Professional Development TEACH Center

Faculty around table during training event

Overview

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 Week Sessions

Registration Instructions
  1. Log into the Vision Resource Center through the West Valley Portal.
  2. Click on the pop up to clear the welcome message.
  3. Go to “Learning” on the top bar and select “Workshop Calendar”. On the August calendar, will see the WV events for All College Week that are running from Monda, August 24 through Friday, August 28.
  4. Click on the link for an event to see more details about it. Click on the “Request” button if you wish to register for that session.

Vision Resource Tutorial

For assistance with technical issues with the VRC, please email max.gaultFREEWEST_VALLEY


All College Day

Friday, August 28

Time Activity
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM All College Day Whole Campus Session
This is the main All College Day morning session for West Valley College. Explore nonviolent communication strategies with Roxy Manning. Nonviolent communication is a process of interpersonal communication designed to improve compassionate connection to others.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Division Meetings
Most schools will have a division meeting at this time. Register on the VRC and you will be emailed your school specific Zoom link.
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM Department Meetings
Most departments will have a department meeting at this time. Register on the VRC and you will be emailed your department specific Zoom link.

Tips and Tricks for Online Teaching Tool

Monday, August 24

Monday, August 24, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

We will review brief tips and tricks for managing your class in Zoom as well as have time to answer any questions you have about the best use of Zoom for remote learning.

Monday, August 24, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

On Campus Facilities to Film your Classes: Improve the quality of your online classes by filming your classes on campus. Get an overview of the technology and learn the process to reserve a room and get real-time tech support.

Monday, August 24, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

We will review brief tips and tricks of managing your class in Canvas as well as have time to answer any questions you have as you are getting your course Canvas shells set up.

Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, August 25 – Thursday, August 27

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Building community with your class begins on Day 1. Join this interactive session to find interesting ways to engage students in community-building. This simple act improves retention and success.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Explore nonviolent communication strategies with Roxy Manning. Nonviolent communication is a process of interpersonal communication designed to improve compassionate connection to others

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Explore nonviolent communication strategies with Roxy Manning. Nonviolent communication is a process of interpersonal communication designed to improve compassionate connection to others.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

What are our Vision for Success goals? How can faculty use data to better support students and eliminate the equity gaps at West Valley? Come learn about the data have faculty have access to and share your ideas about what data would help you better support students.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

WV Equity: Canvasing for Greater Inclusion: Building an Anti-Racist Learning Environment Building an Anti-Racist Learning Environment: Exploring Unconscious Bias and Micro Aggressions This session will specifically address manifestations of race and racism in the academy. It specifically will explore ways to uncover and explore when unconscious bias is present. It will also offer tools for addressing and recovering from micro aggressions.

Guided Pathways: High Impact Practices to Eliminate the Equity Gap

Tuesday, August 25 – Thursday, August 27

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Explore Guided Pathways including why this work is critical to creating an equitable learning environment and how faculty can get involved.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We all want our students to be asking questions, using the tools of our discipline to investigate answers and sharing their learning. This process is, fundamentally, research. Teaching using research as a method is known to be a high-impact practice that increases retention, grows critical thinking, builds teamwork skills and serves the community. Research as teaching is becoming widespread in community college curricula nationwide in all disciplines. I'll share some of the fundamentals of how to embed research experiences in your existing courses while enhancing SLO achievement.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This introductory discussion of Service Learning will outline what Service Learning is, how other colleges use Service Learning, how West Valley faculty use Service Learning in their classrooms, and how Service Learning is a proven instructional strategy to eliminate the equity gap.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

What is Work Based Learning and how can you bring it to your classroom? Join us for this informative session that will help the 21st Century student make the connection between the learning in the classroom and the wealth of experiences in the work-world. This is a proven instructional method to eliminate the equity gap.

Orientations and Program Overviews

Wednesday, August 26

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Associate Faculty Orientation: Designed for new associate faculty but open to anyone who wants a refresher on important faculty processes and procedures (Self-service Banner, roster, timely census reporting, submit grades; Major contract overview; Processes for student conduct issues; guidelines to requirements of syllabi; overview of resources for students; Canvas and Zoom overviews)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Join the new Director of the School of Continuing Education (Noncredit) as we review the basics of noncredit, myths, differences between credit-bearing courses and the advantages of Noncredit courses for students and faculty. In this workshop we will also discuss the impact and critical role noncredit can play at West Valley by offering all students and adult learners opportunities to improve their job and academic skills, serve as a bridge to credit programs, and prepare them for short-term workforce opportunities.

