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March 14, 2017


Cowley instructors serve as presenters at Great Plains Conference


Cowley instructors serve as presenters at Great Plains ConferenceFour Cowley College faculty attended the Great Plains Conference on Acceleration at Butler Community College Feb. 16 and 17. Amy McWhirt, Julie Kratt, Kirsten Dos Santos, and Kim Cook joined nearly 80 attendees from five states at the conference which featured keynote speaker Susan Gabriel, co-director of the Accelerated Learning Program at the Community College of Baltimore County. 

According to Kathy McCoskey, Lead Instructor in Developmental English at Butler, “The conference was largely inspired by the work of Peter Adams, Susan Gabriel, and many other faculty members at the Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland. The success of the CCBC ALP has been corroborated by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University and has been the subject of many articles and features in professional and popular publications.”

Cowley College implemented the Accelerated Learning Program campus-wide in 2014; it was one of the first colleges in the nation to fully scale up to 100% of courses offered at the time of program implementation. 

Cowley Humanities instructors Kirsten Dos Santos and Julie Kratt presented a concurrent session titled “Changing Course: Motivating Reluctant Learners Through ON COURSE Philosophy and Activities”; Julie Kratt also led a roundtable discussion titled “Non-Cognitive Issues and Student Success.” 

The conference offered additional sessions on topics ranging from technology in the accelerated classroom to mindsets and metacognition.
Cowley instructor Kim Cook noted,” I really enjoyed discussing strategies for ALP classes with other schools.”