Flex Day

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Each semester, the Professional Development Committee organizes and implements Flex Day, a day of activities related to "staff, student, and instructional improvement" (Title 5, section 55720).

Spring 2020 Flex Day Sign Up

Sessions have been sorted into four different strands.

  • Building Connections & Community
  • Collaborating for Student Success
  • Innovations in Teaching & Learning
  • Know Your Campus

You must sign in to receive credit for all flex sessions

Most sessions are scheduled for one hour, 15 minutes with a fifteen-minute passing period.

**Indicates a session is more than one hour, 15 minutes

Continental breakfast in OAB 251 beginning at 7:30am (available until 10:30am)

Breakfast provided by the Office of Instruction

Spring 2020 Flex Day on January 10, 2020

FCC Rams Down Barriers to Equity:  A Student Panel

Kristen Norton, English

Strand: Collaborating for Student Success

A student panel composed of English 1A students will be discussing the results of their research into equity in higher education. Whereas much equity research has been done on students, this research was conducted by students, allowing them to take an active role in interpreting how the results are reflected in their own experience. This research was grounded in a set of self-selected identities as members of historically marginalized or underrepresented student populations. In this panel, they will be speaking on how their personal identities intersect with topics, such as local data showing educational equity gaps, the range of barriers minoritized students face in educational systems, and the campus support services they are using to help reduce inequities here at FCC. When considering what the research shows about how to best serve the diverse student population at FCC, student voices rarely enter the conversation as equal partners. The panel participants will include their evaluations of the student services they have used on campus and offer information as to how those services are working to mitigate the effects of the barriers they encounter and help move them toward success.

Human Trafficking and Campus Awareness                                                             

Linda Vang, Sociology; Central Valley Justice Coalition

Building Connections and Community

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and this is an important time to build our awareness of this growing problem. Human trafficking has become entrenched in our community, including college campuses. Organizations can assist our students, if they are at potential risk or are engaged in its activities. Presenters from the Central Valley Justice Coalition will offer ways to identify victims and perpetrators and identify what action can be taken to intervene and help reduce risks. Community resources, as well as how trafficking interacts with poverty, racism, and other multidimensional factors, will be explored.

Instructional Program Review Training

Kherstin Khan, Communication Arts

Collaborating for Student Success

This training is designed for writers of instructional program reviews. Topics will include: location of writing materials, explanation of data, and discussion of templates. As your areas write the program review, you should be analyzing the program's contribution to the college goals, data about students and student success, and past efforts to reach goals identified for your area. This training will cover instructional program reviews only. Occupational program reviews will be covered in the 9:30am session and Student Services’ program reviews will be covered in the 11:00am session.

LGBTQ Cultural Competence Training**

Arien Reed, DSP&S; Jerry Thurston, Communication Arts

**8:00am-10:45am

Strand: Collaborating for Student Success

This two-hour and 45-minute training offers information on the LGBTQ campus community with the immediate goal of increasing participants' cultural competency. The greater goal is to make Fresno City College a safe, welcoming environment for students and staff who are LGBTQ. Participants will learn basics on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as learning strategies for increasing competency and addressing homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia. Attendees will also learn about the FCC Safe Space Ally Program, a campus network of LGBTQ allies who have attended this training and who have agreed to act as allies to this community. All participants completing the full two hours will receive (1) a resources pamphlet for reference when an LGBTQ person seeks them out for help or information, and (2) those who also complete the FCC Ally Contract will receive the Safe Space Ally sticker to display at their office space visually identifying them as a trained LGBTQ ally.

OER: Another Piece of the Student Success Puzzle        

Sally Potter, EMLS/Linguistics

Collaborating for Student Success

Did you know the cost of textbooks has more than tripled the rate of inflation since 1977? At the same time, more and more of our students face homelessness and food insecurity. As instructors, there is something you can do. You can adopt Open Educational Resources to use in your classes and save your students from the burden of overpriced textbooks. In this session, we will talk about how OER contributes to improving student success. We will discuss how you, the content-area expert, can give back to your community while maintaining the highest standards of rigor and academic freedom. Bring your laptop, if you have one. Eliminating the cost of textbooks has been shown to increase student success. As faculty learn more about open and free materials, they are more likely to adopt them for use in their class.

The Part Time Faculty Contract:  Understanding Your Rights

Keith Ford, English/SCFT

Know Your Campus

How much do you really know about your rights under the SCFT contract? Join SCFT Local President Keith Ford as he takes us through a brief history of SCFT, your rights as a part time faculty member, class advancement, evaluations, office hours, and other common contract inquiries. Get all your questions answered!

