Karen Cowden Earns ‘Developmental Education Specialist’ Certification

karen-270w-groveKaren 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.

faculty-insight-news-idKaren 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.


  • Beth Renn said:

    Congratulations Karen! Good work!

    AMFri, 30 Aug 2013 08:20:38 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:20:38 +0000am13,8:20 am

  • Gloria Hines said:

    Congratulations Karen, You are a so special to your students and the work you have done to encourage reading is a must for our students. All the hard work and creativity that you and Beth have done with this project will be used with many students in the future.This is a wonderful legacy for the college and you

    AMFri, 30 Aug 2013 09:34:15 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:34:15 +0000am13,9:34 am

  • Kim Long said:

    Great work Karen!!!

    AMFri, 30 Aug 2013 11:36:02 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:36:02 +0000am13,11:36 am

  • Karen M. said:

    Good for you, Karen, and Valencia!

    PMFri, 30 Aug 2013 13:15:57 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:15:57 +0000pm13,1:15 pm

  • Darlene said:

    Congratulations, Karen!

    "It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it."
    Vincent Lombardi

    PMSun, 01 Sep 2013 18:53:12 +0000Sun, 01 Sep 2013 18:53:12 +0000pm13,6:53 pm

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