College in the Schools – Instructors
Central Lakes College (CLC) enjoys a rich collaboration between secondary and post-secondary educators to best support student success in the College in the High Schools (CIS) Program.. CIS Instructors can refer to the CIS High School Instructors Guide (pdf). for more information. Instructors interested in applying to teach in the CIS program should discuss their interest with their high school principal.
Credential Requirements to become a CIS Instructor: High School Instructors interested in teaching for the CIS Program should complete the CIS Instructor Application Form (pdf) and attach a Letter of Intent, Resume, and college transcripts. CLC Division Deans, in collaboration with Human Resources and CLC Faculty when necessary, will review each applicant’s materials and make a recommendation to approve, approve provisionally, or deny the applicant. Provisional approval means that a CIS Instructor is in progress toward meeting the requiements, and can provide proof of enrollment in a graduate course(s). Liberal Arts and Sciences instructors require a Master’s Degree in-field or a Master’s Degree with 18 credits in-field. In field graduate courses typically have a subject-specific prefix, such as CHEM, ENGL, BIOL or MATH, for example. Because transcripts don’t typically provide sufficient information to validate course acceptance, course descriptions and syllabi should be submitted as well. If you have any questions about appropriate graduate courses and/or programs to meet requirements, please contact Paul Preimesberger. Career & Technical Instructors require a mix of formal academic preparation and discipline-specific work experience in the technical field. The CIS High School Instructors Guide (pdf) provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a CIS Instructor.
Syllabi: CIS Instructors are required to maintain approved course syllabi at the beginning of each semester or year (depending on the duration of the course) that is in alignment with the equivalent CLC course syllabus.
Before the first day of school, CIS Instructors should submit the course syllabus to their assigned CIS Collaborator for their review and approval. A syllabus is submitted for each course, each year. The Collaborator will review the syllabus and if approved notify the CIS Instructor of the approval and then submits the syllabus to the CLC Academic Affairs office. If the syllabus is not approved, the Collaborator works with the CIS Instructor to make the necessary changes before submitting it to the CLC Academic Affairs office. Please review the CIS Syllabus Example (pdf) as a template for constructing your own syllabus.
CIS Course Descriptions
A list of courses from the CLC Academic catalog that are available to be offered to CIS students are listed here. Additional course information, including a topical outline, learning outcomes, and pre-requisites may be obtained on CLC’s Course Outline Page
Student Learning Assessment: The Central Lakes College Student Learning Assessment Program ensures that students are learning and being prepared sufficiently in their college curriculum. As a way of measuring student learning, the Student Learning Assessment Program measures student learning in the classroom and at the completion of their program of study. In addition to classroom tests and graded assignments, students may be required to complete projects, take an inventory, develop a portfolio, or take a comprehensive exam to measure mastery of the objectives in a course. Instructors review the student learning assessment results and determine if changes need to be made to the curriculum or the method of instruction. Changes that enhance the curriculum and learning environment directly relate to expected increases in student learning and are part of a continuous progress improvement model.
Professional Development: As a CIS instructor, your high school has agreed to support your professional development activities. In some schools support may be financial support for college courses taken in a CIS instructional field, while others provide release time to attend workshops or college courses. Regardless of your situation, a Professional Development Plan (pdf) is critical for your development as a CIS instructor.
Role of the Collaborator: CLC faculty serve as CIS Collaborators to provide on-going support to the high school instructors. The role of the CIS Collaborator is to assist with CIS Instructor credential reviews and professional development plans, provide ongoing support to CIS Instructors by leading discipline-specific professional development opportunities, making classroom observations, provide teaching resources, and communicating in multiple ways, ensure that the CIS course demonstrates the same content, learning, environment, assessment, and pedagogy as CLC college courses, maintain contact with CIS Instructors throughout the year, by phone, e-mail, or personal visits, as needed, to support their teaching of Central Lake College’s CIS course, and visit CIS Instructors in their classrooms a minimum of once during the term for a repeated course and a minimum of twice if it is a new CIS course and/or instructor. The CIS Classroom Observation Materials (pdf) is the form utilized for classroom evaluation.
Classroom Observation: CLC Collaborators regularly visit CIS classroom and provide feedback to the CIS Instructor. Visits are planned after the High School instructor completes the CIS Classroom pre-observation form (pdf)