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TechEd 2008 – Ontario Convention Center

Keynote Presentation – Tom Vander Ark, President XPRIZE Foundation

To Be of Use by Marge Piercy

The poem compares good workers to seals, who plunge into unknown waters with no fear in order to discover new territories.

He began by using Computer games as the model for good software applications. Games give continuous assessment and include adaptive content dependent upon the performance of the player.

He suggested that Staff Development is needed to train faculty on how to use technology in order to provide content, assessment and solutions to problems. He stressed that companies as well as educational institutions too often provide products without the necessary research and development to insure good quality. We embark on new programs expecting results without adequate time or financial investment in establishing a strong foundation on which to base our offerings.

Mr. Ark encouraged the sharing of information. He cited Google and Yahoo as successful models for opening their information to the world. He believes that by sharing information, we can build on each other’s knowledge and progress more quickly.

Successful entrepreneurs can share a vision, build coherence and produce solutions. Incentives and adaptive content will result in problem solving in many arenas.

Mr. Ark spoke to us as educators and encouraged us to come up with an education plan that would be able to teach a two year program in six to ten weeks.

He ended his speech with another poem. This one written by Louis MacNiece entitled Mutations. The message here is that when we experiment and try new ways of tackling problems, we come up with creative solutions.

His speech was followed by a Q&A session in which three conference participants requested help with language issues. One requested a Blue Tooth format for translating other languages into English. Another requested that assessment tests be written in an adaptive mode depending upon the test taker’s learning style. A third speaker represented a company called Open English, which is developing an assessment tool for second language learners with built in adaptations dependent on given answers.

XPRIZE encourages entrepreneurs to submit breakthrough innovations that will benefit humanity. Every year, the Foundation announces a theme. Example: 1996 – a private race to space, 2008 - a fuel efficient car.

Working Together…When Apart
Dr. Robert Leneway,
Educational Technology Program Coordinator, Western Michigan University

Dr. Leneway’s presentation was about the potential for virtual projects and teams.

He recommended the book Wikinomics – Collaboration is Changing Everything by Tapscott and Williams. He also recommended Adobe Connect as a screen for a live classroom.

Microsoft is offering a video blog once a week asking how MS can better serve developers.

Dr. Leneway likes to combine virtual communication with face to face. He uses a website, a blog. He schedules monthly meetings through Adobe connect and he firmly believes in social networking, which he achieves by attending one group meeting per year. He prefers voiceover IP to a telephone conference call.

He gave credit to Linda Gratton’s Wall Street Journal article dated June 17, 2007 for the following suggestions:

Promote communication by assigning interesting projects

  • Challenging
  • Meaningful
  • Invite volunteers to participate

Invite people to work together who know each other
Learn about each other
Assign one person to make contacts and connections outside the group
Separate tasks so that they are not dependent on one another
Ask a compelling question

Dr. Leneway’s suggestion for Staff Development – offer a workshop once and then have it available on-line for one month. Credit given if attended in person, or if registered and completed within the month.

Helpful websites:

  • Bubbl.us - concept mapping
  • Googledoc tools
  • Adobe Buzzword
  • Office Live, Workspace Live
  • Live SkySpace (200-300 megs of free storage space)
  • Time to meet.com (find the best time for a group to meet)
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Drupal – content management
  • IHMC cmap tools
  • Ning (create your own social network)

Exhibition Hall

NetOp School (Teach every student and keep them on task with the complete software solution for the networked classroom)
ViaTRON System Inc. (The Paperless Office Specialists)
FUJITSU (Scanner Product Guide)
Luidia eBeameducate (Interact With Your World)
Retail $700.00
Pointer writes on white board
Hand-outs include printed notes
oce´ (Tips for In-Plants to Improve Their Environmental Compliance)
Open English (Personalization Technologies applied to Language Learning)
License needed – assessment with adaptive mode geared to test taker
Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
LEARNING OBJECTS (Inspire thinking online)
SCHOOL WEB LOCKERS (File storage for students)
CREATION ENGINE (Software discounts for schools, faculty & students)
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A CHAMPION?
SkillsUSA GUIDE (for the College & Postsecondary Program)
Personal Development
Preparation for the world of work

