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I’m pleased to welcome you to the the TALE Blog – Teaching-and-Learning Experiences at Kern CCD, where I’m hoping that our faculty and staff will share their tips on the future of teaching and learning. I want to thank Bob Simpkins, the Academic Senate president of Porterville College, for partnering with me in creating this forum.

– Sonya Christian, Kern CCD Chancellor

Sonya Christian
Bob Simpkins

About the TALE Blog

The Teaching-and-Learning Experiences (TALE) blog provides a virtual space for faculty, instructional support staff, former faculty, and others within KCCD to contribute original blog posts that describe their insights and ideas rooted in their experiences in the classroom or working with our students, their implications for ensuring that learning occurs with intentional outcomes, and their relationship to faculty engagement and innovation, and student success. 

The purpose of the blog is to facilitate communication across the district to achieve a greater sense of unity, learn from and about each other, and support each other in our work toward our mission of achieving student success with equity through this collective effort and repository of experiences.

Under the framework of Guided Pathways, Pillar 4 is to ‘ensure learning is happening with intentional outcomes’.  This blog will provide a way to support reflecting upon this concept that is available to everyone in the Kern Community College District and is not restricted by the limitations of time and place.  Regardless of your schedule, the blog will be here as a repository of your collective experiences and reflections.  And the more you share, the more effective it will be!

Recent Posts

  • Room to Fail

    By Robert Alan Simpkins My first job as a community college instructor came about in an unplanned manner due to a combination of three factors: 1) an unexpected need arose at a nearby college; 2) I met the CCCCO minimum qualifications for the position; 3) a faculty member at the college knew me from graduate… Continue Reading →

  • Having Each Other’s Back

    By Ana Ceballos I recall at a very early age having to take care of my father and support my mother.  I began to work at the young age of 11 helping my parents pick the bountiful fruits of the Central Valley.  And at the age of 15 I started to clean tables as a… Continue Reading →

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