Working With K-12 To Better Prepare Students For College
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Teachers dedicate their lives to working with students. But that’s not the only type of learning that goes on in the nation’s schools and colleges. Educators also learn from each other. That’s what Andrea Reid, an English instructor at Spokane Community College (SCC) in Washington, found so valuable about her college’s participation in the Affinity Network.
Established by the College Board and intended to strengthen connections and smooth transitions between K–12 schools and institutions of higher education, the year-long project brought English and math educators in five states together to align expectations for the Common Core State Standards and to discuss the implications for remediation. “The 12-grade teachers brought in some of their assignments, and our English 101 instructors talked about our writing prompts and the skills we expect from our students,” explains Reid. “We learned that we share the same desire — to get students to think — and that it’s all of our jobs to send our students on to the next level as stronger critical thinkers.”
Funding for the Affinity Project ran out in spring 2013, but Reid’s team still meets. “We invited our K–12 and four-year colleagues to some of our portfolio norming sessions this quarter, and our K–12 colleagues asked us to sit in on their quarterly writing assessments for juniors and seniors. Though the project started top-down, it’s continued to grow exponentially because of our collective commitment,” she says.
In addition to reviewing curricula with colleagues, participating instructors at the K–12 and higher education levels are working to update community college placement processes.
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