The El Paso Community College’s Teachership Academy, a 10-month professional development program for faculty, was named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2017 National Bellwether Award for planning, governance and finance.
(L-R) Dr. Jose Pacheco, Dr. Lydia Tena, Board member Dr. Carmen Graham, VP Steve Smith, and Rebecca Escamilla.
The Bellwether Awards are given to colleges with outstanding and innovative programs or practices.
“The college does a fantastic job supporting professional development programs,” Dr. Lydia Tena, EPCC Dean of Instructional Programs, said.
Tena said the Teachership Academy’s program, “Creating Our Own Master Teachers through a Two-Phase Cohort Experience Focusing on Teaching and Learning,” was selected as a finalist and on Jan. 29 through Jan. 31, EPCC and nine other colleges selected as finalists, gathered in Orlando, Florida to exhibit their programs in the hopes of being selected for the Bellwether Award.
However, Pensacola State College was selected for the award for their “Virtual Touring Program.”
Although, EPCC’s Teachership Academy program was not selected but they are no stranger to competition.
Back in 2013, the EPCC was a finalist for the Bellwether Award for its work with technology and teaching techniques in its Math Emporiums, according to a written press release.
Tena said that these recognitions bring light to the staff that bind the Teachership Academy’s programs together like glue.
“The people recognize the work our faculty are doing to set up this academy, which is a faculty steering committee,” she said.
The Teachership Academy was launched in 2008 and has grown since.
This year, 22 teachers are in line to join the 177 graduates from the program that have emerged from EPCC.
Tena said the academy supports students success by providing faculty tools.
Looking into the near future, the Teachership Academy hopes to introduce the “Action Research Journal,” a scholarly journal, to broaden the program beyond county lines.
The journal would allow other instructors that are interested in the program to be up to date with new teaching techniques.
Tena said anybody interested in the Teachership Academy can check out the virtual conferences and articles which can be found at http://www.epcc.edu/TeachershipAcademy/Pages/default.aspx.