NADE: Intentional, Not Accidental, Connections

We have just returned from the 40th Annual NADE (National Association for Developmental Education) Conference in Anaheim, CA. Undoubtedly this was the most valuable conference we have attended to date! The original concept for Bridge the Divide involved focusing on developmental education, and after this conference it is clear that this is indeed where we…

We’rrrrree Back…

The Bridge Team is back from a very successful pillage and plunder raid of Orlando! The First Year Experience Conference was amazing: 1800 attendees and some great sessions! I remember my last FYE Annual Conference had 800 attendees—of course, that was in the good old days of the mid-90s… The conference focused on strategies for…

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Hamlin Middle School Mentoring Program

Over the past two years, EPIC staffers have participated in a student mentorship program at Hamlin Middle School to demonstrate our passion for career and college readiness within our own community. This past Friday, we made our second visit this school year to meet with students to talk about their personal experience in school and…

Look Out Disney, Here We Come!

The EPIC Bridge the Divide team is off to the 35th annual First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference in the City That the Mouse Built (Orlando) from Feb 21–23. Once an educator, always an educator, so I ask you to please indulge me as I provide a short history lecture: The FYE National Resource…

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Tools for Collaboration: Convergent Consensus

In the context of education, the word “collaboration” may conjure up images of small groups of students working together to solve a problem. Or we may think of multiple stakeholders discussing options for school improvement. But we may be less likely to think of teachers collaborating to assess student work, using a common scoring guide…

Kirsten Aspengren presenting Sauk Valley keynote

Sauk Valley Keynote – A Smashing Success

Kirsten Aspengren, EPIC’s Senior Director, was the keynote speaker at the PASS College and Career Summit held at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL. PASS (Partnership Advocating Student Success) is an initiative to create partnerships between Sauk Valley Community College and area high schools, vocational centers, institutions offering adult education, regional offices of education, and community members who…

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Analyze, Align, Partner: A Look at South Carolina’s College and Career Readiness Toolkit

In 2014, the Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness was established at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, as a professional development initiative funded by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The Center of Excellence’s primary function is to work with teachers and students around the state to improve students’ readiness…

Proficiency-Based Teaching and Learning: Supporting Teachers and Helping Students Show What They Know

Proficiency-based teaching and learning (PBTL) is a systems-level approach to teaching, assessing, and grading students, with the goal of allowing students to demonstrate proficiency with an explicit set of standards. The knowledge and skills required to demonstrate proficiency in a content area are developed and mapped out by teachers, marking a clear path through the…