The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) organized a number of events to kick off the spring 2015 semester. On January 20-21, over 150 faculty, staff, and managers participated in a variety of activities designed for professional enrichment and growth.
Among the activities was a full-day Reading Apprenticeship workshop that brought together nearly 40 faculty from across disciplines. Reading Apprenticeship practices help faculty learn to contextualize instruction in their subject area in order to help students engage in meaningful discipline-specific reading and problem solving.
Adding to the opening day buzz was Skyline College President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, who in her “Spring 2015 Welcome & Opening Remarks,” highlighted several future projects and goals, as well as some recent Skyline College accomplishments, including the California Community College Board of Governors’ selection of Skyline College as one of 15 California Community Colleges initially approved to develop a baccalaureate degree program (respiratory therapy). Following Dr. Stroud’s spring welcome, faculty and staff attended a variety of workshops and engaged in collegial discussion during the Spring Skyline College Employee Lunch.
Thanks to the following presenters for graciously sharing their time and expertise: Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President, Skyline College (“Spring 2015 Welcome & Remarks”); Cynthia Hicks, Chabot College, and Sarah Sullivan, Mission College (“Introductory Reading Apprenticeship Workshop”); Leign Anne Shaw, Garry Nicol, and Serena Chu-Mraz, ESOL Skyline College (“Strategies for Supporting Nonnative English Speakers in College Classes”); Judy Lariviere, DRC Skyline College (“Practical Uses of the SmartPen for You and Your Students”); Jane Smithson, JD,
County of San Mateo Human Services Agency (“Mandated Reporter Training”): Paul Anjeski, Claremont EAP (“Conflict Resolution in the Workplace” and “Managing Multiple Priorities”). And, last but not least, thanks to the countless numbers of others who helped make our Flex/Professional Development Days a success: ASLT Division, Media Services, PacDining, Facilities, Skyline College Bookstore, President’s Office, VPI/VPSS Office, Skyline College Deans and managers, and everyone else who supported and/or participated in the events.
Article and Photos by Nina Floro