 

Faculty Convocation
The Faculty Convocation on August 30th was a rousing success! The traditional morning meeting was followed by five field trips to the surrounding downtown Los Angeles area. The highlight of the morning session was an interview conducted by Dr. Denise Fairchild with David Rattray, President of the L.A. Chamber of Commerce. The afternoon mobile bus tours included 1) the Museums and Resources at Exposition Park, 2) Downtown Economic Development 3) the Music Center Complex, including the Cathedral, 4) Independent art galleries, and 5) Educational Challenges and Opportunities with neighboring high schools.

The pictures were taken during the morning activities. If you have any pictures taken during your individual bus tours please share them with us. I will be happy to add them to the Staff Development website.

Benjamin Torres –Tour 5

A brief summary of our convocation groups tour:  Education.

We visited four high schools in the LATTC service area which generated deep conversations between our faculty and administrators and teachers from Santee HS, Jefferson HS, New Tech HS (on Jefferson campus, but is an independent school) and Manual Arts HS.  LATTC faculty were very engaged and interested in both the educational conditions students are facing locally.  The types of questions raised by faculty focused on student achievement, demographic trends and impact, innovation/teaching and technology in vocational areas, campus climate, small learning communities and the exploration of partnership opportunities between LATTC and local schools. 

LATTC faculty were clear that we can all benefit from working with the local schools to identify the gaps/opportunities in teaching, vocational programs and student preparation coming to LATTC.  Schools in the area are dealing with curriculum/teaching issues, over crowded schools, and limited resources which have moved them to a Small Learning Community (SLC) format – which groups students into groups of 500-700 organized around themes and career areas.  These schools are becoming schools within schools and teachers are working in cohorts and emersion formats to organize curriculum in ways that contextualize the learning.  While some of these schools appeared to be more advanced in their application of this format than others, we all felt that a model like that would have implications for how students come prepared and what they will expect from LATTC. 

Most of our faculty felt the convocation tour was a good start but there needed to be a point person here at LATTC (perhaps from the Community and Economic Development Department) that could continue to provide a vehicle for these types of conversations and eventually programmatic efforts to happen.  Our construction technology, fashion and design, welding and machine shop faculty (to name a few) immediately connected with many of the faculty at these campuses and conversations and connections began to happen about equipment usage, skills and teaching techniques and potential projects.  Much of the discussion from our faculty led to a “what's next” question.  Faculty exchanged numbers and business cards with High School faculty and administrators during our tour.  I believe our faculty got the message – it is important for LATTC to have a strong and productive relationship with the local schools and community.  LATTC is the potential bridge for many of these students to move from poverty to opportunities for educational, career and community development success.  In order for us to be that bridge we have to make sure that we have someone committed to connecting the pieces and being the glue of the relationship building process.  Faculty recommended we have a communication system like a blog to provide each other with updates on collaborative projects with the local schools.

Benjamin Torres
Director of Community Planning @ LATTC
Education Tour Guide


The Automotive Technology in today's vehicles is becoming increasingly more complicated and requires us as instructors to stay up to date with the emerging technology. Each summer we attend Automotive Instructors Workshops provided by the Automotive Manufacturers and organizations such as the California Automotive Teachers Association (CAT) and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) to keep us up to date with new technology. This year the NACAT 2007 conference was held on July 16 th through the 20 th at the Queen Mary. This was five days, 40 hours of intensive training which I will incorporate into my lesson plans and course outline for program improvement. I also attended another 40 hour week long training program at the Western Regional Honda Training Center with other automotive instructors. Honda has a unique IST Individual Skills Training Program that allows the technicians to complete their modules through their Online University and Lab and Classroom Modules in their state of the art Automotive Training Facility. I look forward to continuing my IST updated training during future summer sessions. This information is great to share with fellow instructors and students.  

