June 7 (7)

Expanding Opportunity for All: How Can We Increase Community College Student Completion?

Expanding Opportunity for All: How Can We Increase Community College Student Completion?

The League for Innovation’s Faculty Voices initiative is focused on engaging community college faculty in important conversations about student completion, with a goal to learn about faculty concerns regarding the strong emphasis on certificate and degree completion, and their perspectives on individual and institutional practices that are effective in helping students succeed. In these conversations, project staff are using a Choicework Discussion Starter prepared for Faculty Voices by Public Agenda. The Choicework process involves an examination of several approaches to thinking about a complex issue – in this case, increasing student completion – and concludes with a summary of common ground, areas of disagreement, outstanding questions, and next steps.

This session includes an orientation to the Choicework Discussion Starter process, a discussion of resources for moderating productive conversations using this process, and an introduction to the Expanding Opportunity for All Choicework Discussion Starter created for Faculty Voices. Learn how to engage faculty and others in important conversations about student success, and how these discussions can lead to meaningful action to improve student retention and completion at your college. Learn, too, how to access the free toolkit, which includes the Expanding Opportunity for All discussion starter, a detailed moderator guide, four moderator training videos, and a guide to using the videos.

Presentation on Pubic Sector Pension Reform

Presentation on Pubic Sector Pension Reform

This presentation will reflect on the current Teachers’ Pension Act and do a comparison with the proposed Public Sector Pension Reform. The focus areas will be:

  •  Treatment of temporary service prior to reform and permanent appointment post reform;
  •  Contribution of temporary works to the fund;
  •  Function of trustees of the fund;
  •  Vesting period;
  •  Pensionable emoluments;
  •  Commencement of Government of Jamaica’s contribution to the fund;
  •  Establishment of the fund;
  •  Early retirement
  •  Re-engagement of public officers;
  •  Refund of contribution;
  •  Indexation of pension.      


The presentation will address the time-table for implementation and the overall effects said implementation will have on the members of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association.


Proquest Workshop

Proquest Workshop

Workshop Structure

  • Thursday – Two sessions in the morning, and two sessions in the afternoon
  • Friday – One session for faculty members

Requirements for Workshop

  • Participants are encouraged to have a laptop or computer.
  • Attendees are required to become familiar with the CCCJ ProQuest Resources available at http://etechstore.wixsite.com/cccjamaica
  • Attendees are expected to have reviewed the following introductory videos:

Workshop Topics

  • Using ProQuest Resources – Business
  • Using ProQuest Resources – Technology
    • Two sessions per day – morning and afternoon
    • Morning Sessions for Faculty
    • Afternoon Sessions for Students
    • Session Length – 1 hour
  • Using ProQuest Resources - Research and Citation Management Techniques
    • Sessions for Faculty
    • One session per day – Friday morning
    • Session Length – 1 hour


Communication and Collaboration tools are important for educators and their students as they travel through the world of academia. Students use technology to communicate ideas and information, and work collaboratively to support individual needs and contribute to the learning of others. Collaboration in the classroom helps students to share ideas, increases peer interactive and builds cohesiveness, improves creativity and problem solving. Communication and collaboration tools can be used to extend learning beyond the class session; involve students in the class session who are off-campus; and foster group work within the class session among students.

The presentation seeks to highlight three free tools which can be used to communicate and collaborate with students inside and outside the classroom. The presenter will conduct a workshop in the use of the Kahoot, Blogger and Quick Response (QR) Codes to actively engage students.

Kahoot is a free online game-based learning platform that makes learning fun. Students are able to play in teams or individually as questions appear on a shared screen and they respond to the questions on their devices. Blogger is a free tool used to create blogs. It is hosted on Google platform that can be used to post class discussion, give feedback, update students on upcoming events and assignments and upload documents, pictures and videos for discussion.

QR Codes is a useful eco-friendly tool. They are easy to read and students are fascinated by them. It is a quick scannable barcode-like image that directs you to a specific digital destination. QR Codes can be used for easy access to quizzes, websites, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, videos, apps etc.

Participants will be fully engaged and should bring their own devices. They are asked to download and install the following applications before the session. Kahoot, Blogger and QR Droid Code Scanner.

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