Leadership Institute

Welcome to the 2009 BSILI!

This page contains information that was discussed or created at the Leadership Institute, June 14-20, held at California State University at San Francisco.

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Left to Right: Participants from the Sacramento/Central Valley Network included Kirsten Corbin, American River College; Miya Squires, Butte College; Donna Cooper, Fresno City College; Mario Cordova, Merced College; Nancy Cook, SCVN Coordinator; Lori Levine, Reedley College; Beatriz Vasquez, College of the Siskiyous; Rhonda Rios Kravitz, Sacramento City College; Rhonda Farley, Cosumnes River College.


Day 1 of the Leadership Institute included a student panel moderated by Katie Townsend Merino, Vice President of Instruction at Foothill College.


Day 2 of the Leadership Institute, participants brought information about a successful or non-successful program on their campuses to share with others.  Then in pairs, they discussed the successes and challenges of those programs.  Later, as a large group, they made a list of successes and challenges in all the programs.  Then they used iRubric to create a rubric that could  be used to measure the success of a program or project.  Check out the SCVN rubric here!  Check out the list of successes and challenges generated by the SCVN team in the video below.


bsili-2009-classDay 3 of the Institute participants looked at their case studies, and determined strengths and weaknesses of the case study basic skills program based upon the rubrics they created the day before.  Then they became consultants, telling what things were good and bad in the case study basic skills program.  This consulting culminated in a “role play” performance where SCVN actors became consultants to our Bay Area Network friends and vice versa.  Check out the exciting video of Miya Squires role playing a  consultant with Bay Area Network participants and Donna Cooper playing the role of BSI Coordinator with Bay Area Network participants.


Later in Day 3, participants learned a process for analyzing new program requests.  Then they met in the computer lab and learned how to use Mindomo, an online mind mapping program and then created a mind map using their case studies to go through the process of analyzing various aspects of the basic skills program presented there.

Day 4, Tina Christie from Claremont Graduate University explained the process of evaluation and how to use a “logic model” as a tool for capturing program goals and outcomes.  During the afternoon session, participants worked with their regional groups, and the logic model,  to generate short-term and long-term outcomes for each of their regional networks.

faculty-inquiry-networkDay 5 started with a presentation about the Faculty Inquiry Network and general information about ways to create a Faculty Inquiry Group, presented by Tom DeWitt and Katie Hern from Chabot College.  In the afternoon, participants worked in their regional groups to create a regional network inquiry question.   SCVN participants developed their inquiry question and will meet again in early August to further discuss the process for acquiring data, which will help them delve into this question.  The SCVN inquiry question follows:  How do we get faculty to take ownership (ongoing engagement in and implementation of) of their professional development in teaching underprepared students? Check out more detailed information regarding the SCVN Inquiry.

If you’d like to learn more about the Faculty Inquiry Network, check it out here.

Day 6, Rose Asera from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching discussed the theories behind and the value of networks for institutional transformation.  In the afternoon, participants met in regional groups and had time for hands-on learning with various technology sites that might be helpful for professional development.  The day culminated with each regional network writing a collective response to today’s inquiry question and posting it online.  Read the SCVN’s collective response!

Day 7, participants made personal videos that detailed their thoughts and feelings about the Leadership Institute and included their desires and needs regarding future Network building.  The day culminated with participants receiving certificates for their attendance, participation, and hard work during the Institute.

scvn-bsili-certificatesLeft to Right:  Rhonda Rios Kravitz, Sacramento City College; Beatriz Vasquez, College of the Siskiyous; Rhonda Farley, Cosumnes River College;  Kirsten Corbin, American River College; Miya Squires, Butte College.  Sadly, our SCVN participants Mario Cordova, Merced College; Donna Cooper, Fresno City College; and Lori Levine, Reedley College were unable to be present for this picture.

Meet our Leadership Institute Instructors:

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Left to right: Deborah Harrington, LACCD & 2009 BSI Project Director; Nancy Ybarra, Los Medanos College; Brock Klein, Pasadena City College

Meet some of our Institute guest speakers:

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Left to Right:  Barbara Illowsky, De Anza College, & BSI Project Director, 2007-2008; Bob Gabriner, California State University at San Francisco; Tina Christie, Claremont Graduate University.


Laura Lord, USC’s Center for Urban Education

Guest Speaker Sessions Open to All:
On Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 18 we were fortunate to have guest speaker sessions open to all. On Tuesday, Julie Phelps, Project Director of Achieving the Dream and Professor of Mathematics at Valencia Community College, presented “The Institution as Learner: Making Progress.” During the presentation, Phelps shared the perspectives of Valencia Community College’s Achieving the Dream Leadership Team, a Faculty/Student Affairs/Academic Affairs partnership, about the institution’s key strategies for developing focus, engagement, commitment, meaningful data, and systemic improvement.

On Thursday, Rita M. Cepeda, President of San Diego Mesa College and Bernadine Chuck Fong, President Emerita, Foothill College presented “Administrative Commitment to the Basic Skills Initiative.”  Check out a summation of their presentation’s questions and answers prepared by Miya Squires, Butte College.

Meet Institute Special Guests:



Juan Cruz from the Chancellor’s Office, Monitor of the Basic Skills Initiative, spent most of the week with us at the Institute. Thank you for your support, Juan!

Presenters’ PowerPoints and more detailed information can be found at the BSILI Edulounge site.

Check out other important Resource Documents mentioned by presenters at the Institute.

Watch videos of the SCVN team in action:

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Take a look at what SCVN participants had to say about the BSI Leadership Institute and the Network…

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5635660[/vimeo][vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5634446[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5632998[/vimeo][vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5634037[/vimeo][vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5600937[/vimeo] Mario Cordova is from Merced College

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/5600968[/vimeo] Rhonda Rios Kravitz is from Sacramento City College

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QekCPYvOYlQ[/youtube] Lori Levine is from Reedley College

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