Three faculty members at Snead State Community College were recently recognized for completing the Instructional Leadership Academy available through the Alabama Community College System.
Mathematics Instructor Dr. Angela Lusk, Science/Horticulture Instructor Dr. Tom Warren, and Music Instructor Dr. Steven DiBlasi completed the program requirements during the 10-month academy and received ACCS pins to signify their achievements.
“As this year of ILA concludes, we continue to see the profound effects that this professional development brings to faculty, students and our colleges. At our final meeting, instructors presented the strategies that they had implemented in their classrooms as a result of ILA, and the presentations and results were inspiring,” said ILA Facilitator Leah Fountain.
To meet the academy’s requirements, each cohort participated in 24 hours of collaborative workshops, which were held virtually, and watched approximately 15 hours of video lectures in preparation for the workshops, completing reflection worksheets for each.
“All (of the Snead State) participants went above and beyond by completing a course redesign for their highest enrolled course. This involved providing unit objectives, lecture videos, active learning strategies, interventions for assisting lower performing students, and several surveys to gather student feedback used toward continuous improvement,” said Ms. Fountain.
Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Vann Scott presented the ACCS pins to the three faculty members.
“I know our faculty members complete a lot of work and devoted a lot of time to completing this program during an academic year that was anything but typical,” said Dr. Whitmore. “Dr. Lusk, Dr. Warren and Dr. DiBlasi are three of our most talented and dedicated faculty members who go the extra mile to provide the best learning experience for students. Their commitment to the Instructional Leadership Academy is evidence of their desire to inspire students and encourage their success.”