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A native of the Bay Area, I was lured to UC Santa Cruz as an undergraduate once I heard that the trees were populated by poets. I thrived on studying literature as a reflection of certain historical periods, peppering my analysis of these literary works with the knowledge I acquired from my other coursework in the humanities and social sciences. Wanting to get involved with my college community, I participated in efforts to defend educational rights. I still believe that education is a right for all, not a privilege for the few. My efforts in this area resulted in being one of four recipients of the statewide Academic Senate's Regina Stanback-Stroud Award in Diversity in 2002. (That's right-- the award is named after Skyline College's President!)
At UCSC, tutoring individual students and facilitating writing workshops awoke the latent teacher in me. I entered the graduate program in English Composition at San Francisco State University, and for three years taught writing, reading, and study skills to undergraduates.
Fortunately I was hired full time at Skyline. Today my goals as a teacher remain much the same as they did when I was a graduate student. I am not interested so much in teaching you what to believe as to how to engage in your own process of inquiry, and of course, to write well. I believe that you can best learn by getting plenty of hands-on experience teaching and learning from others. As such, you're expected to take an active role in my classroom, collaborating with classmates, practicing critical thinking strategies, giving presentations, and/or engaging in stimulating discussions both in the class and through the computer.
When not teaching, you can find me completely absorbed with a book, hiking with my hubby and dog, playing my ukelele and singing, baking all things chocolate, and traveling.
- Certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle (Chair), 2005- present.
College Success Initiative, 2007- 2010.
Puente Program (Co-coordinator), 2003- 2007.
FIPSE-- Fund for Improving Post-Secondary Instruction (Participating faculty member in designing and implementing SFSU's Accelerated English Program at Skyline), 2001- 2004.
Title III (Faculty Development Coordinator), 1998-2003..
Wong, K., Clifford, S., & Alancraig, M. (October 2012). SLO Proficiency into Practice. Workshop facilitated at the Strengthening Student Success conference, Costa Mesa.
Wong, K., & Simon, Jenny. (October 2011). Creating Authentic and Sustainable SLO Assessments. Workshop facilitated at the Strengthening Student Success conference, Burlingame.
Wong, K., & Simon, Jenny. (October 2011). From Canoeing to Dragonboating: Moving from Course Level to GE Assessment Methods.Presentation given at the Strengthening Student Success conference, Burlingame.
Wong, K., & Thomas, Lloyd. (January 2009). "SLOs and Assessment: Instructional Programs." Presentation given at the Academic Senate Accreditation Institute, San Jose.
Wong, K., Squires, M., Illowsky, B., & Fulks, J. (October 2008). "Basic Skills Initiative." Presentation given at the California Community College Chief Instructional Officers' Conference, San Francisco.
Wong, K., Kawaguchi, L., Illowsky, B., Hasson, C., Ellis, W., & Alancraig, M. (April 2008). "(BSI+SLO+SEP) * ACCJC = SIM: Basic Skills Initiative + Student Learning OUtcomes + Student Equity Plans * Accreditation = Student Improvement Movement." Presentation given at the Academic Senate Spring Plenary, Millbrae.
Wong, K., Williams, G., Pacheco, B., & Caballero de Cordero, A. (January 2008). "SLO Beginners Work Session-- Going for a Test Drive: Designing Classroom and Program Assessments." Presentation given at the Academic Senate Accreditation Institute, Pasadena.
Wong, K. & Hasson, C. (November 2007). "A Framework for the SLO and Assessment Cycle." Presentation given at the Community College League of California conference, San Jose.
Wong, K., Vigo, A., & Lachmayr, L. (October 2007). "Assessing Developmental English." Presentation given at the Strengthening Student Success conference, San Jose. (October 2007
Wong, K., Roumbanis, C., & Hasson, C.(October 2007). "Developing a Student Learning Outcomes Process and Getting Buy-In. " Presentation given at the Strengthening Student Success conference, San Jose. (Oc
Wong, K., Turner, B., Schneider, T., & Miller, L. (October 2007). "Leadership Training for New Student Learning Outcomes Coordinators ." Presentation given at the Strengthening Student Success conference, San Jose. (Oc
Wong, K., & Hasson, C. (August, 2007). “Assessment: Chicken Soup for the Educator’s Soul.” Flex presentation given at Skyline College.
