completion of the Crossroads of Learning Tutoring Foundations Basic (or Comprehensive) training level. A skilled tutor can help a student become a better learner. A skilled academic coach can help students identify and verbalize the answers to not just academic questions, but about setting and obtaining goals far into the future.
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By Nalini Lasiewicz, BOL, Registrar, Crossroads of Learning
One thing we know about university writing center administrators, they like to write. They write well, thoughtfully and often.
Earlier this year a discussion on protesting the trend towards machine scoring of essays drew significant interest among members of the WPA-L Listserv, an international e-mail discussion group intended primarily for professionals in writing program administration at universities, colleges and community colleges. Their postings quickly moved from the theoretical to a call to action, generating hundreds of posts and perspectives. Within a few weeks, members of the list collaborated on, and launched, an online petition against machine scoring of high-stake tests.
The “Human Readers” petition and website delivers an urgent appeal to all stakeholders to temper the rush in implementing this still controversial technology. They urge policy makers to remain committed to the use of human readers in evaluating and critiquing student essays. They are also asking their own institutions to stop buying or accepting machine scoring of essays until the process is proven to be “valid, equitable, and worth stakeholders’ money.” (http://humanreaders.org)
Evolving since the early 1960s, education and technology companies have developed software and data base management systems to support the collection of student data, including the delivery and grading of high stake products such as the SAT. In recent years, and with both public and commercial funding, an economic engine has exploded in the education field, with technology and service providers playing a major role.
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by Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning
Southern California-based tutor training provider Crossroads of Learning has expanded its program of professional tutor training with the “Tutoring Foundations” Workbook Series and corresponding “Train-the-Trainer” online professional development. “Train-the-Trainer” equips instructors to deliver the “Tutoring Foundations” Basic, Intermediate and Advanced curriculum in the classroom. To celebrate this ground-breaking release free iPads are being awarded based on purchases through 6/1/11. Click here for details.
The workbook curriculum content aligns with the online version in use by over 300 schools and commercial providers since 2007 and is extensively revised to facilitate classroom interactions. The “Tutoring Foundations” curriculum articulates with National Tutoring Association (NTA) trainer certification standards, suggested CRLA training topics, and qualifies for CEUs granted from Fielding Graduate University, a WASC credentialed institution. It was developed with and approved by Fielding Graduate University and the NTA. The self-paced 70-hour “Train-the-Trainer” intensive is integrated with regular assignment review and mentoring by an NTA certified trainer.
Developed in Response to Learning Center Requests
“In 2009 after two years of widespread use of the fully online “Tutoring Foundations” program we began to receive requests from school and commercial tutoring providers wanting to deliver the same proven curriculum with their own staff,” said Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning. “Given our unique status as the only university affiliated and nationally certified curriculum, we invested heavily in adapting it to a classroom workbook format. In order to insure the academic integrity, we also developed a top-notch “Train-the-Trainer” professional development program.”
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