Forms

  • 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

Resources

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.
Conference Leave Fund Application Instructions

In the approved WVMFT, AFT 6554 Contract for 2019, Article 35 establishes a fund for all full-time and associate faculty members to attend conferences, professional meetings, and other activities designed to improve the professional competencies of the members. The goal of the fund is to provide opportunities for West Valley College faculty to update teaching techniques/methods, gain innovative ideas, and obtain professional learning and growth in their subject area or area of service to the campus community.

For academic year 2020-2021, the Conference Leave Fund can apply to:

  • Class fees for projects associated with column advancement, PG&D, or sabbatical
  • Conferences (e.g. webinars, virtual trainings, classes, online workshops, etc.)
  • Professional meetings
  • Activities designed to improve the professional competencies of the members
  • Activities shall be pertinent to the educational objectives of the department and college

Activities shall be related to the specific professional area of the member; provide innovative ideas, update teaching techniques/ methods, and present new areas for growth in the faculty’s professional area; or other related professional activities.

  • Activities shall be pertinent to the educational objectives of the department and the college.
  • Activities shall not require the faculty member to be absent from scheduled duties more than 5 days during an academic year. An extension may be granted with approval of the appropriate college president.
  • As of the publication of this document, Assembly Bill 1887 prohibits travel to the following states as of this writing: Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. Please confirm this prior to applying if your conference is at one of the listed states.

Please review the Conference Leave Application (CLA) and Scoring Rubric (listed below) to ensure that your proposal meets the requirements and priorities established by the College.

  1. Review the Conference Leave Scoring Rubric to ensure that your proposal meets the requirements and priorities established by the College.
  2. Activities shall be related to the specific professional area of the member; provide innovative ideas, update teaching techniques/ methods, and present new areas for growth in the faculty’s professional area; or other related professional activities. They can also include virtual conferences and class fees for projects associated with column advancement, PG&D, or sabbatical.
    1. Activities shall be pertinent to the educational objectives of the department and the college.
    2. Activities shall not require the faculty member to be absent from scheduled duties more than 5 days during an academic year. An extension may be granted with approval of the appropriate college president.
    3. As of the publication of this document, Assembly Bill 1887 prohibits travel to the following states as of this writing: Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. Please confirm this prior to applying if your conference is at one of the listed states.
  3. Submit the online Conference Leave Application (CLA).
  4. Fill out the Part 1 of the Conference Attendance Reimbursement Form found on the district site. Be sure to set out a specific budget for the endeavor and follow all travel and conference district procedures. No online application (CLA) will be reviewed by the Conference Leave Committee without the Dean’s and Chair’s signatures. If legacy funds are being used to support your proposal, the account numbers and amount of funding MUST appear at the bottom of Part 1 of the form.
  5. Upload your Conference Attendance Reimbursement Form (CARF) to the Docusign site on the Portal. Please send an envelope for signature in the following order:
    1. Your Dean: Deans have the authority to request more information regarding your proposal and may deny your attendance (with written legitimate justification) before it reaches the Conference Leave Committee.
    2. Forward the completed and signed CARF to Conference Leave Committee at: conference.leaveFREEWEST_VALLEY
  6. The Conference Leave Committee reviews applications once per week. You will receive quick notice of approval, disapproval, or request for additional information
  7. If the Conference Leave committee does not fully fund your request, or denies funding, you may also seek other sources for your proposal through your Dean or Chair.
  8. Upon return, promptly submit all receipts and your Part 2 of the Conference Attendance Reimbursement Form to your Dean in your Division or School. As per District policy, reimbursement requests must be submitted within 45 CALENDAR days of the last day of official activities of the official event. Without exception, no reimbursement requests will be honored if submitted after this 45-day requirement has passed.

It may be possible to process a district check request for prepayment of lodging and/or registration expense, per the following guidelines.

  1. You must be 100% certain that your travel plans are final and confirmed. You will be responsible for retrieving or reimbursing the disbursed funds in the event that your travel plans change after pre-payment has been sent by the district.
  2. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the lodging property will, in fact, accept prepayment in the form of a district check, and to secure an official and formal lodging invoice/bill from the property. The applicant must also ensure that the per night charge does not exceed allowable guidelines. It is expected that if the travel takes place in California, the faculty member will submit an Occupancy Tax Waiver form to the hotel as they are traveling as an employee of the State of California.
  3. In the case of a requested pre-payment of registration, a formal registration form, along with an official registration bill or invoice must accompany the check request.
  4. The applicant is responsible for ensuring all prepayment request contain complete and official documentation, and also that the documentation and check request form are submitted to the appropriate budget administrator in a timely manner.
Last Updated 10/19/20