Spring 2015 FLEX Dates: February 2 - 6 (Mon - Fri)
Fall 2015 FLEX Dates: Friday, August 14 - Thursday, August 20
Spring 2016 FLEX Dates: February 1 - 5 (Mon - Fri)
Fall 2016 FLEX Dates: Friday, August 12 - Thursday, August 18
SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTER AT SPRING 2015 FLEX WEEK!
We have had the good fortune of being awarded Student Equity funds to bring a special guest speaker to COC during spring FLEX week, Dr. Pauline Arneberg. Dr. Arneberg earned an MPA from USC and a PhD in Organization Psychology from the University for Humanistic Studies at USC. She has extensive international experience and has worked in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Jordan, Bahrain, Pakistan, and throughout Africa.
She will be presenting her session, Addressing Cultural Inequity, at four different times during FLEX week in an effort to provide all employees with an opportunity to attend. The description, dates, and times for her sessions are listed below:
The California community college system thrives on and is enriched by the variety of cultures of its students. There are, however, certain student populations who may not persist and attain their educational goals because they feel disconnected and unsupported at their campus. Students from diverse cultural backgrounds may be disadvantaged in a variety of ways when pursuing their education. This highly experiential workshop will explore the variety of cultures community college students bring to the educational experience and the cultural inequities that some community college students experience. Specifically, this session will focus on:
- Defining the term “cultural inequity”
- Reviewing data that shows both the achievements and lack of progress by specific student populations
- Developing programs and services that can help students persist and achieve more, especially in the areas of attaining an Associate’s Degree, certificate of completion, and completing transfer requirements
- Identifying cultural inequities and ways the campus community can work together to develop a campus culture that is welcoming and supportive so that all students feel encouraged and have the resources available to help them achieve their educational goals
- Learning best practices from other organizations to incorporate in their day to day work
This session addresses access, a student success indicator of the Student Equity Plan. All employees are encourage to attend this session to learn more about the cultural inequities our students may be experiencing and what we as a campus community can do to address those inequities and make College of the Canyons a place where students feel welcomed, supported, and included as they work to achieve their educational goals.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify cultural inequities and strategies and tools they can employ to develop a campus culture that is welcoming and supportive so that all students feel encouraged and have the resources available to help them achieve their educational goals.
About the Professional Development Program…
How is success measured?
At College of the Canyons, success is measured using the twelve district-wide strategic goals of Teaching and Learning, Student Services, Cultural Diversity, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Effectiveness, Financial Stability, Technological Advancement, Physical Resources, Innovation, Campus Climate and Leadership. The Professional Development program aligns all offerings and activities with these established goals to ensure a meaningful and comprehensive program that is focused on achieving defined outcomes through the training of our most valuable resource, our employees.
College of the Canyons is committed to developing our employees to their fullest potential through the numerous training opportunities offered throughout the entire year as part of the Professional Development program. The importance of the Professional Development program and the District’s commitment is clearly defined in the College’s strategic plan, and is given full support by the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. All faculty and staff are encouraged to develop an annual personal professional development plan, and engage in training that will assist them in meeting their professional development goals.
FLEX at College of the Canyons
The Faculty Development Committee is comprised of representatives from each division and the Professional Development Director. The committee meets monthly and is responsible for developing the FLEX schedules and activities based on the provisions of the law. (Title 5, section 55730e).
Based on the law (Title 5, section 55726b and 55728) each full time permanent faculty member is obligated to complete 41 hours of FLEX activities per academic year. FLEX activities must not overlap with any accountable hours during the regular academic term or special assignments for which the faculty members are regularly compensated. Faculty members can
meet their FLEX obligation by attending or participating in scheduled and/or unscheduled activities. Independent Projects can account for a maximum of 50% (20.5 hours) of the FLEX
Registration for FLEX and all other Professional Development workshops is done through the Lumens online registration system at www.canyons.communityext.net .
Frequently Asked Questions
What are FLEX days?
FLEX credit is the State’s way of ensuring that faculty are engaging in professional development activities equivalent to the amount of time they would be spending in class without a FLEX program. One hour of time spent on professional development equals one hour of FLEX credit. As allowed by Title V, FLEX days are set aside in the academic calendar for faculty to participate in professional development activities related to staff, student, and instructional improvement. At COC, full time faculty have an obligation of 41 FLEX hours per year. FLEX time is in lieu of instructional time. All faculty members are paid the 41 hours in advance assuming you will complete your obligation. Any hours that are not completed by the June 30th deadline will be docked from your October paycheck. Please note that docked hours are deducted from your annual STRS service credit.
What kind of activities are considered professional development activities?
The term professional development includes activities that increase knowledge in the discipline or which directly enhance teaching skills, but also activities that improve working relationships with students and staff in and out of the classroom as well as activities that enhance an individual’s physical and mental ability to perform his/her job. The Faculty Development Committee uses the following guidelines to evaluate activities for flex credit:
· The primary goal of the activity must be professional growth and achievement of the mission of the college, its vision, and the mission of professional development in staff improvement, student improvement, or instructional improvement.
· Accomplishment of the activity must be of sufficient benefit to justify the time spent.
· The activity must be designed to foster an analytical or reflective approach to professional development.
· You must not be compensated in any other way for this activity.
· The majority of the event must not be recreational or social.
· The activity must fall outside expected departmental and other contractual faculty duties.
How much FLEX credit do I earn if I facilitate a workshop?
Workshop facilitators for FLEX activities earn double FLEX credit. For example, if you facilitate a three hour workshop, you will receive six hours of FLEX credit.
If we didn’t have FLEX days, would we have more vacation days?
No. We would have additional service days.
When can I earn my FLEX credit?
You may earn FLEX credit during any time you are not scheduled to teach, hold office hours, or when you are participating in other contractual duties.
How do I receive FLEX credit for Workshops, films, or FLEX events that I attend at COC?
After each workshop is completed, the presenter/facilitator will submit the sign-in sheet from the workshop to the Professional Development Office. FLEX credit is issued to workshop attendees based on whose names are on the roster. So, to ensure that you receive FLEX credit, sign-in at each workshop you attend. If you forget to sign-in, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com and request that your name get added, and CC the workshop presenter on your e-mail for verrification.
Whenever possible, please pre-register for workshops that you plan to attend using the online registration system found at www.canyons.communityext.net.
How do I request FLEX credit for completing Adjunct Evaluations?
Can adjunct and non-credit faculty attend FLEX sessions?
Yes. Adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend any FLEX workshop or activity they like. Adjunct faculty who have a teaching assignment in the semester they attend a FLEX workshop, will receive up to 9 hours pay per semester (fall and spring) for attending FLEX workshops. The first 5 hours will be paid at the regular hourly rate and the remaining 4 hours will be paid at the non-instructional rate. Compensation for adjunct faculty is limited to FLEX workshops held on-campus at College of the Canyons. Non-credit faculty are eligible for up to 9 hours pay each semester (fall and spring) at their hourly rate for attending approved on-campus FLEX workshops and activities.
Can classified staff and administrators attend FLEX sessions?
Yes! Classified staff and administrators are encouraged to attend any FLEX workshop or activity offered. Classified staff should obtain their supervisor’s approval to attend FLEX workshops.