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Fostering Opportunity in a Time of Uncertainty:  Taking the Digital Storytelling Internship Virtual

Fostering Opportunity in a Time of Uncertainty: Taking the Digital Storytelling Internship Virtual

By Matthew Decker, Assistant Professor of English and Co-Coordinator of the Digital Storytelling Internship, with Jamie Gillan, Associate Professor of English and Co-Coordinator of the Digital Storytelling Internship, Montgomery College For many Montgomery College community members, March 2020 was a stressful time. Faculty and students learned they would not be returning to their physical classrooms, and […]

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A Sense of Normalcy in a Difficult Time: A Renewed Spirit of Collaboration Provides Virtual Academic Support at Montgomery College

A Sense of Normalcy in a Difficult Time: A Renewed Spirit of Collaboration Provides Virtual Academic Support at Montgomery College

By Dr. Lucinda Grinnell, Acting Manager WRLC, Rockville , Tanya Camp, Manager WRLC, Takoma Park/Silver Spring , Dr. Elysse Meredith, Manager WRLC, Germantown , Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Professor of English, Rockville When COVID-19 forced a shift to emergency remote learning, our team of learning center managers utilized every second of those first couple of weeks to evaluate and […]

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Maintaining Global Perspective in an Ever-Closing World

Maintaining Global Perspective in an Ever-Closing World

By Gregory Malveaux, Collegewide Coordinator, Study Abroad; Professor of English, Montgomery College A Rude Awakening As college-wide coordinator of Montgomery College Study Abroad, I approached the spring 2020 semester with enthusiasm about the implementation of coming short term abroad programs (one to three weeks in length), including a program to Japan.  Despite reports of a […]

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Seen, Heard, and Empowered: Meeting student needs in our remote learning classrooms

Seen, Heard, and Empowered: Meeting student needs in our remote learning classrooms

By Professor Jennifer Lee, English, Rockville At the close of this difficult semester, as we all take a moment to breathe, recover, and look forward to another semester that begins in the remote classroom, we are all engaging in the work of learning or fine tuning our technological capabilities and reevaluating the merits of the […]

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Turning to Each Other: Reflections on Teaching and Collaborating during the Pandemic of 2020

Turning to Each Other: Reflections on Teaching and Collaborating during the Pandemic of 2020

By Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Professor of English, Montgomery College Continued and disruptive turbulence[1] in COVID-19’s path demands educational change in higher education.  This commentary reflects my vantage point experiencing educational change in three teaching situations: full-time teaching and faculty leadership at a community college; teaching one evening a week at the university level; and teaching […]

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Reflections on Being an Educator During a Pandemic: The Power and Importance of Stories

Reflections on Being an Educator During a Pandemic: The Power and Importance of Stories

By Emily Rosado, Professor of English, Montgomery College As a young college student in the 1990s, I was browsing through the clothing racks of Bloomingdale’s one day when I overheard a conversation between two employees who were roughly around my age. The mention of Jennifer Lopez perked my ears because at the time (and perhaps […]

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Becoming a Climate Leader

Becoming a Climate Leader

by Professor David Fallick The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) was a program for teachers (now called the Planet Stewards Education Project) designed to help teachers prepare students to respond to environmental challenges.  Its educational component for teachers included “webinars” on various climate and climate change topics and, less often, […]

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It’s Emotional: An English Teacher’s Journey In a New Classroom

It’s Emotional: An English Teacher’s Journey In a New Classroom

By Elizabeth Benton Elizabeth Benton serves as the English and Reading Department Chair at Montgomery College, Rockville.  Elizabeth has been a Montgomery College faculty member since 2004.  Elizabeth has been the English and Reading Department Chair since 2012.  Elizabeth teaches courses in English composition, grammar, distance learning, American literature, and ELITE professional development.  Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate at The George Washington University in the […]

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Engaging Quiet Students: Including Silence in Active Learning

Engaging Quiet Students: Including Silence in Active Learning

By Dr. Caroline F. Toscano Caroline Toscano is Professional Development Director at Montgomery College. Her doctorate is in Educational Psychology and MA is in TESOL from the University of Minnesota. Her academic interests include microaggressions, equity, diversity and inclusion, with a particular interest in invisible disabilities. I used to teach international graduate students at the University […]

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Fuel for Success: Montgomery College Forms a Partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank to Bring the Mobile Market Program to All Three Campuses

Fuel for Success: Montgomery College Forms a Partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank to Bring the Mobile Market Program to All Three Campuses

A Note from the Editors:  This article and video is the first of many we hope will highlight how Montgomery College faculty, staff, and administration are recognizing and responding to the impact of food insecurity and homelessness on student success.  Are you doing something in classroom, in your department or office, in your area of […]

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