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PD Corner—B.U.I.L.D. Series Kicks Off with Tyler Prante; January Activities Recap

The campus community is invited to the first B.U.I.L.D. Series lecture on Choice Architecture by LAVC Professor Tyler Prante on February 14.  Professional Development will also soon begin implementing the objectives of our Our Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) plan. To recap last month, Professional Development kicked off the new year with two Strengths Finders Inventory Trainings (one with the college leadership team and the other with classified staff) as well as held a successful Winter Tech Fest featuring presentations on a range of topics including Photoshop, Outlook, Canvas, Podcasting and more. Stay tuned for more activities this Spring!

PD Corner—B.U.I.L.D. Series Kicks Off with Tyler Prante; January Activities Recap

It has been a busy month for professional development. Our Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) plan has been submitted, and we will soon begin implementing the objectives developed in that plan. Those objectives are: 1) implement an integrated professional development program, 2) establish a structure and process for the professional development program, 3) establish an annual operating budget for the professional development center, and 4) develop, implement, and pilot campus professional development activities. We’re looking forward to moving forward!

Training with the Gallup Research program, Strengths Finders, kicked off with two groups in January.  Dr. Joe Darin, certified Strengths Finders coach, worked with the LAVC Leadership team on January 17, and he presented to 82 classified employees on January 18. Prior to the training, all participants took a Strengths Finders Inventory, which revealed their individual top five strengths. The presentations gave more information about each strength, and how we can use it to our best advantage in our work and personal lives. We plan to continue Strengths Finders on campus with future introductory sessions and sessions that look into strengths even deeper. 

Winter Tech Fest, held on January 28 & 29, was a big success. Over 60 employees attended the 13 sessions over the two days!  Presentations were made by faculty and classified staff including Photoshop, Outlook, Canvas, Podcasting and many other topics. Lots of good feedback was provided, and we are already making plans for a Summer Tech Fest. 

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the new B.U.I.L.D. Series kicks off on Thursday, February 14. Our own Tyler Prante will get things going with a lecture on Choice Architecture. This concept, about improving our decision making skills, connects with our own lives and also with Guided Pathways, and what we do here on campus. B.U.I.L.D. is a multi-media series including speakers, book groups, video screenings, and discussions. The book for this series is Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sustein. Copies are available for check out in the Professional Development Center (PDC) at Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200. 

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or by email or Sally Raskoff at (818) 947-7256 in the LAVC Professional Development Office, or stop by the PDC in LARC 200 or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page


Image: LAVC faculty member Jim Marteney (left) presents a "Using Rubrics in Canvas" workshop during Winter 2019 Tech Fest.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 2/1/2019 5:00:00 PM