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PD Corner—Get Ready for the Strength Finders Workshop for Classified Staff, TIA-Express, and TechFest!

LAVC Professional Development is excited to offer several professional development activities for faculty and staff this Winter! Classified staff are invited to learn how to use their personal strengths in work and life at the "Strength Finders Workshop on January 18 at 8:30 a.m.; lunch is provided for those who RSVP. The college leadership team are also participating in the "Strength Finders Workshop" on January 17. If any faculty and staff want to learn new ways to incorporate technology in their work at the Winter 2019 Tech Fest on January 28-29. Stay tuned for more exciting opportunities this Spring!

PD Corner—Get Ready for the Strength Finders Workshop for Classified Staff, TIA-Express, and TechFest!

The Professional Development department is putting the final touches on several projects and upcoming activities. 

Classified staff has the opportunity the participate in our Strengths Finders workshop on Friday, January 18 starting at 8:30 a.m. in Monarch Hall.  In order to participate, each person will need to have take the online Strengths Finders Inventory; check your campus email for instructions on how to log into the Inventory.  We will spend the morning with Dr. Joe Darin, who is a certified Strengths Finder trainer. Lunch will also be provided for those attending. It will be a great morning of learning and engaging with co-workers! Be sure to take the Inventory before the January 11th deadline, and join us! 

The Leadership team at LAVC will be going through Strengths Finders Leadership training on the afternoon of Thursday, January 17

The Teaching Innovations Academy has just launched an online training titled TIA-Express, The Art of Instruction.  It begins January 7th and runs through February 1st.  This online class includes training on pedagogical strategies, engaging students with technology, and course design.  A mini redesign project is required for flex credit.  This course will be facilitated by Sally Raskoff and Rebecca Stein.  You can register at

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming Tech Fest, January 28th and 29th.  The agenda for those two days will be coming out soon.  If you would like to join us for lunch during Tech Fest, be sure to RSVP to  We still have openings for lunch!

Looking ahead, we are excited about the launch of the B.U.I.L.D. Series in February.  The BUILD Series will feature a book group discussions, lectures, and related videos along with discussion.  All employees are invited to attend all of the sessions around our featured book, or you can pick and choose the ones you would like to attend.  We anticipate each BUILD Series will last about two months with different activities announced as we meet.  Our first book will be Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. . This book relates to both everyday life and our transition into Guided Pathways.  Join us for this first B.U.I.L.D. experience! 

Did you know that you can catch PD updates on Twitter?  We’re at @LAVCProfDev.  Watch for flyers, emails, and tweets for information regarding these upcoming professional development opportunities. 


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