Creating an Inclusive Class in an Exclusive World

Jeff Tannen, English

Innovations in Teaching & Learning

Exclusivity is ubiquitous. It’s inherent in our society, our world, and even the universe. So how can we create an inclusive experience within a vacuum of exclusivity? In this workshop, we will reflect on the challenges of inclusion and discuss strategies for selecting inclusive texts, creating inclusive assignments, and fostering an inclusive classroom environment. This workshop will encourage instructors to identify and analyze barriers in their classes that can exclude certain students or groups of students. Attendees will leave with an expanded awareness about how specific texts, topics, and assignments can exclude students, which may affect their interest, participation, and success.

Equity-Focused Interview Questions: Why We Should Utilize Them & How to Draft Them

Karla Kirk, African American Studies; Julianna D. Mosier, Human Resources; Ray Ramirez, Equity; Kerry Ybarra, Philosophy

Collaborating for Student Success

The session will include a brief presentation on the general theory, value, and practice of equity focused hiring questions, followed by small group hands-on practice in formulating and evaluating them. This session is highly recommended for faculty in the disciplines that will have full-time faculty openings in spring 2020. We will allow time for these groups to propose and workshop questions together for these hiring events. This session focuses on integrating high-impact hiring practices into the college's equity structures, to foster innovative student success outcomes.

Lean on Me:  How Full Time Faculty Can Support Their Part Time Colleagues

Keith Ford, English

Building Connections & Community

The goals of this session will be to highlight some of the various limitations under which our adjunct faculty operate and to illuminate how full timers can help alleviate these stressors. Part time faculty who feel supported, perform better and our students benefit. Come discover how full time faculty can support the part time faculty population at Fresno City College. By strengthening the bond between full and part time, we not only improve relationships between both groups, we also create an inclusive workspace where all feel welcomed.

Occupational Program Review Training  

Kherstin Khan, Communication Arts

Collaborating for Student Success

This training is designed for writers of occupational program reviews. Topics will include: location of writing materials, explanation of data, and discussion of templates. As your areas write the program review, you should be analyzing the program's contribution to the college goals, data about students and student success, and past efforts to reach goals identified for your area. This training will cover occupational program reviews only. Instructional program reviews will be covered in the 8:00am session and Student Services’ program reviews will be covered in the 11:00am session.

Supporting Students through Scholarships!

Melody Kruse, Writing and Reading Center; Josephine Llanos, Financial Aid & Scholarships

Collaborating for Student Success

Learn how to help students apply for scholarships and how to write personal statements. Join us for a session where you will learn about “single sign on,” receive information about scholarship committees, and learn how to participate in the process. Our team will provide information about scholarship opportunities and awards in correlation with the Writing and Reading Center visits. We want students to know more of this opportunity, so that they can receive assistance that will impact their education. We aim to create strategies and best practices for students' learning and success when it comes to applying for scholarships and writing personal statements. We will also have a fun Q&A with prizes.

Understanding the Benefits of STRS**

Bill Allen, Mathematics at Clovis Community College

**9:30am-12:15pm

Know Your Campus

As the retirement system will have a huge impact on your financial future, it is imperative you understand how the system works. Not knowing this information can have a drastic effect on your golden years. This workshop will explain how STRS functions, how to maximize your retirement potential and how to safeguard your benefits. This is a must-hear for all instructors, especially those new to the system, as well as those nearing retirement and trying to determine the optimum time to retire. Allen will also discuss the effect of STRS on Social Security and PERS benefits, for those who are eligible, either due to their eligibility or their spouses.

What’s New at the FCC Library?

Linda Kobashigawa, Library

Know Your Campus

Incorporating Library resources into course curricula helps students develop information literacy skills. The Library subscribes to dozens of electronic databases to help students and faculty locate, access, and use high-quality content in a variety of formats. We have new database subscriptions and trials beginning in January, including HeinOnline, NoodleTools, and more EBSCOhost databases! Librarians will provide brief demonstrations and lead a discussion about how faculty in the disciplines can incorporate these no-additional-cost resources into the curriculum. Librarians will also introduce EBSCO’s Faculty Select, a single portal for faculty to search, access, and request OER and DRM-free e-Textbooks.

