The Engagement intervention is an overarching intervention based on the concept of contiunous improvement and professional development. The ATD Priority Chairs group recommended the development of a Center for Engagement and Learning (CEAL). The purpose of CEAL is to facilitate faculty and staff knowledge around student retention and completion through increased access to ongoing professional development.  The theory of action is that the CEAL fosters effective communication strategies and systems between all college employees.   Through collaborative efforts, CEAL supports faculty and staff by providing professional development opportunities to all employees, that will, in-turn, provide innovative learning-centered instruction and services to students and the broader community. This now includes increasing aptitude in the knowledge, use, and interpretation of data available on Pierce's Tableau dashboards. CEAL generally supports the Engagement intervention in the following ways:

  1. First Year Faculty Co-hort- The First-Year Faculty Cohort is a unique professional development experience available to support full-time faculty in their first year of the tenure process. This year-long community of practice draws upon peer learning and sharing to enhance the skills of new faculty. Topics include student learning assessment, academic advising/mentoring, shared governance, student engagement strategies, transfer and workforce partnerships, and contribution to community.
  2. Targeted Skills Training- This professional development opportunity is for tenured faculty. The skill building program has a focus on increased pedagogical effectiveness with an emphasis on using technology and emerging instructional models for innovative outcomes. Each year, a cohort of faculty complete a 4-day summer institute and design action research projects in the classroom. Over the following academic year, faculty participants complete their projects and share their findings with their colleagues.
  3. Master Teaching Program: This faculty professional development opportunity focuses on mid-career tenured faculty. Each year, up to 12 faculty can participate in the Master Teaching Program. This opportunity focuses on experiential and project-based learning to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration, self-reflection and evaluation, broad peer and senior mentoring networks, and the development of strategic leadership skills. The program includes a weeklong seminar where faculty learn from each other and experts about effective teaching and learning practices. Faculty also design a teaching and learning project and seek feedback from their peers. Over the following academic year, these faculty carry out their projects and assess the impact on student learning. At the end of the year, the Master Teaching participants share out their findings with the cohort and beyond.
  4. Adjunct Faculty Professional Development- We collaborate with a variety of district departments and committees to provide professional development events throughout the academic year designed to include adjunct faculty at Pierce College. One Saturday each quarter in the academic year is designated for a full day conference that focuses on teaching and learning excellence. Adjunct faculty are compensated for attending these conferences.

By making engagement the overarching strategy for all of Pierce College’s ATD priority areas, Pierce College is demonstrating its continued commitment to engaging the entire college community around the principles central to ATD.

ID 15313

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