Tips and Tools for Communication and Partnership Building

Concurrent Session 4

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Brief Abstract

Learn ways to build and organize communication processes that can be used in many professional scenarios. TAACCCT grantees will have an opportunity to share what communications processes are working and problem solve strategies for techniques that are not working.

 

Presenters

Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, www.merlot.org) and SkillsCommons (www.skillscommons.org) for the California State University, the Director for the Center for Usability for Design and Accessibility and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. At MERLOT and SkillsCommons, he directs the development and sustainability of the international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning and continues to development the US Department of Labor's open repository of educational resources for workforce development. Gerry's previous positions include Assistance Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, the Director of Faculty Development and Director of Strategy Planning at CSU, Long Beach.
Rick Lumadue, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager of SkillsCommons.org, California State University Office of the Chancellor. SkillsCommons.org is a project of the U.S. Department of Labor's Technical Assistance Adjustments for Community Colleges and Career Training (TAACCCT) and is the world's largest repository of Open Educational Resources for workforce training. Rick is responsible for managing and supporting the 256 TAACCCT Grant Projects, representing 700 Institutions nationally, in their implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor policies, strategies, and requirements for contributing their Open Educational Resources into the Skills Commons repository and achieving the grant requirements of the TAACCCT program.
Maria Fieth, M.A.2, RTC Maria currently serves as program manager responsible for communications and community building for CSU-MERLOT SkillsCommons. During the last 26 years, Maria has worked with businesses and PK-20 educators providing guidance for refining and sustaining healthy learning and working environments and building partnerships and community among stakeholders. Maria's background in federally funded project management provides a strong backdrop for national level accountability and performance. Her work has received honors for building exemplary educational settings and community partnerships from Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education and Auburn University among others. Maria holds a dual Master's degree in English and in Education, a Master's degree in Psychodynamics and certifications in Reality Therapy and from the National Institute for School Leadership. She has numerous certifications as national trainer for organizations such as Ruby Payne's Poverty Framework, Olweus Bullying Prevention, Discovery Communication Model, and Crucial Conversations. She and her husband, Andy, have three grown sons, a lovely daughter in-law, and one beautiful grandbaby.