With a goal of doubling student success rates by 2020, the Community College Completion Agenda promises to shape the higher education landscape for the next decade. Join us to learn more about this ambitious national initiative.
Our panel of community college leaders discussed the context of and defined the need for the Completion Agenda, its goals and challenges, and how these efforts are being implemented through two real-world examples. The expert panelists addressed the following questions:
- What is the Completion Agenda and why is it important?
- How is the Completion Agenda unfolding and what are the priorities?
- What are the major issues facing community colleges in addressing the goals of the Completion Agenda?
- How has their doctoral work, including their dissertations, prepared them as leaders of the Completion Agenda?
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership Open House
During this webinar, you will hear from Dr. Kate Steffens, dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education; Dr. Lucy Sennett, faculty member in the M.S. in Education program; and Dr. Ernest Zamora, faculty member in the Ed.D. in Education program. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the college as well as gain insight into the student-faculty relationship at Walden. Dr. Anthony Moyer, an elementary school principal and graduate of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, will share his insights and experiences as a former Walden student and current alumna.
Walden’s M.S. in Education: An Insider’s View
The webinar provides an insider’s view of Walden’s program and answers commonly asked questions from professionals in the education field such as:
- How can Walden’s M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) make you a more effective educator?
- What does the college’s National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) –accreditation mean to me as an educator?
- What are the courses and assignments like?
- What is the format of an online degree program?
- What is the student-faculty relationship like at Walden?
- What other resources are available?
This is a great opportunity for you to learn about Walden’s M.S.Ed. program from our dean, faculty, and alumna and determine if the online degree program is right for you.
The Ph.D. in Education Degree: An Insider's View
Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is pleased to provide an insider’s view to Walden’s doctoral degrees and answers to commonly asked questions from professionals like you who are looking to advance in the education field. Join us for an introduction by Dr. Christine Jax, associate dean of Ph.D., Ed.D., and Ed.S. programs for the Riley College of Education and Leadership and a panel discussion from our education experts, including Dr. Alice Eichholz, Residency Coordinator for the Riley College of Education and Leadership, Dr. Jennifer Smolka, Program Director for the Riley College of Education and Leadership, and Dr. Brucetta McClue Tate, a 2008 Ph.D. alumnae who is a professor for the Art Institute of Pittsburg Online Division as well as a teacher in the Recovery District in Louisiana, as they explore:
- The changing education landscape with emphasis on teacher effectiveness
- What is a Ph D and why is it important to my career?
- What is the difference between the PhD and Ed.D.?
- What is the KAM Model and how can it benefit my learning experience?
- What is it like to take an online class and what resources are available?
- What is the course content and what are assignments like?
This is a great opportunity for you to learn about Walden’s Ph.D. education programs and determine if one of our online degree programs is right for you.
Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness
The new emphasis on teacher effectiveness is changing the K–12 education landscape. What does the latest research suggest about the impact of teacher effectiveness on student achievement? What are the best strategies for enhancing teacher effectiveness? And how do district leaders assess the effect of this new emphasis on teacher effectiveness on professional development and higher education?
Hear the insights of Dr. Jack Parish, Kirk Vandersall, Christina Mills, Dr. Becky L. Shermis, and Dr. Christine Jax, exploring this important topic.
Meet and Greet with the Dean, Faculty, and Alumni of the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
During this webinar, you will hear from Dr. Kate Steffens, dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education; Dr. Lucy Sennett, faculty member in the M.S. in Education program; and Dr. Kate Swetnam, faculty member in the Ed.D. in Education program. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the college as well as gain insight into the student-faculty relationship at Walden. Dr. Mary Leventhal, a teacher and graduate of the Ed.D. in Teaching Leadership program, will share her insights and experiences as a former Walden student and current alumna.
Job Search and Career Management Strategies for PreK-12 Educators
This free one-hour webinar will cover:
- Evolving trends and career opportunities in preK–12 education.
- Effective job search strategies and interviewing skills.
- Tips for creating résumés and CVs that communicate your strengths.
- Advice for expanding your professional networks—online and offline.
- How Walden’s master’s degrees in education can help you advance your career.