Civil & Respectful Discourse in the Classroom

Nick Hernandez, Political Science; Mary Ann Valentino, Psychology

Innovations in Teaching & Learning

Faculty do more than facilitate content-specific learning. We facilitate social and cultural development to prepare students to thrive in a diverse world. Students from privileged and marginalized groups come together in our classrooms to create a unique dynamic that can lead to conflict, exclusion, and sustained oppression. This session will provide you with tools to facilitate difficult conversations to resolve conflict, support inclusion, and empower the oppressed. Student success is supported and enhanced by a safe and welcoming classroom environment. Students from marginalized groups are more successful when faculty communicate a belief that they belong in college, their lived experiences are valued, and an open dialogue is encouraged.

Improving Your Skillset to Help Student Wellness

Samuel Montano, Brandon Landry, Dee Masci, Ashley Navarro, and Kushminder Zenda, Psychological Services

Collaborating for Student Success

In this session, Psychological Services will provide information on identifying factors to assess student wellness and offer several different paths faculty can follow to ensure the student is able to access the on-campus services that will be most helpful to them. Faculty will also learn of the various outreach opportunities Psych Services offers to them and the ways departments can collaborate with Psych Services to support students.

Open and Free: A Panel Discussion on OER and ZTC

Jean Carroll and Sally Potter, EMLS/Linguistics; Wes McMichael, Humanities; David Yang, Mathematics       

Collaborating for Student Success

We know Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTCs) materials benefit students in a number of ways. But how do they affect instructors? Come to this panel of your colleagues discussing how they use OERs and ZTCs, what challenges they've encountered, and how open and free resources promote academic freedom. The panel includes instructors from disciplines across campus, including Math, EMLS, Humanities, and Linguistics. The price of textbooks has skyrocketed over the past few decades. The more instructors adopt OERs and ZTCs for their classes, the less of a burden these costs are for our students, resulting in higher retention and success rates. This panel discussion will focus on our esteemed colleagues' experiences with using open and free materials in their classes so participants can get a realistic picture of what they can expect when they choose to adopt OERs and ZTCs.

Student Services' Program Review Training

Kherstin Khan, Communication Arts

Collaborating for Student Success

This training is designed for writers of Student Services’ program reviews. Topics will include: location of writing materials, explanation of data, and discussion of templates. As your areas write the program review, you should be analyzing the program's contribution to the college goals, data about students and student success, and past efforts to reach goals identified for your area. This training will cover Student Services’ program reviews only. Instructional program reviews will be covered in the 8:00am session and occupational program reviews will be covered in the 9:30am session.

What Does it Mean to Be a Citizen?

Marisol Baca, English; Michael Takeda, Reading; Karla Kirk, African American Studies; Ray Ramirez, Equity              

Building Connections & Community

Acclaimed poet and artist Claudia Rankine will visit Fresno City College on February 13th, 2020 to celebrate her powerful book, Citizen. This is a collaborative event between FCC and the Fresno County Public Library for the latter’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programming. One hundred free copies of Citizen will be given away to participants. This will allow students, faculty, and staff to reckon with Rankine’s words to sustain the work of closing the equity gaps that tether us to an unjust reality. Group members will ideally utilize this heightened awareness in their public and private lives and be well-situated to embrace Rankine’s presentation in February. The hope is that through increased dialogue and reflection, participants will arrive at a stronger sense of our responsibility to one another in both the FCC and our larger communities.

Join us for lunch in the Cafeteria and browse the various posters presented by some of our college programs, your colleagues, and our students!

1.25 hours of flex credit will be given to faculty who sign in at lunch.

Lunch provided by President Goldsmith.

Dental Hygiene Student Posters

Stop by and see posters from our Dental Hygiene students in the Community Dental Health classes. Student worked in groups of three and researched a topic pertinent to community oral health. Findings were presented to dental hygiene, dental, and allied health professionals. Reviewed by their peers and faculty, the first, second, and third place winners were awarded dental hygiene instruments. The winners also have the opportunity to present their posters at the California Dental Hygienists’ Association Scientific Session in Anaheim in May 2020.

Allied Staff & Faculty Association

Our college has a long way to go to become equitable and inclusive to our students, but you can become an ally to your LGBTQ students any day. The Allied Staff & Faculty Association is a campus-wide support network for LGBTQ staff, faculty, students, and their allies. Our mission is to attempt to promote academic success and higher retention rates of LGBTQ students, as well as provide professional development for staff and faculty. We also strive to address issues of school climate/culture for the LGBTQ community on campus, and advise the Office of the President on such matters. Come learn what we are working on, what committees we have in operation, how we can assist you in your daily role as an ally to our students, and how you can get involved as an ally and advocate on our campus.

