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Professional Development Day

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Putting the Pieces Together

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

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This year’s Professional Development Day theme is titled  Putting the Pieces Together.  

As you see from the graphic, there are many core elements which make up this puzzle: Equity, Campus Redesign, Community, Learning, Balance, and most importantly, student’s and their academic success.  As we know from prior professional development days where we explored each of these “pieces” more in-depth…we know what we need to do.  We have all the necessary pieces, but now we need to put them together. 

We know that equity and the campus redesign are at the core of making SMC a successful and equitable learning institution for our First Time in College Black and Latinx students.  We know that our GPS and Equitizing Gateway Courses program are efforts that will help to transform our institution. Ultimately, we hope that the day’s sessions will offer clarity and direction as we continue to challenge ourselves to put these pieces together to better support our students and build a culture of care and sense of belonging for our students and for all us serving them. 

Additionally, we also know that COVID and working remotely has had a significant impact on our campus.  Some impacts have been extremely positive with our pivot to remote learning and online student support.  However, COVID has also had a negative impact on our entire campus, especially for some of our most marginalized racially minoritized students. 

It is of even greater urgency that we stay on course to foster a culture of care and sense of belonging as we continue to build a racially equitable and inclusive educational environment with easy-to-navigate pathways for our students to meet their self-defined academic and career goals. Our redesign and equity efforts have been focused on this and we need to stay focused. We are moving in the right direction and we cannot allow ourselves to be taken off course because our students need us to provide them with equitable pathways that lead to success now more than ever. 

As we gather together in this virtual professional development day, we hope that the sessions offered will allow all attendees to explore the various pieces in the landscape of equity, inclusion redesign and professional development. What is your piece of the puzzle?  How do you make a difference every day for our students? Ultimately, we hope that the day’s sessions will offer clarity and direction as we continue to challenge ourselves to put these pieces together to better support our students and each other at Santa Monica College to build our culture of care and sense of belonging for our students and for all us serving them. 

 Opening Addresses and Morning Schedule

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9 -9:30 a.m.

 

 

Opening Addresses

 

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10:45 a.m. - Noon 

 

Point. Of. Views. - Professional and Career Development Pathways

Concurrent session for classified professionals only

Facilitated by Dr. Karen S. Gunn, this interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Receive an update on the work of the Classified Professional Development Committee (CPDC), and current campus planning activities
  • Learn helpful Tips and Tools for building your Career Development platform
  • Share your recommendations and interests

This is part of a multi-stage professional development effort, sponsored by the CPDC, focused on Classified staff interests, needs, and priorities. The information provided and your input will assist the CPDC in advocating for and implementing relevant, strategic development opportunities.

Recording forthcomming

11 a.m. - Noon

 

Redesigning the SMC Student Experience

Concurrent session for faculty, supervisors and administrators

With the goals of 1) reducing/eliminating our racial equity gaps, 2) reducing the time to completion, and 3) increasing the rate of completion, SMC has built several pieces toward redesigning the SMC student experience.  This brief session will identify some those pieces as well as present the vision of bringing some of those pieces together.

 

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Afternoon Workshops

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General Questions and Guidelines

Classified Professional FAQ

Faculty FAQ

If you have any questions about Professional Development Day, contact profdevelopment@smc.edu.