From teacher portfolios and demonstration videos to school surveys and networking, finding the right teaching job today requires more than just sending out résumés. Get insights you can use to improve your chances of getting the job you want with advice from Walden career experts and educators.
The Completion Agenda: A National Imperative for the Community College
Walden invites you to view the Walden On-Demand Webinar, “The Completion Agenda: A National Imperative for the Community College.”
This webinar, co-sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, featured Dr. O’Banion; Gerardo de los Santos, league president and CEO; and Steven Johnson, president of Sinclair Community College. These community college experts discussed this national initiative to double the country’s certificate and associate degree holders by 2020.
Our panelists explored questions that included:
- Why do leading foundations and local, state, and national governments support the agenda?
- How will community colleges adapt and fund programs to help more students succeed, especially the disadvantaged or underprepared?
- What do these programs look like in the real-world community college environment?
Words Hurt: Understanding and Coping with the Bully and the Bullied
Walden invites you to view the Walden On-Demand Webinar of Dr. Colleen R. Logan and Dr. Karen Wiggins, “Words Hurt: Understanding and Coping with the Bully and the Bullied.”
- The evolution of bullying in the 21st century, including cyberbullying.
- The factors that contribute to the development of bullies.
- Why and how individuals are targeted by bullies.
- Signs that a person is bullying or being bullied.
Dr. Logan, Dr. Wiggins, and Dr. Williams also shared coping strategies and tactics for those impacted by bullying, including victims, parents, and educators.
About the presenters:
Dr. Colleen R. Logan is program coordinator of the M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program in the School of Counseling and Social Service at Walden. Dr. Logan served as the president of the American Counseling Association from 2008–2009 and has been recognized for her contributions to the field of counseling as well as her leadership in promoting social justice through a focus on advocacy and equal rights.
Dr. Karen Wiggins is a professor at Walden and coordinator of the Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6), Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas (Grades 6–12), and Adolescent Literacy and Technology (Grades 6–12) specializations in the M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) program. Prior to working at Walden, Dr. Wiggins served in a number of positions, including elementary school counselor. She has presented numerous workshops on bullying and set up peer mediation programs at both the elementary and middle school levels.
Dr. Janet Williams is the director of the Office of Field Experience, supporting teacher and principal licensure candidates at Walden. Dr. Williams has worked in higher education as an associate dean at New Orleans University; within the Louisiana Department of Education; and as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher in Florida, Hawaii, Colorado, and Louisiana. As an educational leader, she has been involved with the No Place for Hate and anti-bullying initiatives at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo. Dr. Williams was recently a featured speaker along with students in Rangeview’s Student Diversity Alliance at state and regional conventions in the Denver area.
The Walden Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Education: How to Make the Decision
Explore Walden's education doctoral programs and learn which program is best for you. You will learn the program specifics of the Ph.D. in Education and the Ed.D, and how to decide which program will best fit your academic and professional goals.
Circle of Friends: Creating Peer Communities of Support for Kids with Social and Behavioral Challenges
Walden invites you to view the archived presentation of Mary Schlieder’s Walden On-Demand Webinar, “Circle of Friends: Creating Peer Communities of Support for Kids with Social and Behavioral Challenges.” During this webinar, Schlieder, a student in Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, addressed some of the challenges teachers face when working with students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADD), sensory processing disorders, and other conditions that affect social and emotional development.
For these children, making friends and understanding social connections is an everyday challenge. School can be a lonely, scary place, and teachers often struggle with how to help. Schlieder presented her program, “Circle of Friends,” and explained how teachers can implement a peer mentoring system to create a supportive school community for students with social challenges.
Innovation and Community College Leaders
This Walden On-Demand Webinar, led by Dr. Terry O’Banion, director of Walden University’s Community College Leadership program, and Dr. Laura Weidner, a 2009 Walden graduate and dean of workforce development at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, covers a range of topics, including:
- The community college as a social innovation
- Key findings from “The Nature of Innovation in the Community College”
- Walden’s innovative approach to education
During this Walden On-Demand Webinar, you will also have the opportunity to learn about Walden’s degree programs that are designed for educators in higher education. Join us to learn how you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to develop and lead programs, services, and classes that can help students reach their full potential.