Basic Skills

Professional Development

Each year, the Basic Skills Committee allocates some of the BSI funds toward professional development opportunities. These funds can be used to supplement conference proposals that have been approved by Professional Development.

How can you request additional support from Basic Skills?

  1. Submit a conference proposal packet to the Professional Development Committee.
  2. Email the Basic Skills Chair (Michelle or Ashley) at least one week prior to a scheduled Basic Skills meeting to request placement on the agenda.
  3. Prepare to discuss at the meeting how this professional development activity clearly benefits Basic Skills students. In order for the committee to support any activity, it must be clearly defined for the benefit of Basic Skills students.

At that meeting, voting members of the committee will make and vote on a motion regarding your activity. You will be notified after the adjournment of the meeting if your activity has been supported, contingent on the acceptance of your proposal by the Professional Development Committee.


In the past the committee has supported:

  • Fall 2015 FLEX: Keynote speaker John Hetts with the RP Group spoke about multiple measures, assessment, placement and acceleration models seen as best practices across the country.
  • Spring 2016 FLEX: Mathematics instructors Ken Rand and John Perez from Hartnell College gave instructors innovative ideas to get students more involved in the learning process (in any class) and provided free tools to help with assessment and immediate feedback.
  • Spring 2016 FLEX: LPC Business instructor Erick Bell and Sociology instructor Akihiko Hirose conducted a workshop on Cultural Sensitivity.



Basic Skills

4th Wednesdays
Location: 2411A

Michelle Gonzales
(925) 424-1218
Ashley McHale
(925) 424-1351

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