Karen Cowden, professor of reading on West Campus, has recently received certification as a “Developmental Education Specialist” from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators. Karen was one of the educators selected from across the United States to participate in the Kellogg Institute and its certification process during the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Kellogg Institute, now in its 34th year, offers a unique, month-long living/learning experience for the training and certification of educational professionals who work with academically underprepared students on college campuses. Each year, 45 individuals participate in a summer training program, followed by a semester’s practicum in which participants implement new techniques on their home campuses.
Karen was awarded certification as a result of her participation in a comprehensive learning module that was implemented on West Campus to connect the new world of e-texts, online reading and standards of information literacy with developmental reading students.
This project titled, “Informational Literacy to Build Relational, Career, and College Success for Developmental Students at Valencia College,” was born out of Karen’s residency at the Kellogg Institute.
Her project, in collaboration with Librarian Beth King, targeted developmental reading students and their ability to navigate and evaluate electronic sources. Deemed “exemplary” by the Kellogg Institute, Karen’s practicum deepens Valencia’s awareness about students’ success level with information literacy.
The “Developmental Education Specialist” certification is awarded through the Kellogg Institute, in conjunction with Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.