I want say good bye to you ,I will never forget you, let me thank you for your assistance and all your efforts teaching me English language .I hope that you have enjoyed the work at REB.I wish you good luck in your life and in your new job in USA.
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Thank you for your hard work with us ,
Thank you for your passions with us
Thank you for your help to us
Thank you for all the time had spent with us
Thank you for all things from you because it was very nice and from a noble woman
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Thank you Miss KELLI for your help to all in teaching us good English with an easy and quick method.
Through your method, we have a good view about USA and other countries with different cultures.
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Hi Kelli ,your words hit straight the Heart , and they can’t be read without generating some kind of mixture feelings .
personnally I feell proud and sorry by the same time . Proud to have a chance to get you like a teacher and sorry to not have a possibility to continue .
But this is the way the life is made , it’s difficult for everybody to be separated from a certain environnement not only a peoples but also a land especially the desert land which has a possessive attraction .I’m not going to writte you a novel in this subject ,but believe me ,lot of western citizens coming in here , even like a tourists or scientists to visit Southern Algeria ,especially Tamanrasset & near by ,after they finish their business or holidays ,they stay there and never go back . May be because Africa is the mother of Humanity ,according to the history it is the continent where Adam& Eve had seen the day .
Lone Star College, the Dallas Community College District, and South Texas College are featured prominently in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education (March 27—subscription), on the subject of professional development for adjunct faculty. The schools are actively engaged in attempting to bring part-time teachers into the life of the campus, and to make sure they are up to speed on teaching methodology.
Many of the issues associated with the increasing use of adjuncts are discussed in the piece: salaries, benefits, "freeway flyers" who commute from school to school, and the limited amount of time and resources for meeting with students. Among those interviewed is Fred Newbury, Richland College, a member of the TCCTA Executive Committee.
Here are some excerpts from the article by Katherine Mangan:
On a recent Wednesday evening, 15 adjunct instructors and a full-time professor are sitting around a table in a classroom at Lone Star College-CyFair, trading teaching tips and insights.
One suggests playing music to put students at ease as they enter the classroom the first day. Another offers some "hooks" to draw them into the discussion, while a third describes a creative closing exercise to get students to reflect on the lesson.
Two out of every three faculty members on the campus here are adjunct professors. Like part-timers across academe, they work without benefits, private offices, or job security. Many spend hours on Houston freeways commuting from one campus to another, often working late into the evening or on weekends after full-time faculty members have gone home.
But at a time when growing enrollments and shrinking revenues are putting pressure on community colleges to hire more adjuncts, and national studies have raised concerns about the quality of their teaching, some colleges, like Lone Star, are rolling out programs to support part-timers and help them become better teachers.
Elsewhere around Texas, part-timers play important roles at expanding but financially pinched community colleges.
South Texas College system, based near the Mexican border, is another five-campus community college. Enrollment rose 12 percent throughout the system this spring over last spring, after climbing 10 percent over the past two fall semesters. Applications to its technology and nursing and allied-health programs jumped 22 percent and 23 percent respectively this spring, largely because of widespread job opportunities in those areas.
Shirley Ingram, director of human resources at the system, says her office is scrambling to hire faculty members for 46 disciplines for the fall. While it has had to hire some part-timers, finding adjunct professors in a small town or rural area isn't easy, since many community-college programs require teachers to have at least a master's degree.
Ms. Ingram says the college tries to limit the number of adjuncts it hires. Unlike most community colleges, the system's full-time faculty of 461 outnumbers its 325 adjuncts.
"Full-time faculty really get involved with the community and the students," Ms. Ingram says. "They're not just teaching a class for a little extra money."
Some faculty leaders expressed concern that the college might use this category to get rid of regular full-time employment, but administrators said they would hire no more than 10 full-time adjuncts per campus.
Expanding the ranks of adjuncts may be inevitable as community colleges struggle with increasing enrollments and decreasing revenues, says Fred Newbury a full-time professor of economics at Richland College, part of the Dallas County Community College District. He takes issue with the assumption that part-time professors are always inferior.
"We're blessed in this area to have a lot of highly educated, well-trained people who are interested in teaching and who can bring plenty of real-world experience into the classroom," he says.
The college offers a variety of evening and weekend support services for adjuncts, including a work room, lockers, message-taking service, computer support, and conference rooms to meet with students. Facilities like those get plenty of use in Dallas. Across the system, the 2,500 adjuncts make up 77 percent of its 3,243 faculty members.
There are several points of view on whether new federal stimulus money can be used for general, ongoing purposes, or whether it must be directed toward one-time-only spending on discrete projects. Gov. Perry has said he will refuse supplemental money that would require a substantive, and presumably permanent, policy change in the way unemployment benefits are distributed. Then there's the whole question of the state's "rainy day" fund. Must it be depleted before federal dollars can be used to plug "holes" in the budget? Hey, isn't it raining?
