A Program with a Purpose

The Professional Development program at Foothill is a top college priority. We are facing so many new challenges with technology, accreditation, Generation Z students, returning veterans and more, that we believe it is important to provide new "tools" and resources to support faculty and staff to effectively support student learning.

The program includes funds for conference travel and participation, a robust calendar of workshops and events, and numerous online training opportunities - all designed to support the continuous development of knowledge and skills for the Foothill campus community. Our programs are open to all FHDA district employees.


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~ Upcoming Events ~

Professional Development Day: Innovation

"Creating Rapport with Students" by Aaron Richmond, PhD
Friday, October 9
8:30 am - 1:20 pm

Professional Development Day: Student Success

"Pathways to Persistence: Student Success Takes a Campus; It Takes YOU" by Thomas Brown,
Thursday, October 22
9:00 am - 2:30 pm

More Workshops

On Campus Workshops - Detailed information about upcoming on-campus workshops
Professional Development calendar - Browse and sign up for more events and workshops

~ Ongoing Events ~

CCC Confer

Interested in learning CCC Confer over summer? It is offered online in both live and recorded formats. Choose what is convenient for you.

Past Event Highlights

Professional Development Day(s) Fall 2015

"Innovation: Creating Rapport with Students"
Presenter: Aaron Richmond, PhD
"Pathways to Persistence: Student Success Takes a Campus; It Takes YOU"
Presenter: Thomas Brown

Reflective Writing Challenge: 7 x 7 x 25

The Professional Development Committee invites you to read 29 faculty and staff blogs about teaching, learning, and student success beginning Week 2 of the 2015 Winter Quarter (January 12th). These blogs will have 7 pieces of writing, over the span of 7 weeks with 25 sentences.

Professional Development Day Winter 2015

"Student Retention"

Keynote speaker, Dr. Brenda Williams, shared her extensive experience in helping schools promote retention and articulated how efforts from everyone on campus, staff, administrators, faculty, are needed to improve retention.

Professional Development Day Fall 2014

"Authentic Assessment"

Several faculty members shared how they use authentic assessment in their classes and participants brainstormed and shared ideas on how they might shift their classes to incorporate authentic assessment.

  • Agenda - 2014 Fall PD Day Authentic Assessment (pdf)
  • Handout - Authentic Assessment Brainstorming (pdf)

Foothill College Opening Day 2014

Dr. Darla M. Cooper, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Research and Planning Group for the California Community Colleges (RP Group), delivered the keynote speech about the student achievement gap.

Video Recordings of Keynote and Workshops (YouTube)
  • Keynote at Foothill College Opening Day by Dr. Darla Cooper - View video (1:12:10)
  • Online Student Achievement Gaps: Challenges and Solutions Workshop by Judy Baker - View video (1:03:53)
  • Universal Design Workshop by Janet Weber, LeeAnn Emanuel, Jess Miller and Brenda DavisĀ - View video(1:02:08)

Schedule or Request a Professional Development Event

If you know about any professional development opportunities that you want us to schedule and promote please fill out the Proposal for PD Event Form.
Last Updated October 27, 2015
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