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Sharing Our Work on Learning Communities

Faculty and administrators have shared best practices and lessons learned through publications, conference presentations, and, specifically, with other campuses interested in creating and/or developing learning communities, through workshops offered at these institutions as well at Kingsborough. A sample of this work appears below.

Publications on Learning Communities by KCC Authors

Babbitt, M. & Mlynarczyk, R.W.  (2000). Keys to successful content-based programs: Administrative perspectives. In L. Kasper (Ed.), Content-based college ESL instruction, (pp. 26-47). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Babbitt, M.  (2001). Making writing count in an ESL learning community. In I. Leki (Ed.), Academic writing programs, (pp. 49-60). Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

Babbitt, M. (2006) Strength in community: Effectiveness of community in building college success. In M. Spaventa (Ed.), Pedagogy, programs, curricula, and assessment of the perspectives on community ESL series (Vol.I), (pp. 61-76). Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

Garland, L. & Kolkmeyer, K. (2011). A culture of conversation: Faculty talk as meaningful assessment of learning communities. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 38(3), 231-243.

Graziano-King, J., & Kahn, G. (2008/9) Exploring voice as integration: A direction for assessing student work in learning communities with composition. Journal of Learning Communities Research, 3(3), 74-88.

Graziano, J. & Kahn, G. (2013). Sustained faculty development in learning communities. Learning Communities Research and Practice, 1(2), Article 5.

Greenberg, C. (2008). Developing adult ESL speech through a civic engagement learning community. As We Speak, 5(1). TESOL Journals.

Mastrianni, T. M. (2015). When the due date is not the “do” date! Learning Communities Research and Practice, 3(2), Article 4.

Mlynarczyk, R.W., & Babbitt, M.  (2002). The power of academic learning communitiesJournal of Basic Writing 21(1), 71-89.

Parisi, H., & Graziano-King, J. (2011). Integrating best practices: Learning communities and the writing center. Community College Enterprise, 17(1), 22-38.

Schmidt, L.C., & Graziano, J. (Eds.). (2016). Building synergy for high-impact educational initiatives: First year seminars and learning communities. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

Song, Bailin. (2006). Content-based ESL instruction: Long-term effects and outcomes. English for Specific Purposes 25, 420-437. 

Conference Presentations

In addition to conference presentations listed below, a number of KCC faculty and administrators have presented and served as resource faculty at the annual National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

Students' Communal Reflections as a Tool for Assessing a Learning Community Program. Gabrielle Kahn, Chris Calienes, Tara Thompson, and John Keller. National Learning Communities Conference. Kansas City, MO, November, 2015.

Learning Communities 101: Developing and Implementing Learning Communities. George Hill, Anne Love, and Terry Novak. The Atlantic Center for Learning Communities, West Hartford, CN, October, 2015.

The Students Demanded It, So We Built It: What We’ve Learned Building the Opening Doors Learning Community Peer Mentoring Program. George Hill. New Jersey Association of New Student Advocates 5th Biennial State Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October, 2015.

Divided We Fall, United We Rise: Optimizing Chances for Black Male & Latino Success through Academic Community Building. Stephanie Akunvabey and Marissa Schlesinger. Eleventh Annual CUNY CUE Conference, New York, NY, May, 2015.

Evidence-Based Learning Community Program Redesign in a Community College. Gabrielle Kahn and Chris Calienes. National Learning Communities Conference. Bay City, MI, November, 2014.

How to Develop a Student Success Model. Stephanie Akunvabey, Marissa Schlesinger, and Heidi Lopez. New York State Financial Aid Administrators Annual Conference, Lake Placid, NY, 2014.

To Form a More Perfect Union: Successful Developmental Learning Communities. Stephanie Akunvabey, Marissa Schlesinger ,and Cheryl Smith. National Association of Development Education’s Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, 2014.

Extending the Learning Community Experience: An Assessment of a Year-Long Program for English as a Second Language Students. Gabrielle Kahn and Chris Calienes. National Learning Communities Conference. Corpus Christi, TX, November, 2013.

The Crux of the Problem: A Fully-Integrated Basic Writing/Art History/Student Affairs Learning Community as a Means for Student Success. Stephanie Akunvaey, Maya Jimenez, and Cheryl Smith. Twelfth Annual Atlantic Center for Learning Communities Retreat, West Hartford, CT, 2012.

Strategies for Sustainable Pedagogy and Ecology in ESL/Developmental Learning Communities. Gabrielle Kahn and Marcia Babbitt. National Learning Communities Conference. Chicago, November, 2011.

The Art of Learning Together.  Stephanie Akunvabey, Maya Jimenez, and Cheryl Smith. Annual CUNY General Education Conference, Jamaica, NY, 2011.

