The Professional Development webpage was created to help college reading and learning assistance professionals find links to resources, contacts, and professional development opportunities in one central location. The College Reading and Learning Association wants to "share the best for student success," so please check out the links to find answers to questions and opportunities to enhance your professional development. All resources shown here are free.
On-demand resources are available for busy professionals. Check out the following links!
2 Minute Takeaways from Innovative Educators
A collection of free videos showcasing Higher Education experts who answer critical questions in 2 minutes or less is available at http://www.weeklyinnovations.org/video
Learning Resources from Cengage Learning
A gallery of on-demand webinars on key issues and teaching strategies in reading, writing, math, and student success can be accessed by joining the Cengage Learning Developmental Studies Community for free at: http://cengagesites.com/academic/?site=5408&SecID=5720
7 Things You Should Know About……Learning Initiative Series from Educause
Looking for concise information on emerging learning technologies and practices?
Check out this site for descriptions of what they are, how they work, where they are going, and why they matter to teaching and learning. http://www.educause.edu/ELI7Things
Merlot Pedagogy Portal A collection of free resources organized by five themes: Learners and Learning, Course Instructional Design, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Challenges, and Assessment. http://pedagogy.merlot.org/index.html
Council for Learning Assistance & Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA)
Essential Professional Readings
Access and Success
school through college. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
ASHE Higher Education Report, 35(6). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
R. (2010). Student success in community colleges: A practical guide to developmental education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Journal of Developmental Education, 32(3), 14-23.
Monograph Series. Olympia, WA: The Evergreen State College, Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, in cooperation with the American Association of Community Colleges.
Learning Center Management
Program Assessment and Evaluation
Journal of Developmental Education, 25(2), 2-4, 6, 8.
Tutoring and Mentoring
Applying research for best practices, policy implications, and student achievement.
Research in the Community College, 16(1), 6-12.
Williamsville, NY: Cambridge Stratford.
achievement and retention. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Assistance Review, 12(2), 33-45.
know about how to tutor. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Professional Association Liaison Organizations
AERA – American Education Research Organization, Division D (Measurement and Research Methodology)
Other Useful Links
Fall 2013 Twitter Chats
Guest Tweeter: Dr. Chris Smith, Annual Contract Faculty from Columbus State Community College
October 31st: Inquiry-based Learning in an Integrated Basic Skill
Guest Tweeter: Amy Lawlor, Professor of English at City College of San Francisco
October 24th: Making Hope Happen
Guest Tweeter:Dr. Shane Lopez, author of Making Hope Happen and Senior Scientist at Gallup
October 2nd:Boredom: The Shriek of Unused Capacities
Guest Tweeter:Dr. Cari Kenner, St. Cloud State University and Jason Weinerman, Anoka Ramsey Community College
October 2nd:Handling Difficult Students
Guest Tweeter:Writing Tutors from Ohio Dominican University
September 26th: Tutoring Non-Native Speakers of English
Guest Tweeter: Emily Pucker, English Professor, Hondros College
September 19th: Reading Between the Lines: Metacognition and Teaching Literature
Guest Tweeter: Leonard Geddes, Associate Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and Coordinator of the Lohr Learning Commons
September 18th: Assessing Learning Assistance
Guest Tweeter: Dorothy Briggs, Director of the THINK TANK at the University of Arizona
September 25th: Tutor Training Certification
Guest Tweeter: Rick Sheets, CRLA ITTPC Coordinator
October 2nd: How Academics Can Utilize Twitter
Guest Tweeter: Kristy Black, Learning Commons Assistant
October 9th: What is Happening to the Reading Courses in
Guest Tweeter: Ann Wolf, Past President, CRLA;
TeamUP consultant for Cengage Learning
October 16th: Mentor Training Program Certification
Guest Tweeter: Page Vaughan Keller, CRLA IMTPC Coordinator
Director, Center for Excellence in Peer Education
College of Charleston
November 13th: Developing Study Skills Workshops:
Meeting Students in the Middle
Guest Tweeter: Kathleen Volk
Student Services Coordinator of the Learning Commons
November 20th: An Unexpected Journey: An Adjunct's Tale
Guest Tweeter: Mary R. Bogan
Adjunct Reading Instructor
November 26th: Promoting Your Writing Center
Guest Tweeter: Allen Williams
Coordinator of the Write Place
Ohio Dominican University
January 22nd: Marketing Your Learning Center
Guest Tweeter: Mason Tudor
Coordinator for Academic Support
West Kentucky Community & Technical College
January 29th: Transforming Student-Athletes into Life-Long Readers and Thinkers
Guest Tweeter: Meredith Breitling
Texas A&M University Athletic Department
February 5th: Supplemental Who? A Q&A regarding SI at Texas State
Guest Tweeter: Lindley Workman Alyea
CRLA Public Relations Director
Assistant Director, Student Learning Assistance Center
Texas State University - San Marcos
February 19th: Learning Centers for the Next Decade.....
