January 2021

Dear TLC Section Members,

I hope this finds you doing well after what was certainly the most challenging semester on record! The TLC Section is committed to being a resource for you this year, as we all navigate the new modalities that we are teaching in.

I am very thankful for the presenters, editors, and other participants at this year’s TLC Midyear “Colloquium on the Science of Learning.” We so appreciate the time you took to provide us with your insights. The incredible team of Kim Church (Chair), Markus Ahrens, Julia Frink, Gail Hoover King, and Angela Spencer outdid themselves in the planning and delivery of a great virtual program. In addition, we could not have been successful without the tireless work of Stephanie Glaser and Jean Thompson at the AAA. Thank you to KPMG and the KPMG Foundation for their very generous support of this Colloquium.

The Colloquium was a perfect combination of research and teaching sessions. It was also a great place for networking, at a time when that is what we needed most! Some of the highlights of the Colloquium included:

  • A discussion forum on the book, “How to be an Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi. This session was sponsored by our new Diversity and Inclusion Committee, led by Tracie Miller-Nobles and Sandria Stephenson.
  • Sessions on backward design, active learning, and online teaching.
  • An academic writing workshop and a session on pain points in the publication process.
  • Editors panels from both practitioner and academic journals.

I appreciate all of the hard work of the TLC’s outstanding executive team including Cassy Budd, Past President; Bette Kozlowski (KPMG), VP Practice; Markus Ahrens, VP Academic; Cathy Scott, Treasurer; Tracie Miller-Nobles, Secretary; and Bambi Hora, Council Representative. I look forward to working with all of them this year.

I am very excited about the upcoming year-long TLC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conversation. Please join us for our first discussion on Thursday, January 29th.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other Board members if you have any questions or suggestions or want to get more involved in the TLC Section. We would not be successful without your participation in conferences, webinars, committee work, reviews of papers, facilitation of conference sessions and the many other things you do.

I wish everyone good health and happiness as we begin our new semesters.

Karen K. Osterheld
AAA TLC Section President, 2020-2021

Letter from the President

On October 28th-30th, we held our TLC Colloquium Midyear Meeting. After 18 months of teaching in a COVID environment, there was not a more important year for us to collaborate and share resources. We hosted a very successful live meeting in San Antonio, Texas, offering a limited virtual option. We had 84 members register for the Colloquium, including 31 members who chose to attend virtually.

The Colloquium featured a choice of teaching track and research track panel discussions, EdTalks, dialogue sessions, workshops and hands-on activities...

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