The result could affect formula appropriations to community and technical colleges—at least to the degree that any budgetary relief in one area (say public education or transportation) could liberate funds for use somewhere else. And that's just the beginning of the interesting possibilities. However, many officials are reluctant to go after funds that may evaporate from the revenue stream after the economy recovers.
The Senate's chief budget writer says he's relying heavily on federal stimulus money.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Steve Ogden says, though, that he's not worried that Gov. Rick Perry will reject any more economic recovery aid from Washington.
Earlier this month, the governor said he'd reject about a half-billion for expanding unemployment benefits money because too many strings were attached. But Ogden, R-Bryan, unveiled plans Monday to spend about $14.2 billion, saying he has "no concern" Perry would reject any more of the funds.
Ogden made his comments as the Senate Finance Committee put finishing touches on a two-year budget he said would spend $177 billion, counting federal funds. He said that's $5.4 billion more than proposed in the Senate's "base budget," filed in January.
Of the $14.2 billion of stimulus money Ogden wants to spend, $10.9 billion would be inserted into the two-year state budget. The rest would plug holes in this year's budget, which ends Aug. 31 – plus add some money for roads and public schools.
Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, objected to the plan, warning that use of stimulus money to expand ongoing programs is a mistake. But other Republicans backed Ogden, as did all Democrats on the committee.
Ogden and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said using most of the stimulus funds means budget writers haven't had to tap the state's "rainy day fund," which Comptroller Susan Combs has said will have $9.1 billion by August 2011.
As lawmakers try to determine what can and cannot be done with the stimulus money, a crucial question has arisen. The purpose of the stimulus money is to help states fill holes in their budget. The question is: Does Texas have a hole—or, to put it another way, will the feds decide that Texas doesn’t have a hole? The issue here is the Rainy Day fund. Texas has socked away $7 billion with more to come. Will the feds say that Texas doesn’t really have a hole, because it could use the Rainy Day fund to fill it? This is a question that is worrying appropriators. Will the feds say, you have to use your own money before you can use our money?
A recent vote in the Senate Finance Committee has kept alive the prospect of proportionality in funding health benefits for community college educators. Therefore, the concept remains an alarming component of the Senate's "base bill" for the next biennium.
The situation is looking much more favorable in the House, where Appropriations Committee members have refused to include proportionality in their version of the budget. If the Senate holds firm to proportionality, the issue will come down to a floor vote in both chambers of the Legislature. If differences remain, a joint conference committee must resolve them before final passage, usually in the waning hours of the Session.
TCCTA Lobbyist Beaman Floyd urges all members to be on the alert for future bulletins, and to continue to register firm opposition to proportionality to senators and representatives. Lawmakers are particularly receptive to requests from constituents who reside inside their district.
More precise recommendations and guidelines are found at the conclusion of this post.
Some educators and policy makers believe that the lecture as a teaching technique is destined for the bone yard of oblivion—and deservedly so. In fact, as reported earlier, there's an organization dedicated to hastening its demise. Here's the home page of the National Center for Academic Transformation, which prominently displays a graphic with one of those "crossed out" emblems over a photo of a lecture hall. Those who may have missed TCCTA reports on this issue are urged to peruse the NCAT Web site for background and updates.
As reported previously, the Coordinating Board, with Legislative approval, is engaged actively in an enterprise called the Course Redesign Project, funding pilot programs at colleges and universities wishing to make the switch in certain fields. Redesigned courses typically make prominent use of technology and require fewer full time faculty. The idea also is to use faculty members to contribute to planning and design, relieving them from routine grading and other chores associated with traditional instruction. Redesigned courses are usually in entry-level, high-volume subjects, with the stated goal of efficiency and increased retention. Reportedly the effort has been voluntary so far. In other words, professors wishing to continue lecturing in the traditional manner can continue to do so, assuming their schools don't enforce any conformity locally.
But there is still plenty of lecturing going on, and this is likely to continue. What isn't discussed much these days is a distinction between "good" and "bad" lecturing, as the pedagogical tool evolves to fit today's students. Rob Weir of the Instant Mentor section of Inside Higher Ed. offers his "ten commandments." It's worth a look and available for free. Here's the link.
With no state income tax, the state budget is heavily dependent upon sales taxes. This makes a decline in consumer spending (the chief dilemma of the current financial crisis nationwide) particularly noteworthy, and potentially devastating. The downturn can have a cascading effect, as local governments are compelled to rely more on property taxes—potentially squeezing the available revenue for community colleges.
VERSAILLES, Ky. – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System's governing board voted Friday to abolish tenure for all new faculty members. Under the policy, faculty hired on or after July 1 will be employed on a contractual basis, without tenure. Tenured faculty already at the system's 16 schools will not be affected.
Several community college professors carrying signs that read “Keep Tenure”' attended the meeting at the system's headquarters. After the vote, they told the Lexington Herald-Leader they will ask the state legislature to restore tenure.
There are 890 tenured employees in the system and 168 on track for tenure.
-- Associated Press
A report issued Friday by the Texas Teacher Retirement System spells out what everyone seemed to be expecting, given the current economic situation. However, the report is the first official indication of how bad things are.