Building on the Legacy of Frank Christ
Guest Tweeters: Rick Sheets, CRLA ITTPC Coordinator, and Laura Everett, Tutoring Services Coordinator, the THINK TANK
The University of Arizona and CRLA Learning Assistance Center Management SIG Leader
February 26th: Measuring Curricular Efficacy through
Program Evaluation Studies
Guest Tweeter: Sonya Armstrong
CRLA Research & Evaluation SIG Leader
Director, College Learning Enhancement Program
Northern Illinois University
March 5th: Integrating Learning Assistance into Campus Events
Guest Tweeter: Melissa Thomas
CRLA President and Director, Center for Student Learning,
College of Charleston
March 12th:Leveraging Student Differences
for Positive Outcomes
Guest Tweeters: Sheryl Bone and Kira Shank
Student Success Department, Kaplan University and
CRLA Learning Disabilities SIG Leaders
March 19th: Building the ARC: Reimagining and Designing
an Academic Resource Center
Guest Tweeter: Marissa Loon
Director of Academic Resource Center
March 26th:Getting Your CRLA Conference Proposal Accepted
Guest Tweeter: Diana Bell
CRLA President-Elect and 2013 Conference Chair
Associate Professor of English
University of Alabama in Huntsville
April 2nd: Online Tutoring in Your Learning Center
Guest Tweeter: Laura Everett
Tutoring Services Coordinator, the THINK TANK,
The University of Arizona and
CRLA Learning Assistance Center Management SIG Leader
April 9th: Promising Practices in Teaching an Integrated Reading/Writing Course
Guest Tweeter: Maggi Miller
Manager for Cengage Learning’s Peer to Peer
Faculty Development and Consulting group, TeamUP
April 16th: Marketing Yourself and Your Center with Social Media Savvy
Guest Tweeters: Colette Shaw
Student Support Specialist & Tutor Training Coordinator
and Laura Rolston
Tutor Training Assistant & Calculus Teaching Assistant
Rochester Institute of Technology
April 23rd: Can You REALLY Teach Reading Online?
Guest Tweeter: Lisa Roberto
TRIO Reading/Writing Specialist
April 30th: Political Activism: Your Voice Matters
Guest Tweeter: Jack Trammell
Director of Disability Support Services &
Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department
CRLA PAC representative to CLADEA
Past Twitter Chats:
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Get up to speed with Twitter by viewing the following “Twitter 101” presentation at http://www.gcflearnfree.org/twitter101 (by Goodwill Community Foundation).
Listservs are email groups to which you may subscribe in order to be included on e-discussions based on areas of interest or expertise. There are a variety of listservs, some of which are below.
LRNASST-L is managed by the University of Florida and links professionals from around the world by email. This is an excellent place to pose questions to colleagues, post job opportunities, and network. (www.teachingcenter.ufl.edu/lrnasst.html)
First-Year Experience (FYE)
The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience (FYE) and Students in Transition manages a number of listservs by areas of interest such as the First-Year Experience (FYE), First-Year Assessment (FYA), Graduate Year Experience (GRAD), Sophomore Year (SOPH), Senior Year Experience (SYE), and Transfer Year Experience (TYE). (www.sc.edu/fye/listservs/listinfo.html)
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
The International Center for Supplemental Instruction (SI) from the University of Missouri at Kansas City hosts a listserv specifically for SI programs around the world. (www.umkc.edu/asm/si/sinet/shtml)
The Wcenter listserv, although not affiliated with the International Writing Centers Association, is used by numerous writing center professionals who ask for advice and post research queries and writing center-related announcements to the writing center community.
To subscribe to WCENTER, contact Elizabeth Bowen firstname.lastname@example.org . To view the archives, you can go to http://lyris.ttu.edu/read/?forum=wcenter. If you would like to post a message to the list, simply address your email accordingly: email@example.com.
Professional Development DirectorSuzanne McCarthy
Senior Director, Retired
Academic Success and Advising Center, Centenary College
341 Wheatstone Lane
Lebanon, PA 17042