Wong, K., & Ambriz, N. (August, 2007). “Expectations of Learning: The Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Cycle.” Chabot College Convocation Workshop, Hayward, CA.
Wong, K. (February, 2007). “Assessing with Rubrics: In Search of the Ultimate Cookie.” Flex presentation given at Skyline College.
Wong, K., & Gracia, A. (February, 2007). "Writing the Personal Statement." Presentation given at the "Making the Connection" conference, Skyline College.
Wong, K., Pluta, K., Gratch-Lindauer, B., Burks, S., Alancraig, M., & Aguilar, A. (January, 2007). “Assessment Buffet: Models for Classroom, Program, and Learning Support Service Assessment.” Presentation given at the Academic Senate Accreditation Institute, San Francisco.
Wong, K. &
Zamani, S. (August, 2006). “Understanding the SLOAC Framework.”
Flex presentation given at Skyline College.
Flex presentation given at Skyline College.
Wong, K. & Escobar, J., (July, 2006). “Nurturing a Fruitful Partnership in Skyline College’s Puente Program.” Presentation given at the Puente Summer Institute, Berkeley.
Wong, K., Lindgren-Young, B., Erpelo, L., & Bell, R. (April, 2006). "Skyline College's Reading Program." Presentation given at the Northern California College Reading Association conference, Skyline College.
Wong, K., Valencia, B., & Guillen, B. (March, 2005). "Writing the Personal Statement." Presentation given at the Skyline Minority Student Alliance's "Making the Connection" conference, Skyline College.
Wong, K., Williams, D., Hough, G., Helton, J., & Bell, R. (October, 2001). "Color of Fear." Joint facilitation of a race relations workshop given at Skyline College
Wong, K. (February, 2002; October, 2000). "Creating Web Content to Enhance Learning." Workshop given at Canada College & San Francisco State University
Wong, K., Wong, J., & Peled, E. (March, 1997). "Dissolving Boundaries: Technology in the Basic Writing Classroom." Panel presentation given at the Conference on College Composition, Phoenix, Arizona
Wong, K., Thompson, E., & Peled, E. (April, 1995). "Critical Pedagogy: Theory into Practice." Panel presentation given at the Second Annual Forum in Composition Studies, San Francisco State University
Wong, K., Sommers, E., Stering, L., Larsen, J., & Diskin, B., (October, 1993). "Problem-Posing Education in the Writing Center." Panel presentation given at the Pacific Coast Writing Centers Association Conference, Chico State University
· "Skyline Shines" Award (Fall 2010): This award is designed to recognize individuals or groups who help Skyline to shine in terms of its quality of programs and services and its reputation for quality.
· Skyline College Academic Senate "Special Recognition Award" (2009-2010; 2006-2007; 2005- 2006)
· Academic Senate for California Community Colleges/ Research and Planning Group Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Collaborative's "SLO Coordinator of the Year" (2009-2010)
· Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2005-2006; 2004- 2005; 2003- 2004; 2001- 2002)
· Conference on Basic Writing Award for Innovation (2004): San Francisco State University, Skyline College, & Merritt College FIPSE Grant Partnership on "Literacy Unleashed - An Integrated Approach to Reading and Writing"
· Academic Senate for California Community Colleges "Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award" (2001- 2002)-This award recognizes four faculty members statewide in California community colleges who work to promote the success of the diverse student population they serve.
· Phi Theta Kappa Award in Teaching Excellence (Spring 2001)
· San Francisco State University Distinguished Graduate Student Award in English (Spring 1995)
· National Championship in Ultimate Frisbee (Spring 1995)
· UC Santa Cruz College Honors (Spring 1991)
· UC Santa Cruz Community Service Award (Spring 1991)