Archive of Past Events

Browse through the highlights of past Professional Development workshops and events and access the accompanying materials.

Past Event Highlights

Spring 2018 PD Day

Keynote Speaker: Laura Rendon

Keynote speaker Dr. Laura Rendón shared some expert advice about how we can better meet the needs of our underserved populations. Dr. Rendón is nationally recognized as an education theorist, activist and researcher who specializes in college preparation, persistence, and graduation of low-income, first-generation students. Come to this session to be inspired and reminded about the crucial role each of us plays in student success.

First Break-out Sessions
Validation Theory follow-up

This workshop introduced you to all you need to know to integrate Community Service Learning as part of your course. We started with the conceptual level of how to integrate the work deeply into your course objectives, and then went into ideas for assignments, and the nuts and bolts of developing partnerships that will work for your class.

Host Online Office Hours That Your Students Look Forward to Attending

Do you struggle to get students to attend your online office hours? Come to our workshop to learn some great tips for boosting attendance and increasing engagement during your online office hours. We will show you how to make the office hour more compelling, whether you’re meeting with a group of students or offering one-on-one appointments. We’ll also do a brief demo of Canvas tools you might consider using to host your online meetings.

Second Break-out Sessions
Teach Information Literacy in Canvas

Do you wish your students cited better sources than Wikipedia? Did you know that may GE classes are expected to teach information literacy? Would you like to help your students recognize fake news when they see it? Attend this workshop to find out why and how to teach information literacy, and see a demonstration of Canvas information literacy modules created specifically for Foothill students and learn how to integrate them into your own course.

Mitigate Stereotype Threat and Create an Inclusive Environment in Your Work Area

Whether you work in an office or a classroom - or both - there are simple things you can do to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for our students and colleagues. Come learn about cues in our environment that make people feel welcome or unwelcome, and get ideas for changes you might make in your own work space.

Work-based Education

In this workshop Robert discussed work-based education with an emphasis on learning in the workplace, including tours of business and industry, guest speakers and industry symposia, and internships. Integrating work-based learning into traditional education enhances student learning and career preparation. This session provided an overview of work-based education, some examples of effective strategies, and how work-based education fits into and builds on internships and Cooperative Work Experience (CWE). We also gave an overview of Foothill's virtual career portal, and how students can participate in finding jobs, internships, and work-experience.

Winter 2018 PD Day

Workshop 1: Getting started with Service Learning

This workshop introduced you to all you need to know to integrate Community Service Learning as part of your course. We started with the conceptual level of how to integrate the work deeply into your course objectives, and then to ideas about assignments, and the nuts and bolts of developing partnerships that will work for your class.

Workshop 2: Using your own videos to encourage student engagement

Fellow staff and faculty members discussed how they create and use their own videos to humanize the online experience and encourage students to become active participants at Foothill and in their online courses. Panelists shared how they create their videos, what technology they use, how hard or easy it was, and how students responded to the videos. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions during the workshop and to sign up for a mini-course in Canvas where they will learn how to create a video and have an opportunity to create their own video. Upon successful completion of the optional mini-course, they will receive one additional hour of PGA and a badge that they can share on their social media sites.

MakerSpace Tours

The KCI Underground MakerSpace was open for drop-ins to explore the process of Making. Regardless of the subject, there are many circular connections students and teachers can make using the MakerSpace. The KCI Underground MakerSpace is open to staff, faculty, students, and community members and we hope to build a community of makers at Foothill.

Fall 2017 PD Day

Workshop 1: Stereotype Threat in the Classroom

Participants reviewed and expanded upon Opening Day discussions with facilitator Avi Ben-Zeev exploring issues around stereotype threat in the classroom and how it can negatively impact student success.

Workshop 2: Creative Tools to Walk Equity as Classified Professionals

Lead by facilitators Adriana Garcia and Tony Santa Ana, participants identified practical ways to walk equity and self-reflect to measure their own equity practices, and celebrate the way classified professionals are currently walking equity.

Workshop 3: Leveraging VoiceThread to Increase Online Student Success

Facilitators Carolyn Brown, Hilary Gomes and Patricia Crespo-Martin shared how they use VoiceThread as a powerful tool to humanize their online classes and increase student success. Participants also heard from the student perspective and left with concrete next steps to explore using VoiceThread in their own classes.

