The ISLAS Academy initiative is designed to foster an institutional culture of evidence and assessment and provide professional development opportunities that support student success.
ISLAS Academy activities include professional development opportunities that focus on:
- Outcomes-based Assessment Training: Assessment basics, use of rubrics and measures of student learning outcomes (SLOs), development of assessment modules, training on inter-rater reliability, technology tools for managing outcomes-based assessment and measurement of student learning and institutional activities.
- Best practices for designing culturally responsive student and academic support programs to increase retention: Curriculum design, learning communities, intrusive advising and retention programming, curricular and co-curricular programs linked to academic support services.
- Culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies: Engaging and high impact pedagogies, technology integration of assessment, e-portfolios and e-book readers, and social networking media.
- Best practices for outreach to Hispanic, first generation & low-income students: Development of integrated culturally responsive practices that support high school students, parents, academic counselors, and community college students.
Intensive Train-the-Trainers Series: Train-the-trainer model implementation to continue faculty and staff development as growth brings higher enrollment and new faculty and staff (offered to a select group of participants).