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, January 24, 2020

Time Activity
8:30 AM – 8:55 AM Registration, BYOB/C (bring your own water bottle or coffee cup)
8:55 AM – 9:00 AM Metaphor theme (WVC is Helpful, Observant, Mindful, and Education-focused)
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Chancellor Davis
9:10 AM – 9:30 AM President Kashima’s Address – Welcoming our new College President
9:30 AM – 10:35 AM Keynote: Brad Phillips, President/CEO IEBC
“Student Success and Job Satisfaction: Increasing the Faculty and Staff Connection to Students”
10:35 AM – 11:35 AM Accreditation: Getting our HOME ready for guests
11:35 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch
  Learning Sessions (2 time-slots of 30 minutes with 10-minute passing period – Choose one for each session)
12:35 PM – 1:05 PM
  1. Accessibility: Making our courses feel like HOME for students
  2. Bringing home the sabbatical experience with Maryann Mills
  3. Bringing home the sabbatical experience with Ron Guzman
  4. Academic Senate brings home the plenary
  5. Questions and Answers with Brad Phillips
1:05 PM – 1:15 PM Passing Period
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
  1. Accessibility: Making our courses feel like HOME for students
  2. Bringing home the sabbatical experience with Mel Vaughn
  3. Bringing home the sabbatical experience with Michelle Geary
  4. Academic Senate brings home the plenary
  5. Questions and Answers with Brad Phillips
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Divison/Department Meetings


In this 2-day workshop, you will learn the basics of integrating coding into your curriculum to enhance critical thinking skills and provide a base level of app development knowledge with relevance to your industry of study. During this training, you will learn how to navigate the language of Swift and walk out with an app that you have created on your own. This will be all hands on with plenty of time for questions and guidance. This is a great opportunity to build an app to solve a teaching and learning problem, or think about how you can show students how to build their own app.

This workshop takes place on Tuesday, January 21 – Wednesday, January 22 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Cilker 120.

Eligible for FLEX

In this 1-day hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use the FREE apps and programs that Apple offers in your classroom. This interactive and fun workshop will show you how using technology can enhance learning and student engagement.

This workshop takes place on Thursday, January 23 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Cilker 120.

Eligible for FLEX

Sign Up for a Workshop


  • 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.

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 2019-2020, Legacy Travel funds (Fund 110820) must be exhausted before any other WVC funding is applied to your travel and conference plans.

  1. Inform your department chair of your conference leave proposal.
  2. Review the Conference Leave Application (CLA) and Scoring Rubric to ensure that your proposal meets the requirements and priorities established by the College.
  3. 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.
    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.
  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. Deans and Chairs 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. 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. Email the completed Conference Attendance Reimbursement Form (both signed by your Dean) to the Conference Leave Committee at: conference.leaveFREEWEST_VALLEY
  6. Submit the online Conference Leave Application (CLA). This link can be found at the bottom of these instructions.
  7. The Conference Leave Committee reviews applications once per week. You will receive quick notice of approval, disapproval, or request for additional information.
  8. 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. Exception: Legacy Travel funds (Fund 110820) must be exhausted before any other WVC funding is applied to your travel and conference plans.
  9. 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 3/4/20