Brooke Istas, the new moderator of Correctional Education
Submitted by BrookeIstas on March 24, 2015 - 5:05pm
This week sees the move from the LINCS Subject Matter Expert (SME) – model to that of a moderator-facilitated discussion groups. For the Correctional Education group, this means that the current SME – Heather Erwin, will be moving from her current role and I will become the new moderator of this community of practice (CoP). I would like to thank Heather for her time invested in this community of practice and for her many other contributions to the field. I am thrilled to be the new moderator and equally excited to continue to work with Heather as a contributing member.
For some, I am new here – so let me introduce myself. My name is Brooke Istas and I currently teach mathematics at Cowley College in Kansas. For last eight years, I worked in our adult education program as the Instructional Coordinator/Mathematics Instructor in face-to-face, online, and blended classes; both in and out of the correctional settings. I am familiar with the difficulties that many of you have because I have had them, too. In addition, I have worked as the Subject Matter Expert for the Math and Numeracy Community of Practice for the past five years and have given trainings on mathematical and science concepts for LINCS.
Each of us brings a depth of knowledge and expertise to our community, I look forward to getting to know and learn as a member of this community. I welcome your feedback, questions, concerns, issues, thoughts and suggestions for making this community a place you value for answers to tough questions, resources to improve instructional strategies, look to others for help and support each week.
Whether you are new to this community or not, please feel free to introduce yourself and answer these two questions:
1. What is something you are struggling with right now in your program, classroom, or facility?
2. What are your current learning interests to help you improve or support what you are currently working on?
As we begin to post – I would like for those of us reading the responses to reply to posts that intersect with our own thoughts, challenges, or interests. If you are interested in something I mentioned in this introduction and want to now more, please post a reply to ask about it.