The Basic Skills Initiative committee would like to invite you to a unique professional development opportunity at Berkeley City College, The Faculty Experiential Learning Institute (FELI).
Monday, June 7th – Friday, June 11th, 9 am – 5 pm. Food provided.
Berkeley City College, Teaching and Learning Center
Compensation: $350 (qualifying participants include select BCC faculty and staff)
BCC faculty and staff who work with basic skills students, especially in key “gateway” classes.
If you are interested, please apply by Friday, May 7th, 5 pm by clicking on this link:
Questions: Please contact Chris Lebo-Planas at email@example.com
Why we feel this is important:
At BCC, the Basic Skills Initiative committee has taken the lead in identifying best practices for our educationally disadvantaged students – those assessing below college readiness in English and Math. We have found that students who come in at basic skills level need to learn or relearn the life skills necessary to access knowledge in the college culture. For the past two years, BCC has been using curriculum from the Academy of College Excellence (ACE, formerly the Digital Bridge Academy). Students who have experienced this curriculum have:
· shown multi-semester persistence;
· completed transfer-level classes sooner than their peers;
· become diligent, focused agents of their own change;
· taken charge of their own educational goals.
At BCC, PERSIST (Personal Initiative to Social Transformation) closely models the ACE curriculum, and the philosophy that positive social change can only happen with true access to higher education.
What Is It?
The FELI is a five-day workshop that condenses the two-week Foundations course that students in the Academy for College Excellence (ACE) experience at the beginning of each college bridge semester. Teachers, counselors and administrators experience an essential component of the program as an educationally disadvantaged student does.
In this transformative workshop we will identify and explore:
· Leadership and Learning Styles of self and others
· Positive Team Building
· Listening techniques toward effective communication
· Reflection toward self-management of behaviors
· Faculty-specific discussion about teaching and learning in the evolving classroom
For more on ACE’s proven effectiveness, go to this link:
Who else believes in this curriculum for teachers and students?
The Columbia University Community College Research Center has recently found that students using the ACE informed cohort model perform significantly better than those that do not. To this end, the Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation has funded ACE for a total of $3.5 million to expand its model nationwide while exploring the potential for acceleration at the
basic skills level. For more information about ACE and its approach, click on the link below
Our hope is that if we’re able to create a strong cohort of BCC faculty and staff who have attended this training, we can begin to build a strong foundation for improving the success of our students who enter college without the basic skills needed to succeed. For this summer’s workshop, we are targeting people who have either demonstrated a commitment to basic skills students and/or who teach in important “gateway” classes.
Teaching and Learning Center/English Dept.