Archive of Past Events

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

Past Event Highlights

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.
  • 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 November 27, 2017
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