The most rewarding aspect of my career has been centered around service to the community. I’d like to share three examples of service that best represent different aspects of my passion for teaching and learning.
Shawnee Hills Intensive English Program Camp
The best example of my engagement in the profession and my enthusiasm for teaching is in my foundation of the first Shawnee Hills IEP Camp (http://bit.ly/ShawneeIEP), an “unconference” for intensive English program faculty and staff in our five-state area. I was able to coordinate IEP partners, sponsors, and our department to offer this professional development opportunity for free and little cost to our program. We were able to solve problems and exchange ideas about learner success, technology integration, and department goals. This is just a small sample of my ability to efficiently and effectively form and lead partnerships for student success and program excellence.
TESOL Intercultural Communication Interest Section
I have been the community manager for TESOL International Association’s Intercultural Communication Interest Section (ICIS) since April 2016. Later that summer, I helped identify the needs of the ICIS and created a Facebook group. I also created two YouTube playlists based on the community’s email discussion thread on feature films and documentaries ICIS members use to help develop their students’ intercultural competence.
The Diversity Track at Kirkwood Community College’s Collaborative Learning Days
My commitment to diversity is most evident in my development of the Culturally Responsive Classroom initiative, a blended learning opportunity for professional development at Kirkwood Community College, where I was able to establish key partnerships with the English Department, Math & Science Department, International Programs, Media Productions, Academic Affairs, and community partners to accomplish our institutional and community goals. The video above, featuring our successful diversity track during the college’s annual collaborative learning days, is the best evidence of these partnerships.
American Film Showcase at the American Center in Samara, Russia
As part of my Senior English Language Fellowship, I collaborated with two American Fulbright recipients to offer the American Film Showcase to the public in the Russian city of Samara. Over 350 people attended with eight films shown for free with no registration fee. All films were shown in English with English subtitles for educational purposes. Each film began and ended with educational activities and discussions. For more details about my teaching and service as a Senior English Language Fellow, please visit my former professional website at https://sites.google.com/site/jdslagoski/home/employment/english-language-fellowship.