Inaugural SCVN Regional Meeting

The Sacramento/Central Valley Network recently made history!  thumbs-up

On Monday, May 18, 2009, the SCVN had not only its very first Regional Network meeting, but it was also the first regional meeting of the Network!   The SCVN rocks!  

If you would like to leave comments about the inaugural SCVN Regional Meeting, please click on “blog it” below.  But first read on to discover phenomenal information generated during the Regional Meeting. 


Participants identified one activity from the “Logic Model,” which details activities of the larger Network, that they were most excited about and briefly told why, and they identified one activity from “Benefits to Colleges” that they were most excited about and briefly told why.  Participants put both of these into one “comment” post.  To feel the excitement, check out all the comment posts below by clicking on “blog it.”

Agenda for the SCVN Inaugural Regional Meetingregional-meeting2

List of List of Participants                                              

Regional Meeting Outcomes and Evaluation Form

Compiled List of “What You Would Like to See in the Network”  was partly generated when the SCVN Coordinator made a first site visit to the pilot colleges.  Then the SCVN Regional Meeting participants added additional ideas to this list. 

Nancy Cook’s PowerPoint for the SCVN Inaugural Meeting

During lunch, participants met with someone from a college other than their own and discussed various Successes and Challenges that were occurring on their respective campuses.  These successes and challenges were then written on paper posted on the walls so that participants could share.  The success and challenges from the meeting are also recorded here. 

regional-meeting1Participants selected one of six topics and then got into small groups where they generated ideas/strategies for implementing these topics on their campuses.  Check out the Discussion Topic Ideas generated during the meeting. 

 During a brainstorming session, participants generated content Ideas for Future Meetings.  

Check out Photos and video clips from the Inaugural SCVN Regional Meeting:



16 Responses to Inaugural SCVN Regional Meeting

  1. Shelly Conner May 18, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    Eric, Shelly and Diana like the 4th activity, to promote models of effective practices. There is an incredible number and variety of activities such as learning communities that are designed to address the success of students in basic skills courses. It is invaluable to get information from colleges that have implemented different practices to get data on what works in a short period of time.

  2. Donna Cooper May 18, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    I like collaborative learning networks. I think we can learn a lot from each other. The benefits to the college, I like the support that will happen for each pilot college.

  3. Shannon Pries May 18, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    We liked the activity which focuses on building the ability of all faculty (across disciplines) to be better prepared to teach underprepared students. We identify with this activity and are already working on this at our college.

    Of the benefits, the trips to other colleges to see what they are up to sounded interesting, particularly if we could sit in on basic skills classes.

  4. kdegn May 18, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    We are excited about the possibility of all faculty being better prepared to teach developmental courses. We think that this will help all faculty to recognize the variety of skill levels in their classroom and develop
    strategies to teach to the entire classroom.

  5. Brandon Muranaka May 18, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    I’m very excited for the activity “promote models of effective practices.” Specifically, the goal of building the capacity for ALL faculty to teach students that are under-prepared for college level work. As a basic skills instructor in mathematics I feel it is more difficult to teach an arithmetic class than a calculus class. In my opinion, someone with the pedagogical training to teach arithmetic will have the pedagogical training to teach calculus but not necessarily the other way around. (Provided they have the appropriate content knowledge in mathematics).

  6. Judy Mays May 18, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    I am excited about the prospect of all faculty being prepared to deal with the needs of underprepared students. We all know that students who need help building basic skills also in enroll in vocational and other courses along with their basic skills classes. It would be great if all faculty have the motivation, information, and tools to help these students succeed.

  7. Lori Levine May 18, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    My partner (Suzanne from Butte) and I actually like different activities on the larger Network. I like the “create statewide infrastructure,” and she likes “promote models of effective practices.” I am interested in the statewide infrastructure because I want to learn from other colleges. Right now I’m having a hard time motivating my campus representatives to work and I’m hoping to get more ideas.

    Suzanne likes the last activity because her BSI committee is really cohesive and effective and now they can start looking at best practices. We both agree that both activities are important.

    As far as the benefits to colleges, we like the idea of campus visits. From these visits, we get the bigger picture and have other wise people to guide us who have a different perspectives. I’m hoping that we have more of these visits where more of our faculty will attend.

  8. Jennifer Simonson May 18, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    In the Logic Model, we are most excited about creating regional level infrastructure. Marian is Staff Development Coordinator at Merced College, and Jennifer is the Writing Center Coordinator at Willow/International Community College Center. We agree that professional development is a vital component, especially for faculty and adjunct who are not yet involved in basic skills education.

    In the Benefits to Pilot Colleges, we are most excited about the ASCCC Regional Workshops, because the workshops allow for the greatest amount of faculty participation.

  9. Kirsten Corbin May 18, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    I am most excited about promoting models of effective practices. When I was in grad school, we shared and collaborated constantly with each other, and this helped me create lesson plans that were so much better than those I would have come up on my own. The poppy-copy covers effective practices, but it’s another thing to see what these concepts look like as application in the classroom. After teaching for a few years, I have come across several assignments and ideas that my colleagues use that I think are wonderful. I would love to learn what others are doing across the colleges in our region.

    Similarly, I look forward to the benefits of being in the network that will help with this activity–specifically, funds for professional learning above and beyond those provided through the BSI and taking field trips to other communitiy colleges with model program and practices. And then, of course, these benefits are only possible because our campus will be able to participate in the regional and larger network.

  10. James Tucker, Rhonda Rios Kravitz May 18, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    On the logic model, Create Regional Infrastructure, we particularly liked the Ongoing Evaluation of Professional Program Activities. We hope to institute model practices at our individual campus sites.

  11. Monica Brown May 18, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    We are excited about the capacity of all faculty to teach students who are underprepared for learning at the college level because we’d love to see all of the talented teachers inspire this population of students.

    We are excited to participate in regional workshops where we can discuss ideas, problems, and solutions with other campuses who have similar student populations.

  12. kaylee May 18, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    Our activity team is excited about the following after reading Larger Network goals:
    1) promoting effective models of leadership practice & developing the web-based teaching and learning communities, to reach technology natives

    After reading Benefits to Colleges:
    2)campus visits from leadership institute mentors, and participate larger network; and eventually create a “no interference” virtual access to network.

  13. fulgham May 18, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    We like “promoting models of effective practices” because it involves teacher who have success with students.

  14. mario.cordova May 18, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Data coahes @ Merced College would serve us in many ways:

    reduce faculty anxiety over SLO’s generally and the mysticism of quantitative report writing;

    facilitate conselors growths and knowledge bases of the BSI and the need to agument their learning curves on new instructional methodologies and how they can begin to engage more collaboratively with instruction and with students as “instructional aides” . . .

    Ultmately, to transcend the limited utility of one-dimensinal SLO’s (exclusively unit/program-based SLO’s ) by constructing cross-unit SLO’s . .Multi-unit SLOS would insure greater collaboration and yield data to engender campus-wide commitments to student equity .. .

  15. Miya Squires May 18, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    On the list of activities, we liked “promote models of effective practice,” which we see as helping get more/all faculty in the loop and using successful strategies to support basic skills students.

    Under benefits of the pilot, we think having guidance and follow-up through the leadership institute that will help us get projects going on our campuses.

    Miya and Yeng

  16. Linda Christopher-Miles May 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    The last activity on the logic model appealed to me the most.
    “Promote modelsof effective practices.” It is vital for us to reach out to ALL faculty – to explore and find strategies that will better address the real needs of underprepared college students.