Bill Woo
Automotive Instructor


Staff Development Volunteer Scholarship Recipients 2007

Left to right: Carlos Guerrero, Lorraine Megowan, Staff Development Coordinator and Jose L. Cuellar.Congratulations to our Staff Development Volunteer Scholarship Recipients for 2007! Each of the three scholars below has been granted $300.00 in recognition of their academic achievements and volunteer activities.

Armando Cobos: Graduating with a certificate in Plumbing and Refrigeration Air Conditioning Mechanics. He is a returning student in order to prepare himself for a second career at the age of 46. During his time at LATTC, he has tutored classmates and other plumbing students in math. He is a proud advocate for disabled students and is committed to vote in every local, state, and national election. Armando has been on the Dean's Honor Roll and has been awarded the President's Honor Award. He will graduate with a 3.79 grade point average.

Jose L. Cuellar: Graduating with an AA in Liberal Arts and an AS in Welding Technology. He has been an active member of LA Trade Tech's A.S.O. His participation in student government led him to take an active part in the organization of "Denim Day" which focuses on the violence against women in American society. He is also part of an Outreach recruitment team for LATTC, promoting this campus at churches and high schools. Jose will transfer to Cal State University at Long Beach in fall of 2007, pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.

Carlos Guerrero: Graduating with an AS in Welding Technology. With a grade point average of 4.0, Carlos has made the National Dean's List. He plans to transfer and continue his education in the future. Carlos as been active in ASO at LA trade Tech by acting as the President of the American Welding Society Club. He has stepped in for some of the ASO officers at district meetings and has volunteered to work on projects such as:The Gold Thimble Fashion Show and Campus Clean Up day.

List of those who have completed their FLEX obligations. for 2007 - 2008

Important Dates for 2007 - 2008:

  • 2007 - 2008 Faculty & Staff Development Calendar runs from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.
  • Mandatory Flex Convocation August 30, 2007
  • FLEX Days - June 3 and 4, 2008

Faculty & Staff Development Forms (formerly known as FLEX forms) will be due June 8, 2008.

All Committee meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month and will be held in L265 beginning at 1:30 pm.

Meeting Dates:

  • 9/25/07
  • 10/23/07
  • 11/27/07
  • 2/26/08
  • 3/25/08
  • 4/22/08
  • 5/27/08

The LATTC Staff Development Committee will be awarding one or more scholarships to graduating LATTC students. The applicants must be graduating with an A.S., A.A. , or certificate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The scholarship is available to qualified Spring 2008 graduating students and will be selected by the LATTC Staff Development Committee. The scholarship applicants must have volunteered in extra-curricular activities and/or community service as well as succeeded in their programs while attending LATTC. Students are also asked to commit to support the college by mentoring or revisiting their major departments in order to share their experiences and inspire future students.

The application can be printed from this web site. Applications are due in the Staff Development Lab or in Mrs. Lorraine Megowan's mailbox by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26, 2008.

There are three funding sources available for faculty Professional Growth activities. There are two funding sources available for classified staff Professional Growth activities. Conference Travel and Tuition Reimbursement funds are available beginning July 1, 2007 until depleted. Please see guidelines below.


Guidelines 2007 - 2008

LATTC Staff Development Committee
Conference/Travel Attendance Policy and Procedures

  1. Conference request should be made three weeks in advance, but no less than a week in advance.  Late requests will not be approved.
    • If an employee attends a conference without prior approval, there will be no reimbursement of funds spent.
    • All forms can be found on the LATTC Staff Development web site. and/or in the Staff Development Lab (L265) and the Academic Senate Office. 
  2. All forms must be typed.  Requestor needs to ensure that adequate funds have been requested to cover all necessary expenses.  Additional funds will not be encumbered after forms have been turned in.
  3. Reimbursement for conference/workshop cost is limited to $150 for Full-Time Faculty, $100 for Adjunct Faculty and $400 for Classified per person per year.  Total funds available for 2007 - 2008 only limited to $5,000 for faculty and $5,000 for Classified.  Funds will be allocated until they are depleted. 
  4. Registration fees can be paid in advance with sufficient notice and documentation.  Secure a copy of prepayment form at the Business Office. Please complete and attach prepay documentation to the conference request form.
  5. Appropriate Department Chair must sign (not initial) the conference request form and agree to provide a substitute if a faculty member will be out of the classroom for at least two days.
  6. The form should be turned into the Staff Development mailbox. 
    • Do not return to the Academic Senate Office. 
    • Professor Megowan will read requests and sign if funds are approved.  
  7. Form will then be forwarded to appropriate vice-president.
  8. Form will then be forwarded to the President's Office.  

