About the TLC


BCC’s TLC provides and facilitates high-quality training and resources that leverage the experience, knowledge, and expertise of staff and faculty to improve learning across all disciplines and for all of BCC’s students, regardless of background or educational preparedness. The TLC works with all aspects of Shared Governance, particularly the Planning for Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) Committee and the Professional Development Committee to identify action items and develop, promote, and fund programs.


  • Collaborative and Inclusive: Faculty and staff work together to strengthen their teaching and service.
  • Research and inquiry-based: Our work is informed by current and relevant research.
  • Student-oriented: As instructors and staff, we should always inform our research, policies, and decisions with students in mind and as participants in our research.
  • Sustainable: Instructors and staff plan and assess work in order to evaluate long-term goals and progress.


BCC’s Teaching and Learning Center was first envisioned in 2008 as a project of the Basic Skills Initiative Committee. The center was designed to address the need for sustained, collaborative, faculty and staff-led professional development, in response to research demonstrating that the traditional “one-shot” workshop model is ultimately not effective in improving our practice. With the help of  BCC’s 2009-2014 Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant, the TLC developed a variety of programs, and the work has now been institutionalized as a vehicle for the academic excellence, collaboration, innovation, and transformation named in our school’s vision.

Spring Symposium

Towards the end of each Spring semester, the TLC hosts a yearly symposium bringing together faculty who have collaborated on a funded projects during the year. See our calendared events  or learn about our faculty-led collaborative projects.

Want to know more or get involved? Email bcctlc@peralta.edu if you want to schedule the TLC for a special teaching-related event, participate in a TLC project or activity, volunteer in your own unique way, or share some fresh creative ideas.