Professional Development Projects
CORD assists clients of all sizes in designing, implementing, and assessing professional development programs. Below are a few recent project examples.
North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching (NC-NET)
The North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching (NC-NET), a project of the North Carolina Community College System and managed by CORD, is dedicated to providing a spectrum of effective, easily accessible, and cost-efficient professional development resources for community college faculty across North Carolina. A statewide infrastructure enables members to share resources and avoid duplication of effort, thus improving institutional efficiency and effectiveness. NC-NET is home to faculty-developed teaching and learning modules, online professional development courses, a toolkit for teaching employability skills, and a host of other resources. Learn more...
Western Wisconsin Math-Science Partnership Initiative
CORD served as a professional development partner and project advisor for the Western Wisconsin STEM Consortia’s Mathematics-Science Partnership (MSP) grant funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The Consortia’s project concept was based on CORD’s STEM Transitions model. Faculty members in grade-band teams partnered to create contextual, standards-based curriculum materials that can be used by any teacher. CORD provided professional development, curriculum design support, and technical assistance to more than sixty faculty members spanning grade levels from Pre-K through high school CTE.
Illinois Programs of Study Professional Development Project
The Illinois Community College Board partnered with CORD to assess and make recommendations regarding the professional development needed to implement programs of study across the state. Project activities included convening a technical work group, inventorying existing professional development offerings, creating and administering a survey to secondary and postsecondary educators across the state, conducting focus groups with various stakeholder groups, interpreting survey results, and making recommendations for the improvement of statewide professional development to support programs of study implementation.
Cultivating Gender Equity in Emerging Technologies
Taking a multi-faceted approach to encouraging high school girls to pursue careers in cutting-edge technologies, this National Science Foundation project worked to dispel myths about girls’ abilities in science and technology, ultimately increasing the participation of young women in emerging technological fields. CORD created mentor program coordinator workshops, an online toolkit, and web-based professional development courses to foster gender equity in STEM programs. Learn more...
AT&T Academy for Community College Professional Development
In this initiative funded by the AT&T Foundation, CORD developed online facilitator-led courses for faculty at 10 community colleges in Texas, ranging from small rural institutions to large urban systems. The goal was to offer much-needed professional development that was both effective and convenient for busy faculty members continuously faced with new demands on their time. The Academy courses allowed participants to experience the peer support that only an online learning community can provide, and to share experiences with colleagues who they likely would not have had the opportunity to collaborate with because of the vast distances between their institutions. Upon completion of the courses, faculty members had the opportunity to continue networking in discussion forums for the continual sharing of best practices.