LATTC Professional Growth Committee
Conference Attendance Policy and Procedures
 
  1. Conference request should be made three weeks in advance, but no less than a week in advance. Late requests will not be approved.
    • If an employee attends a conference without prior approval, there will be no reimbursement of funds spent.
    • All forms can be found on the LATTC Staff Development web site., in the Staff Development Lab (L265), and/or the Academic Senate Office.
  2. All forms must be typed.  Requestor needs to ensure that adequate funds have been requested to cover all necessary expenses.  Additional funds will not be encumbered after forms have been turned in.
  3. Substitutes can be approved if a faculty member's conference attendance requires 2 or more days.
  4. Reimbursement for conference/workshop cost is limited to $600 for Full-Time Faculty and $300 for Adjunct Faculty.
  5. Registration fees can be paid in advance with sufficient notice and documentation. At the top of your request form, please type or print (and highlight):  "Please pay registration in advance."  Please complete and attach registration form to your conference request form.
  6. Appropriate Department Chair must sign (not initial) the conference request form and agree to provide a substitute if a faculty member will be out of the classroom for at least two days.
  7. Turn the form into Professional Growth Committee member, Lorraine Megowan's mailbox.
    • The form must not be turned in to the Academic Senate Office.
    • The Committee meets every other week as scheduled.
    • The Committee will read requests and sign if funds are approved.
  8. Committee members will then forward the form to appropriate vice-president.
  9. Form will then be forwarded to the President's Office.
    • The President's secretary will assign a TT#.
    • The requestor will receive a copy of the form with the TT#.
  10. The written Conference Report and Reimbursement Form with all original receipts must be completed and submitted to the President's Office within ten (10) working days after the end of the conference or workshop.
    a. Complete Conference Report upon return from conference. Include handouts and materials to be added to the resource library in the Staff Development office. (There will be no reimbursement for expenses without this package)
    b. Complete Travel Expense Form.
    c. Attach all ORIGINAL receipts to Expense Form.
    d. Make yourself a copy - the President's Office does not keep copies.
    e. Submit all (a-c) to the President's Office within ten (10) working days from end of conference.
  11. Forms are then forwarded to Accounts Payable at the District Office. The Business Office will notify you when your reimbursement check is ready for pick up.
  12. Anyone attending a conference/workshop must share materials and information with appropriate colleagues. Please contact Lorraine Megowan, Staff Development Coordinator if you would like to host a brown bag seminar.

LATTC Professional Growth Committee
Tuition Reimbursement Policy and Procedures
  1. Faculty who are eligible under Article 23 in the current AFT contract may apply.
  2. The Tuition Reimbursement form must be submitted no earlier than 30 days prior to the date that the course(s) start and no later than the end of the second week of classes. The form is available in the President's Office. The form must be typed.
  3. Reimbursement for tuition will be 50% of tuition cost, but no more than $2000.00 per fiscal year.
  4. Personnel Guidelines for Tuition Reimbursement can be found at the LACCD web site., under Faculty and Staff Resources.
  5. Turn the form into Professional Growth Committee member Lorraine Megowan's mailbox.
    • The form must not be turned in to the Academic Senate Office.
    • The Committee meets every other week as scheduled.
    • The Committee will read requests and sign if funds are approved.
  6. Committee members will then forward the form to the president's office.  
  7. Forms are then forwarded to the Business Office. 
    • Once the applicant has completed their course, they are to forward their grade (official copy) and original receipt to the Business Office.
    • The Business Office will then send paperwork to the District Office.
    • The Business Office will notify you when your reimbursement check is ready for pick-up.

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May 22, 2008