Learning Communities- Increasing Academic and Social Engagement in Community Colleges: Intention, Implementation, and Investigation. Janine Graziano-King and Marissa Schlesinger. 2013 Kentucky Student Success Summit, Louisville, KY, April, 2013.

Using a Decision Tree to Improve Integrative Assignments: Yes or No? Janine Graziano-King and Gabrielle Kahn. National Learning Communities Conference, Indianapolis, IN, November, 2012.

Successfully Integrating Student Affairs with Learning Communities. George Hill. The Atlantic Center for Learning Communities, West Hartford, CN, October, 2012.

Integrative Assignments: Assessment and Redesign. Janine Graziano-King, Chris Calienes, and Richard Fox.  A CUNYverse of Innovations: The 8th Annual CUE Conference, Staten Island, NY, May, 2012.

Experiential and Reflective Learning in First Year Learning Communities. George Hill and Patricia Tooker. Atlantic Center for Learning Communities Retreat on Learning Communities and the First Year Student, West Hartford, CN, October, 2011.

Strategies for Sustainable Pedagogy and Ecology in ESL/Developmental Learning Communities. Gabrielle Kahn and Marcia Babbitt. National Learning Communities Conference, Kansas City, MO, November, 2011.

The Art of Learning Together. Marissa Schlesinger and Cheryl Smith. In How small teacher communities foster effective teaching and integrative learning in the basic writing classroom, E. Ferretti, Chair. NCTE Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta GA, April, 2011.

Building & Sustaining Learning Community Programs (Keynote). Rachel Singer. Consortium for Illinois Learning Communities, Best Practices Symposium, Palatine, IL, May, 2011.

Persistence in High School and College: Tools to Help Increase Persistence and Degree Attainment—Creative Ways to Deal with Remedial/Developmental Education. Rachel Singer. Princeton University—Education Research Section, Princeton, NJ, April, 2010.

Stimulating Integrative Learning: Teaching Biology and Psychology with a Linked Seminar to Second Semester Community College Students. Petra Symister and Sarwar Jahngir. National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Professional Development Conference, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2010.

Programs Supporting College and Career Readiness. Rachel Singer. American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC, February, 2010.

You Get What You Ask For: Connecting Assessment of Integrative Thinking to Improvement of Assignment Design. Chris Calienes, Janine Graziano-King, and Marissa Schlesinger. Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference: Integrative Learning: Addressing the Complexities, Atlanta GA, October, 2009.

Learning Communities: Impacting Process, Policy, & Pedagogy. Rachel Singer, Janine Graziano-King, and Stuart Suss. American Association of Community Colleges, Phoenix, AZ, April, 2009.

Learning Communities for Students in Developmental Education: Research and Practice. Rachel Singer and Janine Graziano-King. Florida Developmental Education Association Conference, Orlando, FL, October, 2008.

What Students Have to Say: The Role of Reflection in Learning Communities. Marcia Babbitt, Gabrielle Kahn, Martha Clark Cummings, and Vanessa Santaga. National Learning Communities Conference. Kansas City, MO, November, 2008.

Learning communities at Kingsborough Community College: Research and Practice. Rachel Singer, Janine Graziano-King, and Mary Visher. Achieving the Dream Strategy Institute, Atlanta, GA, February, 2008.

Findings from Learning Communities at Kingsborough Community College. Rachel Singer, Janine Graziano-King, Stuart Suss, and Mary Visher. Strengthening Student Success, San Jose, CA, October, 2007.

Engaging Students in Collaborative Pedagogies: The Role of Learning Communities. Marcia Babbitt, Rebecca Mlynarczyk, Janine Graziano-King, and Kate Garretson. American Association of Colleges and Universities Conference: Pedagogies of Engagement, Bethesda, MD, April, 2005.

Collaborations with Other Campuses

Kingsborough has collaborated with the following colleges to provide professional development and support in initiating or developing learning communities:  

Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, Albuquerque, NM 

Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ

Berkeley College, New York, NY

Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA

Bronx Community College, Bronx NY

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

Broward Community College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

Community College of Baltimore County, Rosedale, MD

Century College, White Bear Lake, MN

Chaffey College, Fontana, CA

City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH

Delaware Tech. & Community College, Dover, DE

Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA

Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX

Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT

Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

Hillsborough Community College, Plant City, FL

Hostos Community College, CUNY, Bronx, NY

Houston Community College, Houston TX

Indianapolis University Purdue and University of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN 

Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA

Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Malcolm X City College, Chicago, IL

Merced Community College, Merced, CA

Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA

Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY

Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY

Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT

New Community College, CUNY, New York, NY

Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT

Orange County Community College, SUNY, Middletown, NY

Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL

Queensborough Community College, CUNY, Queens, NY

San Francisco State U., San Francisco, CA

Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, VA

University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire, WI

Wayne County Community College, Detroit, MI

 
 
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