Release Date Jan. 8
More than 50 faculty members and visiting scholars were at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute at Brookhaven College for a three-day retreat as part of the Visions of Excellence, VOE, program. VOE is a faculty orientation program designed to orient new faculty to the culture of the DCCCD, to ensure that they enter the classroom with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver excellence in teaching and learning and to create opportunities to learn from and with outstanding DCCCD faculty. Delryn Fleming, Brookhaven College English professor, has long been one of the experienced faculty members contributing expertise to this training program for new faculty members.
The entire faculty and administration from Thomas Jefferson High School spent their January 4 professional development day at Brookhaven College. The group, consisting of 115 employees, spent the first two hours of their morning discussing intervention strategies for their students followed by a series of presentations and activities designed by Brookhaven College administrators, faculty representatives and Marilyn K. Lynch, college and career readiness special advisor.
The goal was to acquaint the DISD employees with the variety of post-secondary opportunities available to their students. Following a welcome by Dr. Richard D. McCrary, interim president of Brookhaven College, presentations included a college and career readiness update by Marilyn K. Lynch, associate vice president of career and program resources, and student services highlights by Oscar Lopez, vice president of student services and enrollment management.
During lunch, Brookhaven administrators and faculty joined the group for informal conversation. Rodger P. Bennett, interim vice president for instruction, set the stage for the afternoon's instructional division tours during which time faculty were divided into six groups led by Jean Kaplan, director of school alliance and community outreach; coordinators Greg Rife, Julie Hanson, Monica Pauken and Suzette Vaquero-Constantine; and Rebecca Jimenez, work-study student.
Each instructional dean spent 20 minutes highlighting programs and centers of excellence for each visiting group. Presenters included Adrien Cuellar-McGuire, interim co-dean of the School of the Arts and the Physical Education, Athletics and Nutrition Division, assisted by Jane Quetin, drama professor; Dr. Michael Dennehy, executive dean, Social Science and World Languages Division; Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, executive dean, Health and Human Services Division; Doris Rousey, executive dean, Mathematics and Science Division, assisted by Peggy Mason, biology professor, Randy Malone, biology lab coordinator/professor, and Susan Maxey, geology professor; Kendra Vaglienti, executive dean, Communications Division; and Sandy Wyche, executive dean, Business Studies Division, assisted by Becky Knickel, accounting professor, and Pat Byars, office technology professor.
The group reconvened for a brief discussion of next steps, which included the planning of meetings between TJHS and Brookhaven College faculty in specific disciplines to explore opportunities addressing college readiness, expanding opportunities for TJHS students, and collaborative professional development.
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