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Quality Instruction

By Kimberly Ferrario

When considering quality instruction, I often think about the age-old question “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Does quality instruction emerge through finely crafted standards and top-of the-line curriculum and text materials or does quality instruction come from a quality professor? After pondering this for about 20 years, as a public school teacher […]

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The Elephant in the Hallway: Promises for Peer Review of Teaching in Higher Education

By Jenifer Crawford

I believe that I am a “good teacher.” On most days when I teach I am fully present, minutes never pass slowly, and I am dancing in concert with ideas, actions, and my students. My professional identity is strongly tied to my belief that I am a good teacher, but the evidence I have to […]

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Quality Conversations in Academe

By Melora Sundt

The blog topics this week begin a conversation about what we mean when we talk about “quality” as faculty in the higher education environment. I have asked four colleagues to each take a particular topic and start us off. Tomorrow, Jen Crawford writes about quality peer feedback on faculty teaching. On Wednesday, Kim Ferrario writes […]

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Making a Living or Making a Life

By Mark DeFusco

For the last several months, I have been serving as the interim CEO for the National Institute of Training and Employment (NITE). It is a very interesting company that is owned by leaders in the higher education private equity sector, Hamilton White and Linden Education. This is a company that focuses on jobs and gets […]

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Transferring Athletic Discipline into Academic Discipline

By Bill Tierney

Any athlete over the long haul has to be disciplined. Some natural athletes can perform at a peak level for a time (think Babe Ruth), but as your body ages it betrays you (think Joe Namath). I’m not a natural athlete but I enjoy physical activity—whether it’s hiking, working out, or running. I enjoy the […]

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On Mentoring, Goals, and What It’s All About

By Bill Tierney

I have mentored lots of students over the years. Insofar as we are all different every individual needs to be mentored in a different way. The methods may differ, but there is an underlying basis to mentoring that stays the same for everyone, and that has to do with trust. There is someone I have […]

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Transitioning to College–What’s Promising? What’s Challenging?

By Patricia A. Popp

This is my 20th year working in the field of homeless education and I’ve witnessed tremendous change. While the general public may not see the face of a child when they hear the word, “homeless,” many educators do. Gone are the days when I would offer training on homeless education and find the room nearly […]

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Homeless College Students: An Invisible Population

By Valerie Ambrose

The first time a student told me she was homeless, I was, perhaps naively, surprised. It had not occurred to me that people who were in college and working toward a degree might have precarious housing arrangements. Since that time, I have encountered approximately one student per term who chooses to share his/her housing insecurity […]

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Homeless Students on Campus–Hidden Group

By Bertha Fountain

The fall of every year is the start of a new semester for college students. And while most students are adjusting to new classes, getting their school books, and studying, others have additional worries and concerns. Homelessness is not just something experienced on the street, but is a part of the reality of campus life […]

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Supporting Unaccompanied Youth

By Alexandra E. Pavlakis and Peter M. Miller

In 2011, we explored how homelessness shaped student and families’ K–12 schooling experiences in a medium-sized Midwestern city. We gathered longitudinal district data and conducted 132 semi-structured interviews with school employees, parents experiencing homelessness, and community providers. Our study led to myriad findings on the diversity of homelessness, educational resource access, and parental engagement. While […]

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