Congratulations to the 2022 Innovation of the Year Award Winners

Friday, August 12, 2022

Congratulations to Ella Raynor, instructional lab supervisor, and Doug Kern, professor, English, whose professional development course has been selected as Valencia College’s 2022 Innovation of the Year Award winner.

Colleges, especially faculty, constantly communicate to students standards and expectations for communication. Given this important, often invisible phenomenon, two writing experts — Doug and Ella — took the initiative to develop programming that supports faculty and staff.

Via conversation sessions and a four-week professional development course, Doug and Ella have taught participants about the links between language and identity and guided them in exploring their own linguistic identities and myths regarding standard written English and code-meshing. They stress the importance of rejecting deficit-model thinking and illusions of “incorrect” language, helping students to make purposeful authorial choices.

Doug and Ella’s efforts are informed by and reflect their deep investment in multilingualism, their dedication to students coming to Valencia from diverse backgrounds and their interest in supporting other teachers and staff as they too work to identify the best ways to teach.

The Innovation of the Year Award by the League for Innovation in the Community College highlights outstanding innovations in community college education through its Innovation of the Year competition. The program is designed to recognize faculty, staff and administrators at member colleges who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies and activities that improve the institution’s ability to serve students and the community.

Winners, chosen internally by each college, will receive an honorary “Innovation of the Year” certificate from the League and have the opportunity to present their winning innovations at the 2023 Innovations Conference. One winner or winning team will be accepted for each college or district.

Congratulate the winners below.


  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congratulations Ella!!

    PMTue, 16 Aug 2022 15:47:21 +0000Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:47:21 +0000pm22,3:47 pm

  • Theresa K. said:

    Congratulations, Ella and Doug, on this well-deserved recognition!

    PMTue, 16 Aug 2022 15:58:35 +0000Tue, 16 Aug 2022 15:58:35 +0000pm22,3:58 pm

  • Aida said:

    CONGRATULATIONS on your recognition Ella and Doug!!! Well deserved!!! Both of you have shared so much information on this important topic.
    There was mention of a course but the author of the article neglected to mention it. Please share with us the name of the course so we can sign up for it.

    PMTue, 16 Aug 2022 17:43:21 +0000Tue, 16 Aug 2022 17:43:21 +0000pm22,5:43 pm

  • Ellen Costello said:

    Congratulations! Well-deserved indeed!

    PMTue, 16 Aug 2022 18:53:28 +0000Tue, 16 Aug 2022 18:53:28 +0000pm22,6:53 pm

  • Marie Vasquez-Brooks said:

    Congratulations to our fantastic 'language gurus' ! This is well deserved and know how important your work and research has been!

    PMTue, 16 Aug 2022 19:07:10 +0000Tue, 16 Aug 2022 19:07:10 +0000pm22,7:07 pm

  • Edie Gaythwaite said:

    Congratulations Ella and Doug on this recognition and for sharing your passion for language and the student!

    AMWed, 17 Aug 2022 06:56:36 +0000Wed, 17 Aug 2022 06:56:36 +0000am22,6:56 am

  • Mike Bosley said:

    Congratulations Ella and Doug, thank you for your contributions! Ella the Lake Nona Campus team is so proud of you!

    AMWed, 17 Aug 2022 07:00:07 +0000Wed, 17 Aug 2022 07:00:07 +0000am22,7:00 am

  • Regina Seguin said:

    Congratulations, Ella and Doug!

    AMWed, 17 Aug 2022 08:38:51 +0000Wed, 17 Aug 2022 08:38:51 +0000am22,8:38 am

  • Melonie Sexton said:

    Amazing work, Ella and Doug!! This is a well-deserved recognition.

    PMWed, 17 Aug 2022 13:55:34 +0000Wed, 17 Aug 2022 13:55:34 +0000pm22,1:55 pm

  • April Montallana said:

    Kudos and well-deserved congratulations! I was fortunate enough to have taken this professional development course with these two leaders. It was very enriching and mind-expanding. Thank you!!!

    PMWed, 17 Aug 2022 14:47:29 +0000Wed, 17 Aug 2022 14:47:29 +0000pm22,2:47 pm

  • Carrie Black said:

    Congratulations Ella!! Much deserved!

    PMFri, 19 Aug 2022 12:24:45 +0000Fri, 19 Aug 2022 12:24:45 +0000pm22,12:24 pm

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