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Northern Region CTE

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Tidewater Region CTE

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CTE Chairs and VCCS Director of Professional Development, Nan Ottenritter

From the left: Rick Dollieslager, Rosalyn King, Nan, Melba Taylor, Janet Laughlin, Patrick Tompkins, Juville Dario-Becker

What are the VCCS Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence about?

  • Regional colloquia for VCCS faculty
  • Instructional leadership
  • Inquiry, the VCCS/VCCA journal focused on teaching and learning
  • Mentoring programs to enhance teaching effectiveness
  • Clearinghouses for articles, monographs, and resources related to community college teaching and learning

RCTEs Mission Statement


Teaching Excellence
An article by Chancellor DuBois on Master teachers:

"The Hidden Characteristics of Effective Community College Teachers"

Reprinted with permission from:

Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 17:459-471, 1993.

Chancellor DuBois


"Launched: Regional Centers for Teaching Excellence" an article in the Spring 1998 journal Inquiry about the birth of the VCCS CTEs.


Fall 2006 RCTE Colloquia, Workshops, Events

Central RCTE:

Mid-Central RCTE:

  • "Teaching Metacognition in the Writing Classroom" A workshop presented by Victoria Brame.
    Sat. Oct 14, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., JSRCC, Parham Campus, Burnette 248. Box lunch provided.
    Participants will receive a copy of George Hillocks Jr.'s Teaching Writing as Reflective Practice. Dual Enrollment Faculty especially encouraged to attend. Registration required: notify ptompkins@jtcc.edu.
  • "New Angles on Learning and Success for Each and Every Student" A presentation of a Title III program developed at DCC. Virginia Association of Developmental Educators (VADE) regional mini-conference.
    Friday, November 3,  JTCC Nicholas Center, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration TBA.
  • "Teaching Students with Disabilities in the English Classroom" Presented by Dr. Bettyanne Harrison, JTCC. Dates and details TBA.

Northern Virginia RCTE:

Southwest RCTE:

  • "Strategies for Student Success" with Joni Webb Petschauer, Director of Freshman Learning Communities at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    Wednesday, August 16, Virginia Highlands C.C., 12:00-3:30. Lunch provided.
  • "Leadership Observed" with Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Son of famed U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers
    Wednesday, October 11, Goodloe Center, Mountain Empire C.C., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided.

Tidewater RCTE:


Archives index of recent past RCTE events and activities

Last updated 3 October 2006