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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Janet Miller, Saddleback College Adult Education

Collaborative and Coordinated Professional Development:

  • Type of Practice: Professional Development
  • Targeted Population: Teachers, Faculty and Staff
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, English as a Second Language & Citizenship
  • Consortia Involved:
    South Bay Adult Education Consortium/Southwestern: Capistrano Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, South Orange County Community College District, Tustin Unified School District

The Challenge

Saddleback Adult Education has hired 28 new Associate Faculty since launching Adult ESL and Citizenship courses in Fall 2015. We anticipate hiring even more instructors as our department continues to grow and as we add additional off-campus teaching facilities. Associate Faculty require orientation, onboarding, and ongoing professional development.

The Solution

Adult Education courses are held at off-site locations throughout our South Orange County region. Once a new instructor is hired, we invite her/him to attend two-hour Professional Development sessions, which are held monthly at the Saddleback College Faculty Development Center. These sessions serve two purposes: primarily, they provide faculty with orientation, technology resources and training, program updates, forms and documents, and an opportunity for feedback, sharing of ideas, and discussion with their peers; secondly, having Professional Development sessions here on our main campus assures that all faculty members feel connected to our institution and have the opportunity to come to campus, and meet and develop relationships with ot


Professional Development stipends are provided to compensate instructors for time spent in these monthly sessions. Faculty members are also encouraged to seek professional development opportunities such as seminars and conferences that take place elsewhere, and may apply for Faculty Development Funding to help offset costs of attendance. Faculty who attend such off-campus conferences and events are then encouraged to share information from their experiences with fellow Associate Faculty at a monthly Professional Development session.

The Data

We have a growing demand from past and current Adult Education instructors at our partner K-12 districts who are eager to join the ranks of Saddleback College Associate Faculty as we continue to transition Adult Education programming from the K-12 districts to the College.

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