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 Staff Development

Welcome to the Staff Development website! 

Staff Development seeks to provide the Rio Hondo College community with opportunities for professional growth and renewal in order to foster improved morale, increased efficiency, and   greater institutional effectiveness.  Our work is predicated on the belief that supporting the  realization of individual potential is essential in achieving shared excellence.

In 2003, Staff Development at Rio Hondo was reorganized in an attempt to meet several challenges:

  1. How to develop meaningful and varied staff development activities in light of the elimination of the state's staff development budget.
  2. How to make the FLEX reporting system more efficient.
  3. How to more clearly communicate with faculty, classified, and administrators about staff development activities, decisions, and processes

The Staff Development Task Force proposed a number of recommendations that were accepted by the Planning/Fiscal Council in May 2003. You can read the full report by clicking here.

Since 2003, the Staff Development Committee has made strides to address these recommendations and provide a variety of opportunities for individual, departmental, and institutional growth. At a planning retreat in June of 2008, the following goals were set out for 2008-2009:

     I.     Supporting Opportunities for Individual Growth

     II.    Offering Opportunities for Individual and Group Renewal

     III.    Creating Opportunities for Skill Building and Enhancement of Professional Abilities

     IV.    Responding to needs created by Emerging Critical Issues such as: Basic Skills,

              Student Learning Outcomes, and Technology/MIS.

     V.    Cultivating and Enhancing a Culture of Collegiality

             Specific initiatives for 2011-2012 include:
  • Grants program awarding individuals, small groups and departments the opportunity for professional development
  • New Technology Training Series
  • Instructional Development Series
  • Offering of Title V Faculty Development Stipends
  • Staff Recognition program ("Caught in the Act" & "Spotlight on Collaboration")
  • Broadening of participation in "Reflection & Renewal" activities
  • Continuation of 2nd year of Leadership Academy
  • Support of morale/collegiality building activities

Please contact me or anyone on the Staff Development Committee  if you have any questions or concerns. 

Katie O'Brien
Staff Development/FLEX Coordinator
ext. 3223
LR 126B


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