Disabled Students Programs and Services

Disability is but one aspect of diversity. The Disabled Students Programs and Services office was established in 1970 to provide services for students with disabilities. DSP&S determines reasonable academic adjustments and modifications at the college. Through an interactive process, we work individually with students to provide access to classes, programs, and activities.

International Student Program

The International Student Program provides services to students who are attending FCC on an F-1 student visa. We invite faculty & staff to come learn some fun facts about the international student population on FCC campus, meet and greet the International Student Program staff, and learn more about how they can help international students meet their academic goals in the classroom.

Tutorial Services

Working collaboratively to impact student success, Tutorial Services offers specialized tutoring in English (PASS), writing and reading across the disciplines, math, supplemental instruction-embedded tutoring (ETC), and comprehensive content tutoring across the curriculum. Stop by and discover how Tutorial Services supports student success through co-requisite support, group supplemental instruction sessions, walk-in tutoring, and holistic support for student equity and success.

eLumen Curriculum Training**

Diane de Freitas & Kelli O'Rourke, Curriculum Committee

**1:30pm-3:15pm

Know Your Campus

All faculty who need to submit curriculum for spring 2020 and who have not yet received training are strongly encouraged to attend this hands-on training for the curriculum module of eLumen. Faculty will receive directions on how to create new or how to modify existing curriculum.

FCC's eCampus and You!

Jodie Steeley and Jon Wilson, Distance Education; Student Support Services Faculty

Collaborating for Student Success

Come explore the status of FCC's online ecosystem. By working together, FCC has implemented badging, student & faculty orientations, professional development, a quality course design rubric, online counseling, online registration and enrollment, proctoring, tutoring, equity, library services, digital services and more. Not only can we offer quality, successful programs that students need, we can also offer flexible scheduling, allowing students to complete their academic goals in a shorter period of time. The Collaborative Cybersecurity program will serve as an example of faculty and student services working for student success not only across FCC but statewide.

Panel Discussion:  Supporting LGBTQIA Students

Mary Ann Valentino, Psychology; Allied Staff & Faculty Association

Collaborating for Student Success

Students from marginalized groups are more successful when faculty provide a safe and welcoming learning environment. Cultural humility is enriched by listening to the voices of people from marginalized groups with an open heart and a willingness to respond to their needs. Come listen to the voices of our LGBTQIA students tell us what we can do to create a safe and affirming classroom.

PASS-English Center: AB 705 through Our Lens

Jennifer Dorian, PASS

Collaborating for Student Success

As an academic support service in the area of English supplemental instruction and tutoring, the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)-English Support Center has been involved in and changed by the implementation of AB 705 and the English 1A- English 205 co-requisite. In the fall of 2019, PASS embedded a tutor in every English co-requisite in order to best support students during this change. During this session, we will identify and discuss the outcomes of AB 705 from the PASS-English Support Center perspective. Come learn about changes in PASS tutoring attendance, perceived student needs, reported student experiences, and tutor experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes Workshop**

Enrique Jauregui, Office of Instruction

**1:30pm-3:15pm

Collaborating for Student Success

This will be an opportunity for discipline faculty to discuss results and finalize their Student Learning Outcomes’ Course Level Assessment Reports. We will also discuss new information in the area of SLO assessment and answer any lingering questions like: “How often do I need to assess courses?” “Where can I find assessment reports?” “Where do the assessments go after completion?" “Who is my SLO division representative?" “How does assessment connect to Program Review?”

Targeting Grant Funds to Enrich Your Program

Cherylyn Crill-Hornsby & Scott Trippel, Grants & External Funding

Collaborating for Student Success

Grant funding provides a source for new educational ideas to be explored and refined. This session will provide a brief introduction to district, campus, and public resources available to those interested in pursuing grant funding for their programs. Interactive discussion will cover basic project outlines, how to find funds that are aligned with project goals, establishing a project team, confirming campus consent, creating grant development timelines and workflow, submission approvals, and application finalization. Each section will include information on both internal procedures/policies and where assistance is available in the process. We will not only explore where to find grants, but how to identify and connect with internal and external resources to ensure an application that leverages local resources and talents. There will be time for questions and answers and an opportunity to connect with grants staff members about your potential grant options.

Flex Proposal Submission

The deadline to submit proposals for spring 2020 Flex Day has passed.

The Professional Development Committee will review and score all proposals based on the criteria below. The committee will decide the springFlex calendar at its November 14 meeting.

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