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Spring Program 2003

Funding Update ! Despite all the bad budget news, there is good news about Staff Development funding. There is still no new state funding (AB1725 funds) but Dr. Carlson has made the commitment to continue basic support for Staff Development with college funds as determined in Fall 2002. And, we still have some TTIP funds for technology training.

New Faculty Learning Community

This ongoing series provides an opportunity for new faculty to get together with each other and other members of the college community to discuss various facets of instruction and to share specific instructional techniques, such as Classroom Assessment, use of computer-based technologies, effective use of the textbook and others. It also provides an informal atmosphere to ask questions about all sorts of things at the college and to share different perspectives and ultimately to help shape instruction at the college.

Topics for Spring 2003 meetings include:

  • Helping the students and faculty make efficient use of the textbook- Dennis Chowenhill. This is an opportunity to explore the effectiveness of the reading done in your classroom and eventually to develop criteria for selecting reading material that meets specific instructional needs you have identified.
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) - This approach, developed by Patricia Cross and Thomas Angelo of UC Berkeley, utilizes quick techniques for getting feedback from your students. Feedback on CAT techniques tried by participants will be shared, those both successful and less so.
  • Reading/Writing Across the Curriculum - these two themes will pervade many of the sessions. We will be examining things that teachers can do to help students better read the textbook to master concepts and skills. The writing component will explore how non-graded informal writing assignments can be utilized to grasp basic ideas and constructs.
  • Collaboration with the Library - assuring that resources are in place for a new or existing course
  • What do the various Committees on campus do? (quick overview) and What is a professional review?
  • Why bother using computer-based technology? - Putting instructional goals first.

DATES for NEW FACULTY MEETINGS (11 total) Thursday afternoons 2-4 Library 107A/B

JAN 30 Introduction and Overview

FEB 6, 20, 27

MARCH 6, 20, 27

APRIL 3, 24

MAY 1, 15 - Summing Up

While these meetings are designed primarily for our new faculty members, we hope that the in-depth discussion of these concepts, some of which will thread through several sessions, will be of interest to others. This is the opportunity many have been waiting for to explore instructional techniques, get feedback from colleagues in a non-threatening, supportive atmosphere, and to get to know people from different disciplines .

College-Hour Forums (Watch for dates! )

Talking about Teaching: a peek into some of your colleagues' classrooms/disciplines

A Series of Forums to learn about creative teaching techniques of your colleagues, discuss why these ideas work and how you might adapt them for your class. These sessions, while exploring similar themes to those in the New Faculty Learning Community, will naturally be more cursory glances at them.

Things you've always wanted to know but didn't know whom to ask watch for dates!

Learning Communities -- types, latest info, how would our teaching culture adapt to nourish such a configuration

Grant-writing -- what's really involved, what grants are available this year

Curriculum -- how to develop, what's the process, difference between a minor revision & a new course

Student Services -- Identifying and addressing student needs

Check out the new Chabot Staff Development web page at /staffdevel

Staff Development

Committee Members


Carol Baumann ................... x6767

Irene Plunkett ..................... x6819

Kip Waldo ( on sabbatical Spring 2003 )


Arlene Deleon


Debbie Budd Wayne Nakano

Scott Hildreth Denise Noldon

Gail Johnson-Murphy Minta Peterson

Gloria Meads Greg Rees

Mary Mino Michelle Sherry

Rosie Mogle Judy Young

Office support:

Vacant ................................. x7066

Proposal Due Dates

Spring 2003


Jan 24

Feb 7, Feb 21

March 7, March 21

April 4, April 25

May 2, May 16

Staff Development meets the following week


Please apply well in advance of your conference or workshop – follow all steps:

1. Fill out a Proposal Form (LOCATED IN BUILDING 200)

2. Fill out a Conference Request form

(and an Out-Of-State Form if applicable)

3. Attach a COPY of your registration form (and any pertinent information)

4. HAVE YOUR SUPERVISOR SIGN ALL FORMS and return to Box 612 or Room 773 before the deadline date .

5. Within a couple of days following the committee's consideration, the Staff Development Coordinator will notify you of the status of your proposal.

6. Within 30 days of your conference, workshop, or event, submit a Conference Expense Claim form to the Staff Development Office, box 612 or room 773, in order to receive your reimbursement.

SD Forms are available in: Bldg. 200 – Front Desk Bldg 700 - Rm. 773


Advance payments require processing at the District; therefore, more time is needed to complete the approval process. The Business Office needs 3 WEEKS after committee approval in order to process the paperwork in a timely manner.

(Note: if Out-of-State, add an additional 2 weeks for a total of 5 weeks).

Here are the steps to follow:

1. Complete a Conference Proposal Form and a Conference Request Form, including all required signatures and attachments (as usual).

2. ALSO – attach a Disbursement Request Form with your packet. The language should read: “Request advance check for (registration fees, hotel, etc.)”. Be sure to have your supervisor's signature on this form.

3. Submit the entire packet to the Staff Development Office before the corresponding meeting that takes place AT LEAST 3 WEEKS BEFORE THE ADVANCE IS NEEDED .

4. Once approved by the Staff Development Committee, your packet will be sent on to the Business Office for the usual processing procedure.

Please note: Last minute requests will not be accepted

by the Business Services Office .

Do you have ideas for on-campus Staff Development activities?

We are always seeking input for activities that we can implement now, incorporate into Flex Day activities or implement in the future. Just because our funding situation is not very good, doesn't mean that we can't look to the future.

We can help publicize and organize (not fund) on-campus activities right now. Is there a forum you think we should organize that addresses issues that staff, faculty or administrators are confronting that we need to explore and discuss?

Let us hear from you – Send your suggestions to box 612 Or email one of the coordinators:

Or speak with any member of the committee.

Thank you.

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