Professional Development

Professional Development is the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills that relate to one’s profession, job responsibilities, or work environment. It plays a key role in maintaining trained, informed, and motivated employees, regardless of job classification. (Austin Comm. College).

Funding Sources for Professional Development
(information on different funds, their purpose, and how to apply)

Professional Development Opportunities
(a list of upcoming workshops, seminars, regional and national conferences)

Conference Focus

2nd Annual Teaching and Learning National Institute July 30- August 2, 2017
Olympia, WA (Evergreen State College)

Teaching and Learning National Institute: Using Evidence for Improvement

Sponsored by Achieving the Dream, Inc. (ATD), National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education, and Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (WSBCTC).

Large-scale change initiatives focused on improving the quality of student experiences are essential if students are to succeed in higher education. This Institute offers your campus team a contextualized, project-based professional learning opportunity to get better at how you collectively

  • Use data to design change initiatives that improve the quality of student experiences, assess them, and plan subsequent steps;
  • Engage your whole campus in evidence-based change initiatives that promote student learning and success;
  • Create conditions that promote faculty leadership;
  • Develop a sustainable model for learning-centered professional development for all campus educators, including contingent faculty;
  • Continuously revise student learning outcomes for your institution, your programs, and your courses.

Teams are composed of 5-8 members, at least three of whom are faculty.  Your team might also include an academic administrator, someone with assessment expertise, a student affairs professional, an institutional researcher, or other stakeholders whose perspectives will help you develop an effective and sustainable plan.