Chapel Hill Collegiate with IAE and TJC has launched its second cohort for 2016. Chapel Hill is the first East Texas high school with an Early College program. Students graduate with a high school diploma and a degree from Tyler Junior College. IAE’s education innovators Al Ippolito and Dr. Robert Stevens specifically designed instruction utilizing the 4C’s, and students applied 4C concepts to solve a murder mystery.
Cengage Learning Australia, publisher of high school textbooks, is currently preparing a drama text for press called Centre Stage, 3rd Edition. The author of the book, Matthew Clauson, has received permission to reproduce IAE’s 4C's Tetrahedron, which was conceived and designed by Don Bristow of IAE, representing the 4C’s of fundamental skills for students in the book. The print run will be 50,000 textbooks for worldwide distribution in all languages and both print and electronic media.
Dr. Doug Clark and Al Ippolito participated in the 23rd Annual Texas Quest for Excellence Conference held June 26th-28th at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The session marked the 52rd State Award Recipient of which 19 national recipients are from the State of Texas. Quest is the official forum for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence recipients to share their exceptional performance management practices. Dr. Clark was presented with the 2016 Pioneer Level, Quality Texas Foundation Award for the School of Professional and Technical Program for Tyler Junior College. QTP utilizes The National Baldrige Excellence Framework that empowers organizations to reach their goals, improve results and become more competitive.
On June 16th 2016, Douglas Clark, Jon Arriola and Al Ippolito presented The Volunteer Mentor Success Program at The Northeast College Consortium of Colleges and Universities. This presentation reviewed the steps taken to develop TJC’s VMSP, the learning tools available to the mentors and mentees and how strengthened relationships between mentor and student improve retention and completion. The 2016 Summer Distance Learning Conference was hosted by Tyler Junior College at the Rogers Nursing and Health Science Center.
Dr. Robert Stevens was a finalist for the Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan Leadership in Education Award for the Texas State Historical Association. All history teachers in the Texas K-university are eligible for this award. The nomination was made by Dr. Colleen Swain, Director, School of Education at UT Tyler.
Alfonso Ippolito, Director of Innovation Advances Education (IAE), was interviewed on Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Professor Robert L. Stevens, School of Education at the University of Texas at Tyler for his on-line course EDUC 5370: History and Philosophical Foundations of Education.
The Search for Excellence, Stevens poses the following question - No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Will it make a difference in student achievement? In the 45 minute interview, The 4C’s: A New Model for Improving Student Achievement, Ippolito describes the educational model he has been introducing to area schools in East Texas, notable his work with the Chapel Hill ISD Early College High School program.
Al Ippolito and Dr. Robert Stevens spoke at the 2015 NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. Their presentation "An Early College High School Program: A Pilot Study" was given on Monday, May 25, at the Austin Convention Center. They reported on the results of the first ECHS program in East Texas at Chapel Hill High School.
Dr. Robert Stevens has received the 2014 "Best Book Award for Civil War Historical Fiction" from the Texas Association of Authors. He was honored for the novel titled, "Master Robert." The award recognizes exemplary fiction for young adults.
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IAE Director Al Ippolito and Dr. Robert Stevens submitted their whitepaper "Limits of Education" for publication in the National Social Science Journal. The whitepaper was selected for the April, 2014, National Social Science and Technology Conference.