A Program with a Purpose

The Professional Development program at Foothill is a top college priority. We are facing so many new challenges with technology, accreditation, Generation Z students, returning veterans and more, that we believe it is important to provide new "tools" and resources to support faculty and staff to effectively support student learning.

The program includes funds for conference travel and participation, a robust calendar of workshops and events, and numerous online training opportunities - all designed to support the continuous development of knowledge and skills for the Foothill campus community. Our programs are open to all FHDA district employees.

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Upcoming Events

Canvas Workshops in February

Attend workshops to learn how to use Canvas and how to migrate from Etudes to Canvas. The last time to use Etudes is Spring 2017!

Canvas Migration Workshop
Tuesday, February 28
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room 4008

ARTstor Workshop

Join Simon Pennington as he shows you how to use ARTstor to access high resolution images to use with your materials.
Thursday, February 18
1:00 to 2:00 pm

Reflective Writing Challenge: 7 x 9 x 25

The Reflective Writing Challenge is well under way. Make sure to read what everyone is posting!

Read the blogs

More Workshops

On Campus Workshops - Detailed information about upcoming on-campus workshops
Professional Development calendar - Browse and sign up for more events and workshops

Ongoing Events


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CCC Confer

Interested in learning CCC Confer? It is offered online in both live and recorded formats. Choose what is convenient for you.

Past Event Highlights

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)

Schedule or Request a Professional Development Event

If you know about any professional development opportunities that you want us to schedule and promote please fill out the Proposal for PD Event Form.
Last Updated February 23, 2017
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