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PD CORNER—MAY 2019 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

May is a busy month for everyone on campus, and this includes professional development! LAVC Professional Development (LAVC Prof Dev) is preparing to launch our new online professional development system called Cornerstone. An important component of the system is the Vision Resource Center, which includes Lynda.com and Skillsoft trainings and more; employees are encouraged to take advantage of this resource by creating an account with their college email address. In addition, Prof Dev is hosting Classified Appreciation Week starting the week of May 20; check your email for the latest info. Lastly, faculty are reminded that Flex Forms are due by June 5.

PD Corner—May 2019 Professional Development Update

The LAVC Professional Development Office (LAVC Prof Dev) is preparing for the launch of Cornerstone, which will be our new online Professional Development communication system. This program will launch, district-wide, in July. 

Cornerstone will be the place that professional development activities are announced, participants will RSVP through Cornerstone, and faculty will even record their flex hours within the program. Like any change, this transition will bring the opportunity to do some new learning. The LAVC Prof Dev will be offering multiple workshops to help everyone get on board with Cornerstone. Cornerstone will be key in streamlining all the professional development across campus into one place to keep everyone better informed. 

Although Cornerstone is not up and running until this summer, faculty and staff can begin using an important component of Cornerstone called the Vision Resource Center. You absolutely should check this out! It is an evolution of the Professional Learning Network, and still includes your favorites like Lynda.com and Skillsoft trainings, but with many more new and exciting features, including:

  • Connecting virtually with colleagues across the state to share resources and best practices
  • Creating a personal profile and photo to help build your network
  • Selecting topics that interest YOU for a curated list of content tailored to YOU
  • A statewide calendar of professional development activities
  • Track all of your professional learning online through your own transcript

Log into the Vision Resource Center webpage to create your account using your LAVC email address. You can also take a tour of the new Vision Resource Center today!

This year, Professional Development has also been working on an Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). The IEPI Steering Committee will host a third visit with our IEPI Partner Resource Team.  Our Partnership Resource Team members have helped the Steering Committee through the process of determining the focus and objectives for the grant as well as working with us to develop a budget for the funding.   Our focus for this project is to create and implement a professional development program that meets the needs of all employee groups on campus.  The Professional Development office is working to make that happen, and we’re excited about launching new programs in the coming weeks, months, and years. 

Classified Appreciation Week is almost here (May 20-24), and it will be five days of learning opportunities and activities for Classified Staff. Each day of the week will feature a couple of sessions that staff can choose to attend including Wall Climbing, Intro to Google Docs, Drum Circle, Meditation, Yoga/Relaxation, and Coping with Stress. We will begin the week on Monday, May 20 with a coffee break in Fireside Room from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – come join us!  Be sure to watch your email for the complete schedule of events!

Flex forms are due for faculty by June 5th. You can email LAVC Professional Development with  your Flex forms, or drop them by the Professional Development Office in LARC 200, which is located on the second floor above the library. The 2018-29 Flex form along with the PD Planning and Guide to Acceptable Activities can be found on the LAVC Professional Development webpage.

May is a busy month for everyone on campus, and this includes professional development. Check your email for a list of learning opportunities for the month from “ProfDev”.

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, stop by the Professional Development Center in LARC 200, or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page.

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