2017 Spring: Peer-to-peer Faculty Exhange

What is the Exchange?
Faculty participated in groups of three. Within each triad, each participant:
  • Observed the other two members in the classroom
  • Met to have a guided conversation about course design, equity efforts, learning goals, assessments and teaching strategies.
  • Write a 4-page reflection on what they gained from the experience

Upon completion of the program, all participants received a certificate of completion, and full time faculty earned one unit of PGA.

2017 Spring PD Day: Navigating Political Discussions and Inspiring Student Activism

Download the PD Day flyer (pdf)

The purpose of this professional development event was to provide faculty and staff actionable information around addressing politics in the classroom and on campus and inspiring student activism. To address these issues several talks were presented on a wide range of topics, including:
  • The rise of American authoritarianism and its implications to democracy
  • What are the legal guidelines for faculty and staff around political speech in the classroom and on campus? And what are tips for faculty and staff to address politics in an appropriate way that fosters engagement from students of all political backgrounds?
  • How can faculty and staff be an ally and resource to undocumented students?
  • How can you inspire students to engage in political and civic activism?

2016 Fall PD Day: Work/Life Balance Workshop

Keynote speaker, Jeremy Adam Smith, editor at Greater Good The Science of a Meaningful Life, shared personal stories and practical tips about balancing life responsibilities with work obligations. Author of "The Daddy Shift" and co-editor of "The Compassionate Instinct", Jeremy addressed a diverse range of topics from the cultural shift of stay-at-home-dads to living a compassionate and ethical life in 2016.

Beth Rieken (Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford) discussed mindfulness in the workplace.

Breakout Sessions
  • Kevin and Jeff Anderson (math faculty) shared communting alternatives.
  • The life-work balance panel featured your Foothill College colleagues (Shawna Aced, Karen Erickson, Patrick Morriss, Nicolae Muntean, Teresa Ong, and Bill Ziegenhorn) who shared their ideal balance of life (personal interests and obligations) and work responsibilities and how they achieve that balance and manage the challenges.

Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy seeks to foster the highest standards of teaching and learning scholarship and to encourage the development of institutional cultures and environments that are learning-centered, technologically advanced, and culturally responsive.
Participants:
  • Explore and test methods of teaching and learning
  • Facilitate the design of new classroom approaches to student success
  • Increase knowledge and skills in a variety of new learning technologies
  • Contribute to an ongoing dialogue about pedagogy, curriculum, and equity

The program will begin in summer 2016 with an intensive two-week training session.

Foothill College's Student Equity Workgroup: May 26- 27, 2016

"Beyond Diversity"

Beyond Diversity was a powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar designed to help faculty, students, staff, and administrators understand the impact of race on student learning and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing academic achievement disparities.

May 26 & 27
Thursday & Friday
2 Days
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Professional Development Day(s) Winter 2016

"High Impact Teaching Practices"
L. Dee Fink, author of the book "Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses" hosted a keynote and interactive workshop on how to insert high impact teaching practices into course design.

His workshop (a) expanded participants’ vision of the kinds of learning that are possible and (b) walked participants through a process of designing courses for Significant Learning, i.e., learning that truly makes a difference in the way students think, act and feel after college.

Reflective Writing Challenge: 7 x 9 x 25

The challenge concluded at the end of Winter quarter 2016. The Professional Development Committee invites you to read 25 faculty and staff blogs about teaching, learning, and student success. These blogs have 7 pieces of writing, over the span of 9 weeks with 25 sentences.

Professional Development Day(s) Winter 2016

"Who We Are Influences Our Work"

We all function at three levels at the same time: the personal, the interpersonal, and the organizational. Because we want to believe that we treat everyone “the same,” we tell ourselves that we leave our thoughts and biases at home, yet they show up in our behaviors, our decisions, and our interactions every day. In this session we will explore the importance of being conscious of the attitudes we hold and the impact they have on our behaviors so that we are able to provide the best service possible to all of our students.

Presenter: Dr. Frances Kendall

"Professional Practice Exchange"

Faculty and staff who have recently completed a Professional Development Leave, as well as some who have recently facilitated professional development opportunities for our campus, shared their experiences and what they learned.

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 - Winter 2015

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 Davis - View video(1:02:08)
Last Updated May 02, 2018
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