Professional Development TEACH Center

Faculty around table during training event


Housed in the library, the TEACH Center serves as West Valley College’s professional development hub and is dedicated to providing exceptional professional development for existing, new, and future West Valley College educators.

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Purpose of Professional Development

  1. Improve the student experience.
  2. Increase student success, retention and satisfaction.
  3. Provide the opportunity for continual quality improvement for faculty, staff, and administrators.

Desired Outcomes (as created by College Council 2015-2016)

  • A college-wide plan based on a comprehensive needs assessment that fosters a culture of professional development at the college.
  • A plan which will support the ongoing professional development needs for staff, faculty and administrators.
  • A plan which will align with the 2020 Master Plan goals, accreditation standards, the priorities/goals for the Student Equity Plan, the SSSP Plan, Basic Skills goals and the Title III grant.
Member Department
Cigdem Bulut Interior Design
Brad Chin Math
Whitney Clay Reading
Meg Farrell Communication Studies
Michelle Francis, Professional Development Committee Chair Reading
Cheryl Massa Chancellor's Office
Marta Mora-Evans CalWORKS
Susan Sherrill DESP
Michelle Zajac Communication Studies

All College Day: Friday, August 23, 2019

Time Activity
8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Registration, BYOB/C (bring your own water bottle or coffee cup)
8:50 AM – 9:15 AM Chancellor's Welcome and President's Address
9:15 AM – 9:25 AM Academic and Classified Senate Presidents’ Welcome
9:25 AM – 10:20 AM Accreditation is FUN (Foundational, Unifying, and Necessary)
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM High Impact Teaching Strategies for Student Success
20-minute stations followed by 10-minute passing periods- actual stamped passport- each group gets different color passport and they stick with their colors as they change stations. Everyone will go to all stations in the 3 hours.
  1. Regular an Substantive Interaction (Whitney Clay and Janis Kea) OR Equity Starts with your Syllabus (Rebecca Wong)
  2. DESP and Student Success (DESP Department)
  3. Culturally Responsive Teaching (Rebecca Cisneros)
  4. Academic Senate: A Vision for Success (Gretchen Ehlers and Cindi Reiss)
  5. OER and Student Success (Nils Michals and Jasmine Colon)
  6. Valuing Teaching: Why do we do what we do? (Provost)
12:30 PM – 1:10 PM Lunch
Come eat lunch and meet WVMFT's new executive director, Karen Chan. Karen is here to help us build more collective power and improve our teaching conditions. Let's welcome her to our district! Karen is eager to meet the faculty and hear about their concerns. Also during lunch, your union board members will be updating faculty on the summer negotiations and the status of the raise.
1:15 PM – 2:05 PM Repeat of Morning Sessions (start in the next place as indicated by your passport)
2:15 PM ‐ 4:15 PM Division/Department Meetings


Part-time Learning Night has been cancelled due to low enrollment. However, afternoon TALCs (Teaching And Learning Conversations) for part-time faculty will be offered. The President’s office will sponsor a bite to eat, and the TEACH Center will provide time to discuss topics related to teaching and learning. FLEX hours for each of these workshops:

  • Building Community in the Classroom: Wednesday, September 18 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Equity Is in Everything We Do: Tuesday, October 15 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Using Assessment to Inform Instruction: Monday, November 4 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Canvas sessions on Thursday have also been cancelled because they conflicted with Human Resource’s Accessibility workshops.


  • Credit Form for On-Campus Workshop (to be filled out by conference organizer)
  • Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPD)

See District Human Resources for the following forms:

  • Absence Form
  • Conference Attendance Request Form


Classified Senate

See Classified Senate Professional Development Opportunities

Tuition Scholarship Program

  1. The plan is open to all full-time employees of the WVMCCD.
  2. The plan allows for payment of up to $4000 annually per applicant in approved tuition costs.
  3. Only “tuition and fees” costs will be covered. No lab or studio fees, no book costs, no transportation or living expenses will be covered.
  4. The payment is made as the employee incurs the cost.
  5. If an employee makes less than a “B” in an approved course, the employee must repay the cost of tuition before being able to reapply for the program.
  6. Successful applications require educational plans leading to a certificate or degree from an accredited institution.
  7. Applicants with multi-year programs must reapply every year. (See: 6.a).
  8. All applications must be approved by EMT, who will examine the applications for completeness.
  9. Applications will be taken and decided on in a “first come, first served” basis; if multiple eligible applications arrive at the same time, then a lottery will be held to decide who will receive funds.
  10. If an applicant has a multi-year program and makes successful application, then his or her following applications will be noted for fulfillment as a matter of course, if application is made without a break (i.e., application made every year).
  11. The program will be administered by the WVMCCD Chancellor’s Office.
  12. First applications will be taken July 1, 2018. Subsequent applications will be taken in October and April of each year. Application can be made for two semesters (full academic year) in April.
Last Updated 9/24/19